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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Native American Entities
for Programs to Prepare At-Risk Youth for the Workforce


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U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) - Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

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01/21/22 4:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations educational institutions, and Native American entities for programs to prepare at-risk youth for the workforce. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to fund organizations to provide a pre-apprenticeship program model that encompasses education, occupational skills training, leadership development, and high-quality post-program placement opportunities to youth.

YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who left high school prior to graduation that also have other risk factors, including being an adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, migrant farmworker youth, youth experiencing housing instability, and other disadvantaged youth populations. 

The YouthBuild program simultaneously addresses multiple core issues important to youth in low-income communities: affordable housing, leadership development, education, and employment opportunities in in-demand industries and apprenticeship pathways. YouthBuild programs serve as the connection point to vital services for participants. Key aspects of the YouthBuild service delivery model include meaningful partnership and collaboration with the public workforce development system, education and human services systems, and labor and industry partners. DOL expects applicants funded through this solicitation to have well-established partnerships in place prior to grant award. 

The YouthBuild model balances project-based academic learning and occupational skills training to prepare opportunity youth for career placement. The academic component assists youth who are often significantly behind in basic skill development in obtaining a high school diploma or state high school equivalency credential. The occupational skills training component prepares opportunity youth for apprenticeship and other career pathways and/or further education or training. It also supports the goal of increasing affordable housing within communities by teaching youth construction skills learned by building or significantly renovating homes for sale or rent to low- income families or transitional housing for homeless families or individuals. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 128055

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

DOL will fund approximately 75 projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grants will range from $700,000 to $1.5 million.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is 40 months with an anticipated start date of 5/1/2022.

This includes:
• A planning period of up to four months to complete the planning milestones described below;
• Two years of active program services (education, occupational skills training, and youth leadership development activities) for one or more cohorts of youth; and
• An additional twelve months of follow-up support services and tracking of participant outcomes for each cohort of youth.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for these grants are public or private non-profit agencies. These organizations include rural, urban, or Native American/Tribal entities that have previously served opportunity youth in a YouthBuild or other similar program.

These agencies or organizations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Community and faith-based organizations including those with IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status;
• An entity carrying out activities under WIOA, such as a local workforce development board or one-stop career center partner program;
• Labor unions, labor-management partnerships, a central labor council, other labor council, state conference of a union, or state labor federation, or worker centers;
• Educational institutions, including a local school board, public school district, or community college;
• A community action agency;
• A state or local housing development agency;
• Any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under Sec. 166 of WIOA, including federally and other than federally-recognized Tribes, Native American non- profit organizations, and Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native organizations;
• A community development corporation;
• A state or local youth service conservation corps; and
• Any other public or private non-profit entity that is eligible to provide education or employment training under a federal program and can meet the required elements of the grant

Among eligible applicants listed above, the applicant agency or organization must also maintain a local presence in any identified target communities they propose to serve.

This FOA distinguishes between previously-funded applicants and new applicants. For further information about previously funded and new applicants, see

Entities ineligible to apply to this FOA include grantees (based on their unique Employer Identification Number) who received funding from the FY 2020 YouthBuild competition [FOAETA-21-04], funded through 10/31/2024.

For funding restrictions, see

Pre-Application Information:

Issue Date: November 22, 2021

The closing date for receipt of applications under this Announcement is 1/21/2022. Applications must be received no later than 4:00:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application before the closing date to minimize the risk of late receipt.

Required Registrations:
- Applicants must register with This may take as long as four weeks to complete
- All applicants for federal grant and funding opportunities must have a DUNS number and an EIN.
- Applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application.

Only one application will be considered from each organization.

Grants require a 25 percent match from applicants. This FOA introduces a matching waiver for Tribal entities which does not require these entities to include a match commitment in their applications.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further information, contact:
Steven Canger, Grants Management Specialist
Office of Grants Management
(202) 693-3769 Support:
1-800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035

Employment & Training Administration (ETA)
200 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20210

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