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Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, Schools, and Trade Associations for Workforce Development Programs

Office of Apprenticeship, Information and Training (OAIT) and the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) Pre-Apprenticeship Intermediary Initiative

GrantWatch ID# 188469
Agency: State

Funding Source
District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES)
Workforce Development Bureau
Funding or PIN Number: DOES-OAIT/MBSYEP 2023
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington, DC

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/23/23 3:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit and community organizations, for-profits, IHEs, secondary schools, labor unions, trade associations, and chambers of commerce to support workforce development opportunities for young adults from minority backgrounds as well as for those with disabilities. Funding is intended for pre-apprenticeship initiatives that lead to direct entry into a registered apprenticeship opportunity, offering work-based job training and credential attainment. Preference will be given to programs that focus primarily on developing skills and entry points into the skilled trades, such as construction, carpentry, manufacturing, plumbing, and heavy machine operating fields. Nontraditional programs providing certification in information technology, health, education, and administration will also be prioritized.

Office of Apprenticeship, Information and Training (OAIT) and the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) Pre-Apprenticeship Intermediary Initiative

Within DOES OYP, the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) is a locally funded initiative that provides District youth with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors. Though MBSYEP is a short-term employment and training program, the goal is to introduce youth to employers who will positively impact their futures.

DOES, through its Office of Apprenticeship, Information, and Training (OAIT) is the State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA), which has oversight of the apprenticeship system in the District of Columbia. OAIT monitors apprenticeship programs to ensure compliance and the implementation of quality training for all registered apprentices. OAIT also provides guidance and technical assistance to new and current apprenticeship sponsors regarding federal and local regulations, in addition to program regulation, for a successful program.

Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP) are proven models of apprenticeship that have been validated by U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) or the SSA, offering workers paid relevant workplace experiences and enable employers to access a workforce while developing their skilled future talent immediately. RAPs are proven solutions for businesses to recruit, train, and retain highly skilled workers. 

As part of the MBSYEP Pre-Apprenticeship Intermediary Initiative, DOES’ OAIT offers grants to organizations to develop and implement pre-apprenticeship initiatives within skilled trades or non-traditional trades that lead to registered apprenticeship opportunities for  minority youth (in-school and out-of-school) ages 18-24 and inclusive individuals (individuals possessing physical or mental condition(s) that limits movements, senses, or activities). To demonstrate capacity to move SYEP participants into apprenticeship opportunities post-apprenticeship completion, applying organizations must demonstrate partnerships with RAP approved by the D.C. Apprenticeship Council.

In order to expand innovative programming and meet the demands of District residents, this pre-apprenticeship initiative must lead to direct entry into a RAP that features 1) work-based job training and 2) credential attainment for 100 District residents high school seniors on track to graduate or youth 18-24 with High School Diploma or G.E.D. Proposed pre-apprenticeship programs should also provide enrolled students with related instruction that leads to the achievement of a nationally recognized certification. After completion of the program, pre-apprentices are to be transitioned into a RAP through partnerships established by the applicant. 

For further information about the program and responsibilities of the grantee, please see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizations that are eligible to apply for this grant include public and private non-profits and for-profit organizations with demonstrated effectiveness providing the requested services and meeting the needs of the target population, including:
- Non-profit, community, or faith-based organizations;
- Community colleges or other postsecondary institutions
- Public, charter, or alternative secondary schools;
- Trade associations or chambers of commerce;
- Private, for-profit service providers; or
- Labor unions, labor-management partnerships, or registered apprenticeship programs;
- Must have a registered apprenticeship program or have partnerships with other registered apprenticeship programs.

All Applicants must be current on payment of all federal and District taxes, including Unemployment Insurance and Paid Family Leave taxes and Workers' Compensation premiums. Applicants cannot be listed on any federal or local excluded parties’ lists.

For the purpose of this RFA, all Applicants shall provide services in the District of Columbia and be eligible to conduct business with the Government of the District of Columbia. Each applicant must provide legal proof of ownership or occupancy.

Participant eligibility: Participants who are 17 years-of-age may be eligible to participate in the program. However, they must be 18 years-of-age by August 1, 2023 and the organization must undergo a background check.

Food for staff or participants enrolled in the program is not an allowable expense under this grant.

Pre-Proposal Conference
A Pre-Application Conference will be held as follows:

Virtual Platform: Microsoft Teams

Date: March 7, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Attendance is highly encouraged.

Please email if you will be attending the pre-application meeting to receive the meeting invite link.

Pre-Application Information
Application Submission Deadline: March 23, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. EST

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
The 2023 OAIT/MBSYEP Intermediary Initiative Grant will operate from the date of award through September 30, 2023. DOES reserves the sole right to exercise up to three option years beyond the original period of performance contingent upon the availability of funding and satisfactory performance from the grantee.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Program Contact:
Demetries M. Saunders

Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 724-7000

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