Friday, March 4, 2011

DOL Funding Opportunity Supports Transitional Jobs

This week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $40 million for Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration grants. Grants will support programs that provide transitional job training to two specific target populations- low-income non-custodial parents and ex-offenders. By definition, transitional jobs programs offer participants temporary, paid work experience in order to improve their employability, earnings and opportunities for advancement in the workforce. 

According to the press release, the Labor Department will award six to 12 grants between $3 million and $6 million each. Eligible applicants are nonprofit community and faith-based organizations, along with a number of local workforce investment boards. Applicants should have experience with providing transitional jobs programs currently operating or tested previously.  Grantees will be required to participate in a random assignment evaluation to determine how the strategies they use can contribute to the evidence base in generating the best employment and related results for program participants.

"Helping Americans get back to work is a priority for the Department of Labor. Work is about dignity, about providing for one's family and strengthening the U.S. economy," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "This grant program makes possible work experience and support that will enable low-income non-custodial parents and ex-offenders to become independent and able to support families."
Applications are due April 15, 2011.

Resources:  View the online tutorial "Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants" at

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