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Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, CBOs, Educational Institutions, and For-Profits to Provide Workforce Development Programming

Job Readiness Training

GrantWatch ID# 195423
Agency: State

Funding Source
District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) - Division of State Initiatives (DSI)
Funding or PIN Number: DOES-JRT5-2022
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington, DC

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/09/23
Deadline: 01/25/23 5:00 PM EST

Grant Description
Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations, educational institutions, trade associations, chambers of commerce, and for-profit service providers to provide workforce development programming to local residents. Funding is intended to benefit District residents with barriers to employment.

DOES Division of State Initiatives (DSI) is seeking qualified organizations to provide job readiness and life skills training services--- during this phase of workforce development programming, participants learn about soft skills essential to their success including, but not limited to effective communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving, recognizing/managing triggers, team participation, emotional intelligence, and interview etiquette. Other required program components include case management support, along with short-term subsidized work experience and unsubsidized job placement services to District residents with barriers to employment and eligible for enrollment in PE and DCCC.

Components of Program:

  1. Job Readiness/Work Readiness
  2. Occupational Skills Training in a high demand career industry/field
  3. Subsidized Training
  4. Unsubsidized Training
  5. Retention 90 days

To increase program retention and successful completion, GRANTEEs will coordinate required supportive services (housing, food, day care, clothing, mental health/health care support) and coordinate an optional subsidized work experience conducive to developing the workplace skills needed to secure and maintain unsubsidized employment. During all phases of service delivery, participants will be paid a training wage of $16.10 per hour by DSI for active participation, subject to increase based on consumer price index. 

For program requirements, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Organizations that are eligible to apply for this grant include the following:
- 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, and
- Private for-profit service providers

In addition, 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.

Organizations receiving grant funding under RFA No.: DOES-JRT-2022 are not eligible to apply.

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

Pre-Proposal Conference
Pre-Application Meeting
Room: Virtual

Date & Time: Monday, January 9, 2023 at 11:00 am

Please email Vanessa J. Black if you will be attending the pre-application meeting.

Pre-Application Information
Application Submission Deadline:
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Number of Grants
DOES intends to grant multiple awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
DOES anticipates making available for award up to $275,000 per Grantee to serve residents at a cost per participant not exceeding $5,000.

Term of Contract
The “Job Readiness Training Grant” will operate from the date of award through 15 months. All services including job placement must be completed within twelve months with the final three months of the grant period being for retention services only.

DOES reserves the right to exercise single option years up to three additional years beyond the original period of performance if funding is available in the designated option year and the Grantee has met the performance requirements of the grant.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Contact: Vanessa J. Black at OGAGRANTS@DC.GOV

Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20019

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