Workforce Innovation Fund


The Workforce Innovation Fund will fund projects that demonstrate innovative strategies or replicate effective evidence-based strategies that align and strengthen the workforce investment system in order to improve program delivery and education and employment outcomes for program beneficiaries.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011; the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6) and the Consolidated Funding Act, 2014 (P.L. 113-76). Entities awarded grant funds from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) must adhere to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) consolidation and publication of the 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. , Title VIII, Section 1801, Public Law 112-10.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible institutions are: (i) State Workforce Agencies; (ii) Local Workforce Investment Boards; (iii) entities eligible to apply for WIA Section 166 grants; (iv) consortia of State Workforce Agencies; (v) consortia of Local Workforce Investment Boards; and (vi) consortia of entities eligible to apply for WIA Section 166 grants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The scope of potential beneficiaries under these programs can be very broad. Please review the Solicitations for Grant Application for specific requirements.
Generally grantees must demonstrate an adequate organizational capacity, both fiscally and programmatically, and strong proposed plans for implementing their project. Applicants should review the Solicitations for Grant Applications for specific requirements. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. OMB Circulars No. A-87, A-122, and A-133 apply to this program. Grants for projects are awarded on a competitive basis, announced in Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGAs) in the Federal Register and also on ETA's Internet Web site at To compete for a grant, eligible applicants develop a proposal and budget. The SGA provides all of the necessary information for applying for federal assistance.
Award Procedure
Procedures are specified in the Solicitation for Grant Applications. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel composed of federal staff and peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each application and the cumulative rating. Selections are made based on the best rated proposals, as well as other factors as cited in the SGA. 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 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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. ETA announces grant recipients once the paneling process is complete (see above).
Procedures are specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Application.
Renewals with funds are 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?
See SGA.
How may assistance be used?
Funds can be used for a broad range of activities. Please see the grant solicitations for specific allowable activities. Restrictions are established by law and through the grant solicitations. All of the Workforce Innovation Fund grants are discretionary. They will be awarded through a competitive process.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Quarterly progress reports are required within 45 days following the end of the quarter. Quarterly financial reports are required within 45 days following the end of the quarter. Annual performance reports are required within 45 days following the end of each project year. Final progress reports are required no later than 90 days after all grant funds have been expended, or the period of grant funds availability has expired. Regional Federal Project Officers conduct monitoring using risk assessments, desk monitoring, and on-site reviews.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
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 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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Most projects last approximately 3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Gina King Wells 200 Constitution Ave, NW, S4209, Washington, District of Columbia 20210. Email: Phone: 202-693-3763
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $51,000,000; FY 15 est $39,000,000; and FY 16 est $0 - About 95% of the appropriated amount will be awarded through competitive grants, and the remainder will be used by the Department of Labor to provide technical assistance and evaluate grantee projects.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See SGAs.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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