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H-1B One Workforce Grant Program

Grants to USA Businesses, Nonprofits, Training and Education Providers,
and Economic Development Agencies for Career Training Programs

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Deadline Date:

11/12/20 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA businesses, nonprofit organizations that are business related, training and education providers, including colleges, CBOs, and faith-based organizations, and economic development agencies to develop collaborative career training programs in essential industries. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The purpose of this grant program is to fill critical shortages in economic regions by encouraging states and economic regions to work with industry stakeholders to develop dynamic workforce strategies that train workers and jobseekers for middle- to high-skilled H-1B occupations in key industry sectors, such as Information Technology (IT), advanced manufacturing, and transportation that are being transformed by technological advancements and automation, as well as other industries of the future that include artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information sciences (QIS), 5G/advanced communications, and biotechnology.

With this funding, ETA will support the IT/cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, and transportation sectors to upskill its present workforce and train a new generation of workers to build a pipeline for the future workforce. These grants will build proof of concepts of innovative training models that can be replicated by the broader workforce system.

Applicants must build support for a common vision for responding to the workforce challenges within their state and economic regions, ensuring that their projects complement and leverage, but do not duplicate, existing programs. By forging public-private partnerships—H-1B One Workforce Partnerships—applicants will bring together industry and employers, education and training providers, the workforce system, state and local government, and other entities that will work collaboratively to align resources in response to employer demand and to offer novel education and job training solutions that generate positive outcomes and results. 

For more information about the program purpose, see the FOA:

https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ETA/grants/pdfs/H-1B_OneWorkforceGrantProgram_FOA-ETA-20-13.pdf#page=5

This program will award grants to an H-1B One Workforce Partnership of public and private sector entities. Eligible lead applicants must establish a partnership that includes the following three types of entities:

  • Businesses - Applicants are required to partner with at least five employers or an industry/trade association;
  • Education and training providers; and
  • Workforce development entities.

Target Industries and Occupations:

To help companies in the transportation, advanced manufacturing, and IT sectors reduce the need for skilled foreign workers under the H-1B visa program, applicants must design their workforce training program(s) to target one of the following:

  • Option 1: Occupations in an H-1B industry – Applicants may choose to expand training programs in an H-1B industry. An H-1B industry is an industry in which the Department has certified H-1B visas for occupations in that industry. Appendix A is a list of H-1B industries that are acceptable for applications.
  • Option 2: H-1B occupations – Applicants may choose to target a specific H-1B occupation(s) for which a significant number of H-1B visas has been certified, even if that occupation is not in one of the identified H-1B industries listed in Appendix A. 

For more information about the above options, see the FOA:

https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ETA/grants/pdfs/H-1B_OneWorkforceGrantProgram_FOA-ETA-20-13.pdf#page=9

Appendix A can be found here:

https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ETA/grants/pdfs/H-1B_OneWorkforceGrantProgram_FOA-ETA-20-13.pdf#page=69

Applicants must propose projects that comprise all of the following activities:

  • Build new or expand existing sector partnerships that develop a workforce strategy across state and regional workforce and related sector agencies, including employers within the proposed sector-based initiative(s) and education and training entities;
  • Establish new or expand career pathways in the proposed sector-based initiative(s) that focus on the skills, competencies, and credentials needed for jobs within the targeted H-1B industries and occupations;
  • Offer high-quality training options (such as work-based learning training models) to prepare individuals to successfully move into middle- to high-skilled employment within the targeted H-1B industries and occupations;
  • Ensure that participants receive the supportive services necessary to participate fully in employment and training activities;
  • Develop a new or leverage an existing system for reviewing and collecting data, and monitor results to assess program performance; and
  • Create a new or leverage an existing infrastructure to successfully sustain the program components and partnerships after the life of the grant. 

For more information on allowable activities, see the FOA:

https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ETA/grants/pdfs/H-1B_OneWorkforceGrantProgram_FOA-ETA-20-13.pdf#page=12

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192912

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$150,000,000

Number of Grants:

The DOL expects to fund approximately 15–30 grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $500,000 to $10 million each.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is 48 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following four types of organizations qualify as eligible lead applicants:
- Businesses, business-related nonprofit organizations, such as industry and trade associations, and organizations functioning as a workforce intermediary for the express purpose of serving the needs of an industry;
- Education and training providers, including community colleges, other community-based and faith-based organizations, and for-profit educational and training institutions;
- Entities involved in administering the public workforce system established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); and
- Economic development agencies.

For more detailed eligibility requirements, see the FOA:
https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ETA/grants/pdfs/H-1B_OneWorkforceGrantProgram_FOA-ETA-20-13.pdf#page=18

Eligible participants served through this grant program must be at least 17 years old and not currently enrolled in secondary school within a local educational agency. Among the individuals eligible to receive training, those of interest include unemployed and underemployed individuals seeking full-time employment, and incumbent workers needing to upskill or reskill to retain employment or advance into middle- to high-skilled positions. For more information on eligible participants, see the FOA:
https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ETA/grants/pdfs/H-1B_OneWorkforceGrantProgram_FOA-ETA-20-13.pdf#page=23

For funding restrictions, see the FOA:
https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ETA/grants/pdfs/H-1B_OneWorkforceGrantProgram_FOA-ETA-20-13.pdf#page=47

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date for receipt of applications under this announcement is November 12, 2020. Applications received after 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date will not be reviewed.

Applications must be submitted either electronically on https://www.grants.gov or in hard copy by mail or in hard copy by hand delivery (including overnight delivery). All overnight delivery submissions will be considered to be hand-delivered and must be received at the designated place by the specified closing date and 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.

Prospective applicants for the H-1B One Workforce grants are strongly encouraged to review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page, which is available at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/skillsgrants/h1-b-skills-training (and can be found in Supporting Documents below). Please check this link frequently for future updates, as additional FAQs may be added.

Only one application from each organization as a lead applicant will be considered. Organizations may be involved as partners on multiple applications.

H-1B Skills Training Grants: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/skills-grants/h1-b-skills-training

Pre-Recorded Prospective Applicant Webinar:
https://h1bskillstraining.workforcegps.org/resources/2020/10/07/20/36/Prospective-Applicant-Webcast-H-1B-One-Workforce-FOA

Grant Applications 101 online tutorial: https://grantsapplicationandmanagement.workforcegps.org/sitecore/content/global/resources/2016/05/27/13/39/Grant_Applications_101-_An_Overview_of_the_Application_Process

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.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329075

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

Address mailed applications to:

The U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
Office of Grants Management
Attention: Brinda Ruggles, Grant Officer
Reference FOA-ETA-20-13
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N4716
Washington, D.C. 20210

Hand-delivered applications will be received at the above address at the 3rd Street Visitor Entrance.

Agency Contact Information:

Andrea Chism
Grants Management Specialist
Chism.Andrea.N@dol.gov

Please specifically reference FOA-ETA-20-13 in the subject line of the email.

CFDA Number:

FOA-ETA-20-13

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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