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Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Facilitate
Workplace Readiness for Women

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) - Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Women's Bureau

Deadline Date:

06/04/21 4:00 PM Eastern Time Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA community-based nonprofit organizations to facilitate workplace readiness for women. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. Eligible programs are those that prepare women to work in fields in which women are historically underrepresented or where women are disproportionately concentrated in the lower-wage occupations. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter and lead in all industries.

This program aims to provide technical assistance (TA) to employers and labor unions to encourage employment of women in both apprenticeable occupations and nontraditional occupations (A/NTO), specifically in the following ways:

  • Developing (establishing, expanding, and/or enhancing) pre-apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, Registered Apprenticeship, or other nontraditional skills training programs designed to prepare women for careers in A/NTO;
  • Providing ongoing orientations or other resources for employers, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women in A/NTO; and/or
  • Setting up support groups, facilitating networks, and/or providing supportive services (as defined in section IV.E.3) for women in A/NTO to improve their retention.

Applicants may propose to provide technical assistance to support women’s participation and success in the full range of industries in which women are historically underrepresented or where women are disproportionately concentrated in the lower-wage occupations. Such industries include but are not limited to advanced manufacturing, construction, energy, health care, information technology, finance, and transportation. Applicants with experience working with or as an equity intermediary (as defined in section III.C.1) are encouraged to apply as well as applicants with a proposed focus on expanding outreach/recruitment to historically underrepresented communities including but not limited to women of color and women with disabilities. 

38 U.S.C. 4215 requires grantees to provide priority of service to veterans and spouses of certain veterans for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services in any job training program directly funded, in whole or in part, by DOL. For more information, see page 12 of the FOA document in Attached Files below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128392

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,500,000

Number of Grants:

Between four and ten grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $750,000
- Award Floor: $350,000

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is 24 months and an anticipated start date of October 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following organizations are eligible to apply:
A.1 Eligible Entities
Only CBOs as defined in Section III.C.1 are eligible to apply for these grants. A consortium of CBOs may apply as a single applicant, provided the applicant includes a copy of the consortium agreement that specifies which entity will administer the grant.
A.2. Current and Former Grantees
Recipients of WANTO Act grant program funds awarded under the FY 2020 FOA are NOT eligible to apply for a FY 2021 WANTO grant. These former grantees will be eligible to apply again in FY 2022. Recipients of funds awarded under previous WANTO Act grant programs outside of those who were awarded funds under the FY 2020 FOA are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. Former WANTO Act grantees must explain, in their “Statement of Need”
(see Section IV.B.3), how their proposed TA activities are materially different from those already performed using funds awarded through a WANTO Act grant program. Though materially different, these activities can still build on past performance activities, strengthening or bolstering them, to achieve further results.

For the purposes of this grant program, a community-based organization is defined as: A private non-profit organization (i.e., incorporated under Internal Revenue Service (IRS) §§ 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4)) (except for § 501(c)(4) organizations that engage in lobbying as described in section VI.B. of this FOA) that is representative of a community or a significant segment of a community and that has demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in the field of workforce development.

Pre-Application Information:

Closing Date for Applications: Jun 04, 2021 The closing date for receipt of applications under this announcement is June 4, 2021 Applications must be received no later than 4:00:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

How to Register to Apply through Grants.gov: Read through the registration process carefully before registering. These steps may take as long as four weeks to complete, and this time should be factored into plans for timely electronic submission in order to avoid unexpected delays that could result in the rejection of an application. Applicants must follow the online instructions for registration at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html.

All applicants for federal grant and funding opportunities must have a DUNS number, and must supply their DUNS Number on the SF-424. The DUNS Number is a nine-digit identification number that uniquely identifies business entities. If you do not have a DUNS Number, you can get one for free through the D&B website: https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do.

Applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application. Find instructions for registering with SAM at https://www.sam.gov.

News Release: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/wb/wb20210426

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333076

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Marc Purvis
Grants Management Specialist
Purvis.marc@dol.gov

If you encounter a problem with Grants.gov and do not find an answer in any of the other resources, contact one of the following:
- Call 1-800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035 to speak to a Customer Support Representative
or
- Email support@grants.gov.
The Grants.gov Contact Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but closed on federal holidays. If you are experiencing difficulties with your submission, it is best to call the Grants.gov Support Center and get a ticket number

CFDA Number:

17.201

Funding or Pin Number:

FOA-WB-21-01

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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