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Workforce Development Solicitations for Proposals

Find current solicitations for proposals (SFP), past grant award lists, and project summaries, related to California workforce development.

Program Year 2022–23

The Employment Development Department in collaboration with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, the Office of Planning and Research, and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development announces the availability of up to $65 million in the Community Economic Resilience Fund Program Planning Phase 1 Program Year 2022-24.

Planning projects will develop meaningfully inclusive regional planning processes that produce regional roadmaps, which will outline plans to bolster economic resiliency and increase access to quality jobs for those who traditionally have been left behind.

Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. on Monday, July 25, 2022. Please refer to the SFP for more information.

The Employment Development Department announces the availability of Wagner-Peyser 10 percent Governor’s Discretionary funds of $2,500,000 for Program Year 2022-23 in a Solicitation for Proposal (SFP) for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. The program is designed to assist job-ready deaf and hard of hearing individuals in searching for, obtaining, and retaining unsubsidized employment and career advancement opportunities.

The SFP is open to public agencies and private non-profit corporations. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Applicants must clearly demonstrate their service area meets the criteria outlined in the SFP.

Proposal applications must be received no later than May 13, 2022. Please refer to the SFP for more information.

On April 5, 2022, the Employment Development Department released an SFP for the Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Complaint System Awareness and Referral Program for Program Year (PY) 2022-23.

This SFP makes available up to $150,000 for regional projects during PY 22-23. Each project must establish access points for accepting and referring complaints to the nearest America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM EDD Complaint Specialist. The goal of this initiative is to create partnerships with organizations currently serving the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers community to reduce barriers and expand access points to the Employment Service and Employment-Related Law Complaint System.

The SFP is open to non-profit public or private agencies, community and faith-based organizations, tribal government, and educational institutions.

Proposal applications must be received no later than May 3, 2022 at 3 p.m. Please refer to the SFP for more information.

On April 5, 2022, the Employment Development Department released a Solicitation for Proposals (SFP) for the Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Radio Media Program for Program Year (PY) 2022-23.

This SFP makes available up to $100,000 in funding for the development and implementation of radio talk shows aimed at reaching domestic and foreign Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) and their families, to inform them about workforce programs and other community services that are available to them.

The primary goal of this grant is to develop and deliver 24 semi-monthly, 30-minute hosted radio shows recorded in video format for the MSFW population in Spanish. Additionally, the grantee must use online and social media outlets to publicize the radio talk show and communicate additional information as necessary to enhance existing outreach channels and support the outreach efforts by government, community-based organizations, and partners serving MSFWs in rural and hard to reach communities.

The SFP is open to non-profit public or private agencies, community and faith-based organizations, tribal government, and educational institutions. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Proposal applications must be received no later than May 3, 2022 at 3 p.m. Please refer to the SFP for more information.

Program Year 2021–22

On June 9, 2022, $1.2 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s Discretionary funds were awarded to one organization under the solicitation for proposals for the Equity and Special Populations Technical Assistance and Evaluations grant for Program Year 2021-22. The funds awarded will focus on providing technical assistance and evaluation to implementing projects that prepare Californians with barriers to employment for quality jobs with livable wages.

On February 22, 2022, $11,451,835 of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s Discretionary funds were awarded to 19 organizations under the solicitation for proposals for the Equity and Special Populations grant for Program Year 2021-22. The funds awarded will focus on implementing projects that prepare Californians with barriers to employment for quality jobs with livable wages.

On June 14, 2021, $750,000 of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, 25 percent additional assistance funds were awarded to three organizations under the solicitation for proposals for the Dislocated Youth Worker Innovation Challenge grant. The funds awarded will focus on implementing pilot projects that create career pathways for dislocated youth workers who face barriers to employment.

On April 7, 2021, we released a Solicitation for Proposals (SFP) for the Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Radio Media.

This SFP makes available up to $100,000 in funding for the development and implementation of radio talk shows aimed at reaching domestic and foreign Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) and their families to inform them about workforce programs and other community services available to them.

The primary goal of this grant is to enhance existing outreach channels to support the outreach efforts by government, community-based organizations (CBO), and partners serving MSFWs in rural and hard to reach communities.

The SFP is open to non-profit public or private agencies, community and faith-based organizations, tribal government, and educational institutions. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Proposal applications must be received no later than May 7, 2021 at 3 p.m. Please refer to the SFP for more information.

On April 5, 2021, we released an SFP for the Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Complaint System Awareness and Referral Program for Program Year (PY) 2021-22.

This SFP makes available up to $150,000 for regional projects during PY 21-22. Each project must establish access points for accepting and referring complaints to the nearest America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM EDD Complaint Specialist. The goal of this initiative is to create partnerships with organizations currently serving the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) community to reduce barriers and expand access points to the Employment Service and Employment-Related Law Complaint System.

The SFP is open to non-profit public or private agencies, community and faith-based organizations, tribal government, and educational institutions.

Proposal applications must be received no later than May 7, 2021 at 3 p.m. Refer to the SFP for more information.

On July 1, 2021, we awarded five grants totaling $2,500,000 under the Solicitation for Proposal for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services for Program Year 2021-22. The program assists DHH participants in searching, obtaining, and retaining unsubsidized employment, and career advancement opportunities. These services are provided at selected America’s Job Center of California locations.

Funding decisions are final.

Program Year 2020–21

On May 7, 2021, $1.6 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s Discretionary funds were awarded to six organizations under the solicitation for proposals for the English Language Learners grant. The funds awarded will focus on implementing integrated education and training models to prepare Californians with barriers to employment resulting from limited English language proficiency for high-quality jobs with sustainable wages and upward mobility. An additional $200,000 was awarded to one organization to provide technical assistance to the programs and produce a final report outlining successes and opportunities for improvement.

On May 14, 2021, $2 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s Discretionary funds were awarded to six organizations under the solicitation for proposals for the Disability Employment Accelerator grant. The funds awarded will focus on implementing models that create career pathways for Californians with disabilities who face barriers to employment.

On May 14, 2021, $4.9 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s Discretionary funds were awarded to 11 organizations under the solicitation for proposals for the Veterans’ Employment-Related Assistance Program grant. The funds awarded will support the implementation of technology-enabled education and training that allows veterans to develop the skills necessary for employment in high quality jobs with sustainable wages.

On October 30, 2020, the Employment Development Department awarded $100,000 of Wagner-Peyser Act 10 percent discretionary funds to one organization under the Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Radio Media SFP PY 20-21. Project descriptions, award amount, and contact information are listed below.

Award decisions are final.

On October 30, 2020, the Employment Development Department awarded $150,000 of Wagner-Peyser Act 10 percent discretionary funds to one organization under the Campesino de California Outreach Grant – Complaint System Awareness and Referral SFP PY 20-21. Project descriptions, award amount, and contact information are listed below.

Award decisions are final.

On June 12, 2020, the Employment Development Department awarded five grants totaling $2,500,000 under the Solicitation for Proposal for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Services for Program Year (PY) 2020-21. The program assists DHH individuals in searching, obtaining, and retaining unsubsidized employment, and career advancement opportunities. These services are provided at selected America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM sites.

Funding decisions are final.

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