Past Grants and Contracts
Browse past funding opportunities and awardees to learn more about the types of apprenticeship projects, innovations, and ideas that have received federal funding, but are no longer active. View the press release for an award to learn about each award specifically or to select an awardee’s abstract (if available) to learn more about how the organization supported apprenticeship expansion efforts in a specific area or industry, and for insight on how new opportunities may be a good fit for your organization.
Original Opportunity Notice: ETA-OA-VAN
In March 2018, the Department of Labor announced approximately $20 million for a cooperative agreement with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to support the Expanding Community College Apprenticeship (ECCA) Initiative. Through a partnership between Community Colleges and industry, the ECCA Initiative would allow employers / industry partners to identify and match with Community College new and existing apprenticeship programs. The project will train 16,000 apprentices.
Apprenticeship Expansion and Modernization Fund is designed to provide foundational and tailored outreach and technical assistance to prospective and current registered apprenticeship program sponsors and other stakeholders to facilitate the development, implementation, and growth of registered apprenticeship programs. It also serve as innovation incubators by managing the development and dissemination of tools and strategies that hold promise to accelerate the expansion of registered apprenticeship across the nation.
Original Opportunity Notice: FOA-WB-19-01
The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter and lead in all industries.
In 2019, the WANTO grant program awarded $1,492,515 to three community-based organizations to increase women's employment in apprenticeship programs and nontraditional occupations.
Organizations receiving funds will provide one or more of the following types of technical assistance:
- Developing pre-apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs to prepare women for those careers;
- Providing ongoing orientations for employers, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women to succeed in those careers; and
- Setting up support groups, facilitating networks, and/or providing support services for women to improve their retention.
Original Opportunity Notice: FOA-ETA-16-13
In 2016, DOL awarded a $50.5M grant to expand Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) in the states, with an emphasis on high-growth industries and underserved populations. The investment marked the first time that the Federal Government provided funding to support States in efforts to expand and diversify RAPs to better respond to industry workforce demands. In many states, apprenticeship is a component of, but not fully integrated into State economic, workforce, and education talent development systems. These grants provided an opportunity to further align resources to innovate and expand apprenticeship.
In Spring 2018, DOL made approximately $50 million in continuation funding available to the 37 State Apprenticeship Expansion grantees to enable states to continue their work to expand apprenticeship with the goal of sparking an additional 10 percent growth over the following two years of the grant period of performance.
In 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) invested in national industry and equity Registered Apprenticeship (RA) intermediary organizations to accelerate the growth of RA in the U.S. These national industry and equity intermediary contracts ended in December 2020. To learn more about the cumulative accomplishments of these partners, see our fact sheet.
Original Opportunity Notice: FOA-ETA-15-02
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, or the department, or we), announces the availability of approximately $100 million in grant funds authorized by Section 414(c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended (codified at 29 USC 2916a), for the American Apprenticeship Initiative. This initiative is intended to provide a catalyst in supporting a uniquely American Apprenticeship system that meets our country's particular economic, industry and workforce needs. American Apprenticeships (also referred to as Registered Apprenticeships) are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and- learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies). Approximately $100 million is expected to be available to fund approximately 25 grants. Grant awards will range from $2.5 - 5 million. Grant awards will be made only to the extent that funds are available.