The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor, announces the availability of grant funds authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, for the operation of the Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Policy Development Center (LEAD WIOA PDC).
This Announcement solicits applications for the operation of Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Policy Development Center.
The purpose of this program is to provide comprehensive policy development and technical expertise for the public workforce development system, as authorized under WIOA, in order to promote increased and equitable access to WIOA programs and services, CIE opportunities, and economic advancement and outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
The successful applicant will not develop official DOL policy guidance for WIOA programs, but will develop adjunct resources relating to provision of meaningful, effective services to the full range of individuals with disabilities throughout this system.
The LEAD WIOA PDC will focus on providing policy development and technical assistance on a national scale. The LEAD WIOA PDC will primarily engage the workforce system and its partners through a virtual platform/online presence.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,000,000
- Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
- Award Floor: $1,200,000
- The period of performance is 48 months with an anticipated start date of 08/25/2022.
- The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- Eligible applicants include nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, which may include labor organizations and unions as applicable. Among eligible applicants, the applicant agency or organization must also possess demonstrated capacity, relationships, experience, and expertise in:
- workforce development and state workforce systems and their partner programs;
- advancing economic self-sufficiency and financial literacy for individuals with disabilities;
- increasing equity in disability employment services;
- strategies for increasing CIE for jobseekers across the spectrum of disability through the workforce development system (including assisting states as appropriate in cooperating and coordinating across systems, phasing out subminimum wages or increasing access to direct care and direct support professional staff);
- the direct care and direct support workforce;
- customized employment;
- services for target audiences, such as veterans and/or American Indians and Alaska Natives with disabilities;
- WIOA data collection and interpretation; and
- career pathways (including apprenticeships) as these areas relate to increasing employment for jobseekers with disabilities.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=337722