WIOA Dislocated Worker National Reserve Demonstration Grants


To carry out demonstration and pilot projects for the purpose of developing and implementing techniques and approaches, and demonstrating the effectiveness of specialized methods, in addressing employment and training needs of Dislocated Workers.

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 2021 1) In June 2021, DOL awarded nearly $20 million in grants to four national out-of-school time organizations to expand local work readiness programs and support workforce development activities among these organizations’ local affiliates. Workforce Pathways for Youth program expands job training and workforce activities for youth. 2) In January 2021, DOL awarded $40 million to 11 grantees for Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants to build the capacity of community colleges to collaborate with employers and the public workforce development system to meet local and regional labor market demand for a skilled workforce. The grants also build the capacity of community colleges to address challenges associated with the COVID-19 health crisis, such as expanding online and technology-enabled learning and migrating services to a virtual environment.
Fiscal Year 2023 On May 17, 2023, ETA published a Funding Opportunity Announcement to solicit applications for the Critical Sectors Job Quality Demonstration Grant initiative, which will provide funding for grants to develop evidence-based workforce strategies that provide employers a pathway to improve employment in targeted sectors, with a particular focus on workers in underrepresented populations that have faced social, economic, and other barriers to jobs with higher-quality working conditions. Grants will be awarded in one of two tiers for this initiative: Planning and Implementation. ETA will award grants to successful applicants by September 30, 2023.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Public Law 113-228. This assistance number may also include additional authorizations by Congress for competitive grants., Title 1, Part D, Section 169(c), Public Law 113-228
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include: State and local governments, Federal agencies, private non-profit and for profit organizations, including faith-based and community-based organizations, and educational institutions. Note: Applicant eligibility may be restricted to one or more applicant classes under the particular announcement or solicitation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Project participants are dislocated workers and incumbent workers.
Non-governmental entities ordinarily must furnish documentary evidence of adequate financial controls.
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 (FOA) in the Federal Register and also on ETA's Internet website http://www.doleta.gov. To compete for a grant, organizations develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how the organization will provide services to a targeted population. The FOA provides all of the necessary information for applying for federal assistance.
Award Procedure
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable FOA. 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. 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 Web site at www.doleta.gov. If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable FOA.
Project extensions available upon approval by the Grant Officer (renewals are not automatic). Requests for extensions or renewals must be submitted in writing.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for each proposal are specified in the applicable FOA.
How may assistance be used?
To carry out demonstration and pilot projects for the purpose of developing and implementing techniques and approaches, and demonstrating the effectiveness of specialized methods, in addressing employment and training needs of Dislocated Workers.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is done by the Contracting Officer's or Grant Officer's Technical Representative in accordance with Federal Acquisition or Department of Labor Management Series Guidelines.
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 authorized 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 1 to 2 years. Reports are required for accountability purposes.
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
Robert Kight
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20210 US
Phone: 202-693-3937
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$12,000,000.00; FY 23 est $30,000,000.00; FY 24 est $33,000,000.00; FY 21$20,000,000.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 19$0.00; FY 18$22,000,000.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$22,000,000.00; - A maximum of ten percent of the WIOA Dislocated Worker National Reserve may be used for Demonstration and Pilot projects.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grant awards average $3.6 million
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Notices of FOAs are published periodically in the Federal Register on the ETA website at www.doleta.gov
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2021 In 2018, the Department awarded $22 million across six Phase One National Health Emergency (NHE) Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grants, which completed in 2021. These innovative grants respond to the opioid crisis and were awarded to six states: Alaska, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington. As part of the NHE Demonstration grant activities, the Department of Labor is conducting an implementation evaluation, which will be completed in fall 2021.


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