Grant Application Opportunity – Young Adult Reentry Partnership

Workforce Services Information Notice
WSIN20-51

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $25 million in grant funds authorized by the Department of Labor Appropriations Act, 2020 (Pub. L. 116-94), for Young Adult Reentry Partnership (YARP) projects. Under Section 169 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), YARP projects supports employment for persons involved with the justice system as part of the Reentry Employment Opportunities grant program. This funding provides intermediary organizations the opportunity to partner with community colleges, employers, employer associations, unions providing training, labor-management partnerships, and the criminal justice system to improve the employment outcomes for young adults that have been involved in the justice system and/or those who left school prior to graduation. Eligible applicants are intermediary organizations, which are those with Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) status or any Indian or Native American entity eligible for a grant under section 166 of the WIOA, that proposes to serve at least three communities.

Applicants must design programs that provide education/credentialing and occupational training in locally in-demand industries with a focus on occupations that offer living wages. Programs must offer job placement services. Applicants must demonstrate that sub-grantees and community college partner(s) will implement a capacity building plan that achieves one of the following objectives:

  • Align educational opportunities with industry-recognized stacked and latticed credentials on an in-demand career pathway.
  • Develop online and technology-based learning strategies to allow participants who may be on house arrest or have transportation limitations to participate.
  • Create competency-based assessments and training courses to recognize skills proficiency and attainment.
  • Implement evidenced-based remediation policies and practices.
  • Establish policies to assess credit for prior learning and awards credits for prior learning.

Priority consideration will be given to projects targeting high-poverty, high-crime areas that have a scarcity of reentry services.

The closing date for the receipt of proposals is April 26, 2021.

For more information about the grant opportunity, visit the grants.gov website and reference FOA-ETA-21-03. For a complete description of funds available, funders, eligibility requirement, and links to the grant application, visit the DOL website.

/s/ JAIME L. GUTIERREZ, Chief
Central Office Workforce Services Division