Workforce Development Solicitations for Proposals

Here you can find current solicitations for proposals (SFP), past grant award lists, project summaries, and more.

Program Year 2021–22

Equity and Special Populations Grant Program

On September 16, 2021, the Employment Development Department, in coordination with the California Workforce Development Board and on behalf of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, announced the availability of up to $11.5 million in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s discretionary funds for the Equity and Special Populations (ESP) Program Year 2021-22 grant program. The ESP grants will be awarded to design and implement projects that accelerate equity in employment and develop innovative employment strategies for populations that face significant barriers to employment. Applicants to the ESP program may propose to serve one or more of the following special populations: English language learners, the homeless and housing insecure, immigrants, justice-involved individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, youth, and/or other target population(s) in geographic location(s) disproportionately impacted by the novel coronavirus-2019.

Proposals will be accepted from public and private non-profit organizations, private for-profit organizations, Local Workforce Development Areas, education and training providers, tribal organizations, faith-based organizations, and community based organizations. Individuals are not eligible to apply. See additional eligibility restrictions and requirements in the SFP. Proposal applications must be received no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021. For more information refer to the SFP.

This publication is supported by the United States Department of Labor as part of a financial assistance award totaling $11.5 million with 0 percent financed from non-governmental sources.

Dislocated Youth Workers Innovation Challenge

On June 14, 2021, $750,000 of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, 25 percent additional assistance funds were awarded to three organizations under the solicitation for proposals for the Dislocated Youth Worker Innovation Challenge grant. The funds awarded will focus on implementing pilot projects that create career pathways for dislocated youth workers who face barriers to employment.

Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Radio Media

On April 7, 2021, the Employment Development Department (EDD) released a Solicitation for Proposals (SFP) for the Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Radio Media.

This SFP makes available up to $100,000 in funding for the development and implementation of radio talk shows aimed at reaching domestic and foreign Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) and their families to inform them about workforce programs and other community services available to them.

The primary goal of this grant is to enhance existing outreach channels to supplement the outreach efforts by government, community based organizations (CBO), and partners serving MSFWs in rural and hard to reach communities.

The SFP is open to non-profit public or private agencies, community and faith-based organizations, tribal government, and educational institutions. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Proposal applications must be received no later than May 7, 2021 at 3 p.m. Please refer to the SFP for more information.

Campesino de California Outreach Program Grant – Complaint System

On April 5, 2021, the Employment Development Department released an SFP for the Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Complaint System Awareness and Referral Program for Program Year (PY) 2021-22.

This SFP makes available up to $150,000 for regional projects during PY 21-22. Each project must establish access points for accepting and referring complaints to the nearest America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM EDD Complaint Specialist. The goal of this initiative is to create partnerships with organizations currently serving the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker community to reduce barriers and expand access points to the Employment Service and Employment-Related Law Complaint System.

The SFP is open to non-profit public or private agencies, community and faith-based organizations, tribal government, and educational institutions.

Proposal applications must be received no later than May 7, 2021 at 3 p.m. Please refer to the SFP for more information.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Program

On July 1, 2021, we awarded five grants totaling $2,500,000 under the Solicitation for Proposal for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services for Program Year 2021-22. The program assists DHH participants in searching, obtaining, and retaining unsubsidized employment, and career advancement opportunities. These services are provided at selected America’s Job Center of California locations.

Funding decisions are final.

Program Year 2020–21

English Language Learner Program

On May 7, 2021, $1.6 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s Discretionary funds were awarded to six organizations under the solicitation for proposals for the English Language Learners grant. The funds awarded will focus on implementing integrated education and training models to prepare Californians with barriers to employment resulting from limited English language proficiency for high-quality jobs with sustainable wages and upward mobility. An additional $200,000 was awarded to one organization to provide technical assistance to the programs and produce a final report outlining successes and opportunities for improvement.

Disability Employment Accelerator Program

On May 14, 2021, $2 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s Discretionary funds were awarded to six organizations under the solicitation for proposals for the Disability Employment Accelerator grant. The funds awarded will focus on implementing models that create career pathways for Californians with disabilities who face barriers to employment.

Veterans’ Employment-Related Assistance Program

On May 14, 2021, $4.9 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s Discretionary funds were awarded to 11 organizations under the solicitation for proposals for the Veterans’ Employment-Related Assistance Program grant. The funds awarded will support the implementation of technology-enabled education and training that allows veterans to develop the skills necessary for employment in high quality jobs with sustainable wages.

Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Radio Media

On October 30, 2020, the Employment Development Department awarded $100,000 of Wagner-Peyser Act 10 percent discretionary funds to one organization under the Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Radio Media SFP PY 20-21. Project descriptions, award amount, and contact information are listed below. Award decisions are final.

Campesino de California Outreach Program Grant – Complaint System

On October 30, 2020, the Employment Development Department awarded $150,000 of Wagner-Peyser Act 10 percent discretionary funds to one organization under the Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Complaint System Awareness and Referral SFP PY 20-21. Project descriptions, award amount, and contact information are listed below. Award decisions are final.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Program

On June 12, 2020, the Employment Development Department awarded five grants totaling $2,500,000 under the Solicitation for Proposal for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Services for Program Year (PY) 2020-21. The program assists DHH individuals in searching, obtaining, and retaining unsubsidized employment, and career advancement opportunities. These services are provided at selected America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM sites. Funding decisions are final.

Program Year 2019 – 20

English Language Learner Pathways to Careers Program

On June 12, 2020, $1.35 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Governor’s Discretionary Funds were awarded to four organizations under the English Language Learners Program (ELL) for Program Year (PY) 2019-20 Solicitation for Proposals. Awardee project list and project summaries are listed in the document below. Funding decisions are final.

Disability Employment Accelerator Program

On April 1, 2020, $1.8 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s Discretionary funds were awarded to six organizations under the SFP for the Disability Employment Accelerator Grant. The awarding of funds will focus on assisting organizations in the successful implementation of programs for people with disabilities (PWD) including college students who are close to fulfilling their degree requirements and/or PWD who are working toward or have obtained a recognized postsecondary credential including multiple barriers to employment. Funding decisions are final.

Veterans’ Employment-Related Assistance Program

On April 1, 2020, $4 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s Discretionary funds were awarded to eight organizations under the solicitation for proposals for the Veterans’ Employment-Related Assistance Program Grant. The awarding of funds will focus on assisting organizations in the successful implementation of programs for veterans with an emphasis on securing employment for veterans and military spouses. Funding decisions are final.

Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Complaint System Awareness and Referral Program

On December 9, 2019, the Employment Development Department awarded $150,000 of Wagner-Peyser Act 10 Percent discretionary funds to one organization under the Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Complaint System Awareness and Referral Program SFP PY 2019-20. Project descriptions, award amount, and contact information are listed below. Award decisions are final.

Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Radio Media

On December 9, 2019, the Employment Development Department awarded $100,000 of Wagner-Peyser Act 10 Percent discretionary funds to one organization under the Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Radio Media SFP PY 2019-20. Project descriptions, award amount, and contact information are listed below. Award decisions are final.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Program

On June 13, 2019, the Employment Development Department awarded five grants totaling $2,300,000 under the SFP for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Services. The program assists DHH individuals in searching, obtaining, and retaining unsubsidized employment and career advancement opportunities. These services are provided at selected America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM (AJCC) locations. Funding decisions are final.