Funding Opportunity

Good Jobs Challenge (FY21 American Rescue Plan)

Status: Closed
Application deadline
Closed. EDA is no longer accepting applications for funding under this program.
EDA is no longer accepting applications for funding under this program.

EDA’s American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge aims to get Americans back to work by building and strengthening systems and partnerships that bring together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to train workers with in-demand skills that lead to good-paying jobs.

Through the Good Jobs Challenge, EDA is allocating $500 million to collaborative skills training systems and programs. EDA encourages efforts to reach historically underserved populations and areas, communities of color, women, and other groups facing labor market barriers such as persons with disabilities, disconnected youth, individuals in recovery, individuals with past criminal records, including justice impacted and reentry participants, serving trainees participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and veterans and military spouses.

These systems and partnerships will create and implement industry-led training programs, designed to provide skills for and connect unemployed or underemployed workers to existing and emerging job opportunities. Ultimately, these systems are designed to train workers with the skills to secure a union job or a quality job that provides good pay, benefits, and growth opportunities.

EDA will fund proposals within the following three phases, as applicable to regional needs:

  1. System Development
    Help establish and develop a regional workforce training system comprised of multiple sector partnerships
  2. Program Design
    Develop the skills training curriculum and materials, and secure technical expertise needed to train workers
  3. Program Implementation
    Implement non-construction projects needed to provide workforce training and connect workers with quality jobs, including wrap-around services

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Application Closing Date: February 10, 2022