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Disability Employment Initiative - $15M in Grants


  • Published: 2014-05-29 (Revised/Updated 2016-03-27) : Author: The U.S. Department of Labor : Contact: www.dol.gov
  • Synopsis: Availability of $15 million in grants to state workforce agencies to develop strategies to increase participation of people with disabilities in career pathways programs in public workforce system.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $15 million in grants to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to increase the participation of people with disabilities in existing career pathways programs in the public workforce system.

These grants represent the fifth round of funding through the Disability Employment Initiative, a joint program of the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy.

"People with disabilities have enormous contributions to make to our economy, and they are still disproportionately represented among the unemployed," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "These grants will help ensure that these workers have better access to training programs that lead to good jobs and economic self-sufficiency."

The DEI intends to build the public workforce system's capacity to effectively serve youth and adults with disabilities.

To date the department has awarded more than $81 million through four rounds of funding to 26 projects that have resulted in significant improvements in the delivery of services to people with disabilities through the public workforce system. Improvements include:

Through the current competition, the department will build upon these and other successful DEI project strategies to ensure that people with disabilities can access career pathways programs through the AJCs nationwide.

The department intends to award at least one grant in each of three population focus areas:

For purposes of this grant application solicitation, individuals with significant disabilities include job seekers who:

The department anticipates awarding eight grants, ranging from $1.5 to $2.5 million, to be spent over a 42-month period.

Workforce agencies interested in applying for this funding (SGA/DFA PY 13-11) should visit www.grants.gov. The deadline to apply is July 8, 2014.

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