A Message from U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez: Grants and Solicitations Available to America's Cities

Press Release
Press Release

Dear NLC Members,

It was a pleasure joining you this past Tuesday at the 2015 NLC Congressional City Conference. As I mentioned, I had the privilege of serving as a local elected official - as a member of the Montgomery County Council in Maryland - and I know well that local government is where the "rubber hits the road."

Strong local leadership is what makes a city thrive, so thank you all for your service to our nation's cities.

I trust that your time in DC was productive and hope you learned more about federal efforts that affect cities as well as emerging practices you can pioneer in your communities. As President Obama said at the conference, "there's a lot of work we've done together and a lot more we can do together to make sure that more Americans benefit from a 21st century economy."  I look forward to continuing to be your partner in this work.

During my remarks I mentioned a few of the latest Department of Labor grants available to your communities. Below you can find more information on those competitive funding opportunities.

American Apprenticeship Initiative

The Department of Labor is awarding $100 million in American Apprenticeship Grants to reward partnerships that help more workers and employers participate in apprenticeships. This competition will help more Americans access this proven path to employment and the middle class: 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs, and the average starting wage for apprenticeship graduates is over $50,000. The new American Apprenticeship Grants competition - which will be awarded in the fall - will focus on partnerships between employers, labor organizations, training providers, community colleges, local and state governments, the workforce system, non-profits and faith-based organizations.

Closing Date: April 30, 2015
To apply before the closing date: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=270372

Face Forward 3-Intermediary and Community Grants

Face Forward youth grants focus on diversion and expungement strategies that can improve employment opportunities for justice-involved youth. These pilot projects address the juvenile record issue, while developing the skills and opportunity for court-involved youth to move forward successfully in the workforce. These grants will offer training in demand industries that lead to industry-recognized credentials, supportive services through partnerships, the opportunity to give back to the community, and employment opportunities.

Closing Date: April 23, 2015
To apply before the closing date: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275016

Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) Demonstration

The purpose of this program is to develop and operate satellite American Job Centers (AJCs) inside of correctional facilities to address the employment barriers of incarcerated individuals as they transition into the community and the workforce. LEAP centers will bridge the transition period and directly link participants to their AJCs for a continuum of services upon release. LEAP centers provide an integrated approach that will allow resources and services to be leveraged by both the public workforce and correctional systems to help reduce recidivism and improve employability.

Closing Date: April 3, 2015
To apply before the closing date: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=272908

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - Dept. of Labor - NLC Youth Financial Capability Pilot Program

More information about the CFPB - DOL - NLC Youth Financial Capability Pilot Program is available here: http://blog.dol.gov/2015/03/10/getting-young-people-on-the-path-to-financial-success/

Additionally, here is some information on White House initiatives currently underway, including the TechHire and My Brother's Keeper initiatives:


For more information on the recently-announced TechHire initiative please follow this link: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20150401.htm.

My Brother's Keeper

The My Brother's Keeper One-Year Progress Report to the President is available here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/mbk_one_year_report_2.pdf, and the Pathways for Youth Employment Federal Resource Guide https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/pathways_for_youth_employment_federal_resources_for_employers_feb_2015.pdf.

For updated information on grants available from the Employment and Training Administration, please visit: http://www.doleta.gov/grants/find_grants.cfm; you can also search for opportunities on www.Grants.gov or subscribe by issue area, agency, or eligibility for opportunities from all of our federal partners. Lastly, please stay tuned for future Department of Labor ETA grant opportunities such as:

  • Training to Work 3 - Adult Reentry grants (Anticipated Funding Opportunity Announcement: Spring 2015)
  • YouthBuild (Anticipated Funding Opportunity Announcement: Late Winter/Early Spring 2015)

Thank you,

Secretary Tom Perez
Department of Labor
Twitter: @LaborSec

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