Grant funds will be used to equip underserved youth with the education and employment skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Program services include post-secondary education and training opportunities, including apprenticeship; opportunities for meaningful work and service to their communities; and opportunities to develop employment and leadership skills and a commitment to community development. As part of their programming, YouthBuild grantees will partner with underserved youth to increase the supply of permanent affordable housing for homeless individuals and low-income families and to assist youth to develop the leadership, learning, and in-demand occupational skills needed to succeed in future careers.

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 Please see: Placement into Employment, Post-Secondary Education or Vocational Training: 53.25%Attainment of a Degree or Certificate: 69.55% Literacy/Numeracy Gains: 61.56%
Fiscal Year 2017 Not currently available.
Fiscal Year 2018 Not currently available.
Fiscal Year 2019 More than 86% of YouthBuild grants awarded in 2019 included expansion of the construction training model into "Construction Plus," providing training and industry-recognized certification in diverse in-demand industries including health care, information technology, culinary/hospitality, and advanced manufacturing and logistics.
Fiscal Year 2022 In FY 22, DOL awarded 68 YouthBuild grants to organizations in 28 states and Puerto Rico.
Fiscal Year 2023 In FY 23, DOL awarded 68 YouthBuild grants to organizations in 31 states.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. It supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This regulation has been published in the Federal Register., Title Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Part Title I, Subtitle D, Section 171, Public Law 113-128
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants for these grants are public or private nonprofit agency or organization (including a consortium of such agencies or organizations), including: a community-based organization; a faith-based organization; an entity carrying out activities under this title, such as a local board; a community action agency; a State or local housing development agency; an Indian tribe or other agency primarily serving Indians; a community development corporation; a State or local youth service or conservation corps; and any other entity eligible to provide education or employment training under a Federal program other than YouthBuild.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Under WIOA, an eligible youth is an individual who is (i) not less than age 16 and not more than age 24 on the date of enrollment; (ii) a member of a low-income family, a youth in foster care (including youth aging out of foster care), a youth offender, a youth who is an individual with a disability, a child of incarcerated parents, or a migrant youth; and (iii) a school dropout or an individual who was a school dropout and has subsequently reenrolled. Up to (but not more than) 25 percent of the participants in the program may be youth who do not meet the education and disadvantaged criteria above but who are: (1) basic skills deficient, despite attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent (including recognized certificates of attendance or similar documents for individuals with disabilities); or (2) have been referred by a local secondary school for participation in a YouthBuild program leading to the attainment of a secondary school diploma.
Grantees must demonstrate adequate organizational capacity to implement a YouthBuild program which includes a description of the type of educational or occupational skills credential(s) that will be gained through participating in the program. Additionally, grantees must provide evidence of the capacity to track and report required performance outcomes and must demonstrate successful past performance with a YouthBuild grant or other similar youth-serving program.
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 ETA's Internal Web site at and via 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 funding opportunity announcement. 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 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 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 120 to 180 days.
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable Funding Opportunity Announcement.
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?
Criteria for each proposal are specified in the applicable Funding Opportunity Announcement.
How may assistance be used?
The funds must be used for: (A) Education and workforce investment activities including— (i) work experience and skills training (coordinated, to the maximum extent feasible, with pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs) in the activities described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) related to rehabilitation or construction, and, if approved by the Secretary, in additional in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the region in which the program operates; (ii) occupational skills training; (iii) other paid and unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing; (iv) services and activities designed to meet the educational needs of participants, including— (I) basic skills instruction and remedial education; (II) language instruction educational programs for participants who are English language learners; (III) secondary education services and activities, including tutoring, study skills training, and school dropout prevention and recovery activities, designed to lead to the attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent (including recognized certificates of attendance or similar documents for individuals with disabilities); (IV) counseling and assistance in obtaining postsecondary education and required financial aid; and (V) alternative secondary school services; (v) counseling services and related activities, such as comprehensive guidance and counseling on drug and alcohol abuse and referral; (vi) activities designed to develop employment and leadership skills, which may include community service and peer-centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social behaviors, and activities related to youth policy committees that participate in decision-making related to the program; (vii) supportive services and provision of need-based stipends necessary to enable individuals to participate in the program and to assist individuals, for a period not to exceed 12 months after the completion of training, in obtaining or retaining employment, or applying for and transitioning to postsecondary education or training; and (viii) job search and assistance. (B) Supervision and training for participants in the rehabilitation or construction of housing, including residential housing for homeless individuals or low-income families, or transitional housing for homeless individuals, and, if approved by the Secretary, in additional in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the region in which the program operates. (C) Supervision and training for participants— (i) in the rehabilitation or construction of community and other public facilities, except that not more than 15 percent of funds appropriated to carry out this section may be used for such supervision and training; and (ii) if approved by the Secretary, in additional in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the region in which the program operates. (D) Payment of administrative costs of the applicant, including recruitment and selection of participants, except that not more than 10 percent of the amount of assistance provided under this subsection to the grant recipient may be used for such costs. (E) Adult mentoring. (F) Provision of wages, stipends, or benefits to participants in the program. (G) Ongoing training and technical assistance that are related to developing and carrying out the program. (H) Follow-up services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The quarterly performance reports must be submitted within 45 days following the end of each Program Year quarter.
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 is mandatory. 25%. Funded programs are required to provide matching funds of 25% toward the grant award amount.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
YouthBuild funds are awarded for a period of 3 years and 4 months, which includes four months of planning, two years of program operations, and one year of follow-up services to youth. 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
Jeff Hunt
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210 US
Phone: 2026933371
Fax: 2026933861
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210 USA
Phone: 2026933604
Fax: 2026933861
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$90,000,000.00; FY 23 est $94,000,000.00; FY 24 est $98,000,000.00; FY 21$89,000,000.00; FY 20$85,000,000.00; FY 19$86,000,000.00; FY 18$0.00; FY 17$80,000,000.00; FY 16$82,000,000.00; - Certifying Official's confirmed
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grants range from $700,000 to $1.5 million.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Provided in the applicable Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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