Nearly $51 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants awarded to improve job training programs

The Department of Labor announced yesterday in a press release that 11 organizations across nine states have been awarded $50,744,449 in grants to improve federal job training programs through the Workforce Innovation Fund. The grants - ranging from $2.9 to $12 million - were awarded to state workforce agencies and local workforce investment boards for the second round of competition under the Fund. During the first round, approximately $171 million in grants were awarded including $147 million for 26 grants in 2012 and $24 million for two Pay for Success grants in 2013. 

"More than ever, we're pursuing job-driven training by aligning our programs with the needs of employers and making sure that everything we're doing is preparing ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez in a press release. "The Workforce Innovation Fund will improve our job training programs by encouraging innovation, identifying what works, and sharing the results and best practices with others."

The Workforce Innovation Fund is a federal grant program that funds projects that seek to use evidence to design program strategies including innovative approaches to:

  • Retool service delivery strategies and/or policy and administrative systems and processes to improve outcomes for workforce system customers and;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of such activities appropriately.

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2014 Workforce Innovation Fund Awards