OPPORTUNITY: $500M in Good Jobs Challenge grants could fund training and tech assistance

The US EDA explains…

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:

  1. System Development Help establish and develop a regional workforce training system comprised of multiple sector partnerships

  2. Program Design Develop the skills training curriculum and materials, and secure technical expertise needed to train workers

  3. 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

This entry was posted in Digital Divide, Funding, Opportunities by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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