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Grants to USA Nonprofits to Facilitate Workplace Readiness for Women

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


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Funding Source
Women’s Bureau
CFDA Number: 17.701
Funding or PIN Number: FOA-WB-23-00
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Geographic Focus

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/29/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
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.

This program aims to provide technical assistance (TA) to employers (which may include public sector entities) and labor unions in the United States and its territories 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 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, justice-involved women, young women and girls who are opportunity youth, immigrant women, transgender women, and women who live in rural geographic areas.

Applicants that plan to accelerate local or state government agency efforts to increase women’s inclusion and equity in projects funded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, or BIL), CHIPS and Science Act, Inflation Reduction Act, or other federal funding are also encouraged to apply. For the purposes of this FOA, the term "woman" or "women" is to be interpreted in the most inclusive manner with participant eligibility to be inclusive of transgender women and non-binary individuals.


  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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)

Eligible Entities: Only CBOs, 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) 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, are eligible to apply for these grants. A consortium of CBOs may apply as a single applicant; in such instances, the applicant should provide a copy of the consortium agreement that specifies which entity will administer the grant.

Recipients of WANTO Act grant program funds awarded under the FY 2022 FOA are NOT eligible to apply for a FY 2023 WANTO grant. FY 2022 grantees will be eligible to apply again in FY 2024.

For funding restrictions, see p. 23 of the FOA in Attached Files.

Pre-Application Information
The closing date for receipt of applications under this Announcement is 5/29/2023. 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.

Required Registrations:
- All applicants for federal grant and funding opportunities must have a UEI and must supply their UEI on the SF-424. UEIs are issued by
- Applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application. Registration and renewal can take up to ten business days to complete.
- 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.

Only one application from each organization will be considered.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Approximately 6 to 14 projects

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 9/30/2023.

Contact Information
For further information about this FOA, please contact:
Marc Purvis, Grants Management Specialist
Office of Grants Management

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