ESE Grant Programs SFP – PY 22-23

Workforce Services Information Notice

Issued: March 27, 2023

The Employment Development Department (EDD), in coordination the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, announces the availability of up to $10 million in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Governor’s discretionary funds for the Employment Social Enterprise Program (ESE) Solicitation for Proposals (SFP) Program Year (PY) 2022-23.

The ESE grants The ESE PY 22-23 grants will be awarded to design, develop, and implement programs that will promote job training opportunities and transitional employment through social enterprise programs for the hardest-to-serve individuals to provide economic self-sufficiency and life stability. The ESE will focus on the first step to transitioning participants into the workforce by placing individuals into employment, typically in a supported employment setting, to help them earn wages while building work experience, improving job skills as well as provide supportive services for California’s most vulnerable populations.  

Eligible applicants are Employment Social Enterprise (ESE)  businesses or ESEs providers collaborating with the public workforce development system (WSD) and human service partners, public and private non-profit organizations, and community-based organizations (CBOs) are eligible to apply. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. on May 8, 2023. An informational webinar will be held on April 11, 2023, at 10 a.m. PT. Pre-registration is required.  Please register through the Webinar Registration page by April, 11, 2023 at 10 a.m. The EDD encourages applicants to submit a Notice of Intent to apply by April 18, 2023, at 12 noon to To view this SFP, visit the EDD Workforce Development Solicitations for Proposals webpage.


Central Office Workforce Services Division

Federal Funding Disclosure: This Equity Target Population Fund Grant Program is funded by a grant award totaling $10,000,000 (100%) from the U.S. Department of Labor, with $0 (0%) financed from non-federal sources.