Veterans' Employment-Related Assistance Program PY 20-21 Awards

Workforce Services Information Notice
WSIN20-63

Issued: May 14, 2021

The Employment Development Department (EDD), in coordination with the California Workforce Development Board, and on behalf of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, is pleased to announce the award of $4.9 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds for the Veterans’ Employment-Related Assistance Program (VEAP) for Program Year (PY) 2020-21. These funds will provide job training and employment opportunities to 1,605 veterans facing significant barriers to employment.

Funds will connect applicants and employers in the following 13 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Merced, Mendocino, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, and Stanislaus. Eleven organizations were selected for funding. All 11 entities submitted proposals via a competitive process.

Awards range from $250,000-$500,000, and will support projects to increase access for target populations, align WIOA programs, implement co-enrollment strategies, enhance partnerships, leverage other program funding, provide supportive services, and create onramps to high quality jobs with sustainable wages for California’s veteran population. This year’s VEAP focuses on implementing technology-enabled education and training that allows veterans to develop the skills necessary for employment in a regionally in-demand industry. This program provides an opportunity to enhance partnerships with adult education, human service programs, and other WIOA Unified Strategic Plan partners including community-based organizations.

The EDD expects that the performance period will be between 18-24 months. A list of the awardees and descriptions of their projects is available on the EDD Workforce Development Solicitations for Proposals webpage.

If you have any questions regarding the VEAP grant solicitation, please email WSBSFP3@edd.ca.gov.

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