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Workplace Readiness for Women

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

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:

06/20/22 11:59 PM ET 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 several 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 (which may include public entities) 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 (as defined in Appendix B "Acronyms and Definitions"), 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 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, women at or below the federal poverty line, formerly incarcerated women, immigrant women, transgender women, and women who live in rural geographic areas.

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 p. 8 of the FOA document in Attached Files below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128392

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,400,000

Number of Grants:

6

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is 24 months with an anticipated start date of 09/30/2022.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- 12 (Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education)
- 25 (Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification))

Eligible Entities: Only CBOs as defined in Appendix B 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.

To be eligible for funds under this grant program, an applicant must be a community-based organization (CBO) as defined in Appendix B. In awarding grants, the Department will give priority to applications that meet the following criteria per the WANTO Act legislation (the application requirements for this grant can be found in Section IV.B):
- Demonstrate experience preparing women to gain employment in A/NTO;
- Demonstrate experience working with the business community to prepare them to place women in A/NTO;
- Have tradeswomen or women in nontraditional occupations as active members of the organization, as either employees or board members; and
- Have experience delivering TA specifically as defined above, including developing (establishing, expanding and/or enhancing) pre-apprenticeship, 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 setting up support groups, facilitating networks, and/or providing supportive services for women in A/NTO to improve their retention.

Recipients of WANTO Act grant program funds awarded under the FY 2021 FOA are NOT eligible to apply for a FY 2022 WANTO grant. These former grantees will be eligible to apply again in FY 2023. Recipients of funds awarded under previous WANTO Act grant programs outside of those who were awarded funds under the FY 2021 FOA are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

For Funding Restrictions, see pp. 21-24 of the FOA in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date for receipt of applications under this Announcement is 06/20/2022. Applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application before the closing date to minimize the risk of late receipt.

Applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application. Additionally, applicants must list their UEI number on the SF-424. The Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), is a new, non-proprietary number assigned by SAM.gov.

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.

Only one application from each organization will be considered.

News Release: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/wb/wb20220511

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=340246

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

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:
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CFDA Number:

17.701

Funding or Pin Number:

FOA-WB-22-15

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