H-1B Job Training Grants


The H-1B Skills Training Grants provide training and related activities to workers to assist them in gaining the skills and competencies needed to obtain or upgrade employment in high-growth industries or economic sectors. Over time, these education and training programs will help businesses reduce their use of skilled foreign professionals permitted to work in the U.S. on a temporary basis under the H-1B visa program.

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
Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Performance Information is available at: https://www.dol.gov/general/aboutdol#budget
Fiscal Year 2021 36 grants totaling $185 million were awarded in FY2021, ranging from $1.2 to $10 million.
Fiscal Year 2023 In FY 2023, $78 million in H-1B grants were awarded to 25 public-private partnerships to support the nursing workforce through both awards to support nursing faculty training, as well as nursing professionals. An additional estimated $80 million will be awarded by the end of the FY to support infrastructure workforce training needs for projects being implemented through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act.
Funds are authorized by Section 414(c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended (29 USC 3224a). Unless otherwise stipulated, recipients are subject to Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule on December 26, 2013 and found at 2 CFR Part 200 along with the OMB approved exceptions for DOL at 2 CFR Part 2900 published on December 19, 2014 in the Federal Register., Section 414(c), Public Law 105-227
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grants may be awarded to a partnership of private and public sector entities as defined in the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA). Applicants may generally be public and non-profit organizations, and eligible applicants vary for individual grant programs. See the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for specific requirements.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The scope of potential trainees under these programs can be very broad. Please review the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for specific requirements. Training may be targeted to a wide variety of populations, including unemployed or underemployed individuals, and incumbent workers.
Generally grantees must demonstrate an adequate organizational capacity, both fiscally and programmatically, including a project management structure. Additionally, grantees must provide evidence of the use of data systems to track outcomes in a timely and accurate manner.
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. Grants for projects are awarded on a competitive basis, announced in Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) on grants.gov. There is not a set schedule for the release of FOAs. To compete for a grant, organizations develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how the organization will provide services to a targeted population. The FOAs provide all of the necessary information for applying for federal assistance.
Award Procedure
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable request for proposals. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel composed of staff from ETA program offices as well as peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the application and the cumulative rating. Selections are made based on the best rated proposals, as well as other factors cited in the FOA. Once selections are made by the Grant Officer, an Award Notification is sent through the appropriate congressional channels for notification. After awardees are notified, the list of awardees is posted on the ETA website at www.dol.gov. If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant as notification that they were not selected as a recipient of the grant.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. DOL announces grant recipients once the paneling process is complete, generally 90 to 120 days after the application deadline.
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
Renewals with funds are generally not available. However, with significant justification, ETA may elect to exercise its option to award no-cost extensions to these grants for an additional period, at its own discretion, based on the success of the program and other relevant factors.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for selecting proposals are specified in the applicable Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
How may assistance be used?
Funds are to be used to provide job training services and related activities to assist workers in gaining the skills and competencies needed to obtain or upgrade employment positions in high-growth industries and economic sectors, or occupations, which currently use H-1B visas to employ foreign workers. Grant opportunities are published on grants.gov. Please refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for specific eligibility requirements.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Quarterly performance reports are required within 45 days of the end of each quarter, using the reporting system specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Regional Federal Project Officers conduct performance monitoring using risk assessments, desk reviews, and on-site monitoring. Final project reports are due to ETA 45 days after the grant ends.
Not applicable.
Recipients are required to maintain books, records, documents, and other evidence of accounting procedures and practices sufficient to reflect properly all direct and indirect costs of whatever nature claimed to have been incurred for the performance of the grant. Records are to be retained for three years from the date of final payment unless the grant officer authorizes earlier disposal.
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
Projects last four or five years, depending on the specific FOA. Payments to grantees are usually made by Letter of Credit draw-down procedures. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact the nearest Employment and Training Administration Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Maya Kelley
200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room C-4518
Washington, DC 20010 USA
Phone: 202-693-2805

Jenn Smith
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room C-4526
Washington, DC 20210 US
Phone: 2026933597
Fax: 2026933313
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $158,000,000.00; FY 24 est $120,000,000.00; FY 21$185,000,000.00; FY 20$99,000,000.00; FY 19$184,000,000.00; FY 18$0.00; FY 17$115,000,000.00; FY 16$321,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2023 awards have ranged from $500,000 to $6,000,000, but amounts may vary. Please review specific Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), published on grants.gov, for details.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Provided in applicable Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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