Apprenticeship USA Grants


The objectives for grant funding are three fold: 1) Make Registered Apprenticeship a mainstream education and career pathway option, one that can help each state, and the country as a whole, maintain its prominence in building the strongest, most adaptable, and most credentialed workforce in the world. 2) Support integrated, 21st Century statewide apprenticeship strategies that promote and scale apprenticeships, as well as, critical investments in State capacity to keep pace with industry demand for new programs, including apprenticeships in both traditional and non-traditional industries such as, IT, Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, Cybersecurity, Business Services, among others. 3) Develop and utilize state strategies that offer innovative approaches to significantly increase apprenticeship opportunities for all American workers, particularly underrepresented populations in apprenticeship including young people, women, minorities, veterans, including transitioning service members, and persons with disabilities to prepare for and successfully enter careers that provide long-term employment and family- sustaining wages in growing industries and occupations within the State and regional economies.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
National Apprenticeship Act of 1937 (Fitzgerald Act) and The FY 2016 Omnibus Budget, Public Law 075-75-308, 29 U.S.C. 1-4
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
- ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion (i.e., development of new Registered Apprenticeship Programs) - Statewide Promotion and Outreach to engage industry and business partners in Registered Apprenticeship - State Alignment of Registered Apprenticeship, Workforce (WIOA) , Education and Economic Development - Increased Employer Demand through Incentives - Job Training and supportive services - ApprenticeshipUSA pilots and demonstrations to increase diversity in Registered Apprenticeship - Modernized Apprenticeship Data Collection and Reporting - Program Administration - Program Evaluation
Beneficiary Eligibility
States and US Territories are the recipients of this funding.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This FOA will be available at and These links will contain all of the information and links to forms needed to apply for grant funding. Applicants should note that hyperlinks to portions of the FOA are included in various parts of the Announcement. Applicants are required to comply with all parts of the FOA, including those parts found at the hyperlinks. Projects are awarded on a competitive basis.
Award Procedure
Funding announcements will be published in the Federal Register and the Employment and Training Administration's website at or through a Training and Employment Guidance Letter. These announcements will provide all of the necessary information to apply for federal assistance.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Funding announcements are projected to be made in Fall 2016.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funding will be used to help states develop and implement comprehensive strategies to drive apprenticeship expansion; engage industry and other partners to expand apprenticeship to new sectors and new populations; enhance state capacity to conduct outreach and work with employers to start new programs; and expand participation in apprenticeship through state innovations, incentives and system reforms. By launching the ApprenticeshipUSA Expansion and Innovation grant initiative, the department is taking a critical first step in charting a new path forward for ApprenticeshipUSA, with States as the key facilitators.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: ETA will monitor state grantees. States, in turn, are required to monitor sub-grants and other partnership activities associated with the grant.
Not applicable.
For program sponsors, apprenticeship selection records are required to show compliance with nondiscrimination requirements set out in Title 29 CFR Part 30 and are to be kept for 5 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
FY 2016 is the first year of funding. The period of performance is still being determined. See applicable funding announcement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Please find a list of ETA Office of Apprenticeship representatives at:
Headquarters Office
Anna J. Velez
200 Constitution Ave., N.W. (room # C5321)

Washington, DC 20210 US
Phone: 202 693 2796
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$49,000,000.00; FY 19 est $93,000,000.00; FY 20 est $97,000,000.00; FY 17$51,000,000.00; FY 16$10,000,000.00; - FY 2016 is the first year of funding. Future funding is conditional upon congressional approval.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average grant will be approximately $1.55 million with a range of $700,000 - $3,000,000 depending on a combination of factors including but not limited to state size and level of commitment to innovate and expand Registered Apprenticeship in the State.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Title 29 CFR 29 "Apprenticeship programs, labor standards for the registration, amendment of regulations" at Title 29 CFR Part 30 "Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship and Training"
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 FY 2016 Apprenticeship USA Expansion and Innovation Grants
Fiscal Year 2017 FY 2017 Apprenticeship USA Expansion and Innovation Grants


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