ESP TA and Evaluation SFP PY 21-22

Workforce Services Information Notice
WSIN21-36

Issued: March 28, 2022

The Employment Development Department (EDD), in coordination with the California Workforce Development Board and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, announces the availability of up to $1.2 million in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s Discretionary Funds for an Equity and Special Populations (ESP) Technical Assistance (TA) and Evaluation Program Year 2021-22 (PY 21-22) Solicitation for Proposals (SFP).

The purpose of the ESP TA and Evaluation PY 21-22 initiative is to increase equity and employment opportunities for underserved populations by providing TA and evaluation services to the ESP PY 21-22 ESP program awardees that will drive innovations and systems change. The TA provider will assist with the design, development, and implementation of projects that accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for the English language learners, homeless and housing insecure, immigrants, justice-involved individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, young adults, and other target populations in geographic locations disproportionately impacted by the novel coronavirus-2019. These funds will create virtual communities of practice, provide continuous support to address project challenges, and evaluate project successes and areas for improvement.

Eligible applicants must be organizations that possess the capacity, relationships, and expertise to deliver TA and evaluation services statewide. Proposals will be accepted from Local Areas, education and training providers, county social service agencies, community-based organizations, business-related non-profit and for-profit organizations, labor organizations, and workforce intermediaries.

Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2022. An informational webinar will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For registration information, email a request to WSBSFP1@edd.ca.gov by April 8, 2022. The EDD encourages applicants to submit a notice of intent to apply by April 20, 2022 by noon, to WSBSFP2@edd.ca.gov. To view this SFP, visit the EDD Workforce Development Solicitations for Proposals webpage.

This publication is supported by the United States Department of Labor as part of a financial assistance award totaling $1.2 million with 0 percent financed from non-governmental sources.

/s/ Kimberlee Meyer, Chief
Central Office Workforce Services Division

Last Revised: 03/28/2022