EDA’s American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge aims to get Americans back to work by building and strengthening systems and partnerships that bring together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to train workers with in-demand skills that lead to good-paying jobs.
Through the Good Jobs Challenge, EDA is allocating $500 million to collaborative skills training systems and programs. EDA encourages efforts to reach historically underserved populations and areas, communities of color, women, and other groups facing labor market barriers such as persons with disabilities, disconnected youth, individuals in recovery, individuals with past criminal records, including justice impacted and reentry participants, serving trainees participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and veterans and military spouses.
A little more detail…
EDA will fund proposals within the following three phases, as applicable to regional needs:
System Development Help establish and develop a regional workforce training system comprised of multiple sector partnerships
Program Design Develop the skills training curriculum and materials, and secure technical expertise needed to train workers
Program Implementation Implement non-construction projects needed to provide workforce training and connect workers with quality jobs, including wrap-around services
Application deadline is January 26, 2022