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Grants to USA state and local transit agencies, non-profits, universities, and others for projects that will enable low income workers to find employment in the public transportation industry. Eligible projects provide skills training and other services needed to to find employment in the public transportation industry.
FTA is seeking projects that create a new nationally or regionally significant workforce development program, or augment or replicate a successful existing program that will have benefits for transit agencies or the transit industry. While either type of effort will be considered, programs or approaches with an existing track record of success are likely to receive significant consideration.
• Targeting areas with high rates of unemployment;
• Helping persons in local communities to directly benefit from employment opportunities created by the construction and operation of new transit capital projects or other public transportation activities within their region;
• Providing career pathways that support the movement of targeted populations (e.g., new transit entrants and other underserved populations) from initial or short-term employment opportunities to sustainable careers;
• Helping to increase through outreach and training the employment of minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, low-income populations and other underserved populations in public transportation activities;
• Addressing gaps in areas with current or projected workforce shortages in fields related to public transportation;
• Pre-employment training/preparation/tracking; and/or
• Recruitment and hiring.
Projects must provide direct support to workforce development projects.
Capital expenses such as equipment purchases are not considered to be eligible costs unless they directly relate to the workforce development program being supported by FTA funds.
Acceptable costs can include, but are not limited to: Faculty/instructors, including salaries and fringe benefits, support staff, classroom space, books, materials and supplies, and transportation stipends for students.
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Estimated Size of Grant:
Up to 24 months.