Grant Application Opportunity – Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations

Workforce Services Information Notice

Issued: May 11, 2021

The Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $3.5 million in grant funds authorized by the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (“WANTO”) Act of 1992 (Pub. L. 102-530) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 for the WANTO Technical Assistance (TA) Grant Program. The program aims to provide TA to employers and unions to develop pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or training programs for women in apprenticeable and nontraditional occupations (A/NTO) and/or to provide resources, networking opportunities, or supportive services to ensure the success and retention of women in A/NTO occupations.

Applicants must design TA programs that prepare employers and labor unions to recruit, mentor, train, and retain women in A/NTO, expand women’s opportunities in A/NTO, and remove significant barriers that hinder women’s full and effective participation in these occupations in which they are underrepresented and/or disproportionately employed in low-wage jobs.

Eligible applicants are community-based organizations (CBOs) with IRS 501(c)(3) status or a consortium of CBOs. Priority will be given to organizations that have an active membership of tradeswomen or women in nontraditional occupations and have demonstrated experience preparing women for employment in A/NTO, working with employers to place women in these industries, and delivering TA for A/NTO programs. Recipients of the WANTO 2020 grant are not eligible to apply. The closing date for receipt of proposals is June 4, 2021.

For more information about the grant opportunity, visit the website and reference FOA-WB-21-01. For a complete description of the funding organization, the grant program, and links to the grant application, visit the DOL Women’s Bureau website.

Central Office Workforce Services Division

Last Revised: 01/25/2022