Workforce Innovation Fund


The Workforce Innovation Fund funds 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
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - 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 (Tribal entities).
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.
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. No new applications are being accepted.
Award Procedure
No new applications are being accepted.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
See SGAs.
How may assistance be used?
Funds can be used for a broad range of activities. Please see the grant solicitations for specific allowable activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: 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.
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 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
Most projects last approximately 3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
No new applications are being accepted.
Headquarters Office
Wendy Havenstrite
200 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20210 US
Phone: 2026932618
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 17$0.00; FY 18 est $0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 16$0.00; - No new applications are being accepted.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See SGAs.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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