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DOL Announces Availability of $98.5 Million for Workforce Innovation Fund Grants

Posted by Andrala Walker - On January 11, 2012 (EST)

On December 22, 2011, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced the availability of approximately $98.5 million through the Workforce Innovation Fund (the Fund) to support innovative approaches for the design and delivery of employment and training services.  The fund invests in programs to support, evaluate and enhance workforce investment strategies, particularly for vulnerable populations.  Approximately 20 to 30 grants ranging from $1 million to $12 million are expected to be funded.  Applications under this announcement must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 22, 2012.

Interested parties are encouraged to review the full Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA).  Eligible applicants include state workforce agencies, local workforce investment boards and entities eligible to apply for WIA Section 166 grants, as well as consortia of each of these to a) retool service delivery strategies and/or policy and administrative systems and processes to improve outcomes for workforce system customers and b) evaluate the effectiveness of such activities. 

For detailed application information, eligibility requirements, review and selection procedures and other program requirements governing this solicitation, please review the full SGA  at  You can find technical assistance materials to support applications on the Workforce Innovation Fund website located at

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