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Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery Through Workforce Development


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Application Deadline: Jan 9, 2020


Employment and Training Administration (ETA)


Awards funding to state workforce agencies and tribal organizations who will make subgrants to local workforce development boards to provide services and training to individuals impacted by substance use disorders (SUDs) in communities affected by the opioid epidemic and/or areas with high rates of substance use. Helps establish Participating Partnerships, a network of service providers and other community partners working to address the economic, workforce, and health impacts of the opioid and substance use crisis. Supports quality treatment and recovery services for individuals with SUD along with job training and employment services to help participants find and retain employment.

Program goals include:

  • Implement innovative strategies to address the economic and workforce-related impacts of the opioid and substance misuse epidemic on local communities
  • Engage employers as essential, creative partners in designing the program, delivering services to participants, and connecting businesses with resources to support employees with substance use issues
  • Provide training and employment services along with comprehensive screening, outpatient treatment, recovery care, and support services to individuals affected by opioid or substance use
  • Deliver skills training, career services, and employment opportunities to help participants gain employment in high-demand occupations, especially for individuals seeking to transition into health-related professions that can provide services for opioid misuse and other SUDs

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $5,000,000
Award floor: $500,000
Project period: 48 months
Estimated number of awards: 8-10
Estimated total program funding: $20,000,000

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by an organization serving as the lead applicant. Eligible lead applicants for this opportunity include:

  1. State workforce agencies, which are the lead state agency with responsibility for the administration of the state's WIOA youth, adult, or dislocated worker formula program under chapter 2 or 3 of subtitle B of title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  2. The state workforce agency of outlying areas, which include American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands; and the Republic of Palau
  3. Tribal organizations, which include any Indian Tribe, tribal organization, Indian-controlled organization serving Indians, Native Hawaiian organization, or Alaska Native entity, as referenced in section 166(c) of WIOA

Lead applicants are required to subgrant to 1 or more local workforce development boards. Eligible local workforce development boards must cover at least a portion of the crisis-impacted communities in the service area for the grant. The local workforce development boards are also required to establish and coordinate a Participating Partnership to carry out grant services and activities.

Participating Partnerships must include the lead applicant, a local workforce development board, and 1 or more of the following organizations:

  • Treatment providers
  • Employers or industry organizations
  • Education providers
  • Legal services or law enforcement organizations
  • Faith-based or community-based organizations
  • Other state or local agencies, including county or local governments
  • Other organizations determined to be necessary by the local board
  • Indian tribes or tribal organizations

Tribal organizations serving as the lead applicant are not required to subgrant. Tribal entities and outlying areas have the option to engage eligible Participating Partnership organizations as optional partners to deliver services.

Applicants must propose projects in service areas that demonstrate an increased rate of problems associated with opioid and substance misuse that is equal to or greater than the national increase rate between 1999 and the latest year for which data are available. In addition, applicants must provide relevant data demonstrating significant impact of opioid or substance misuse on the community or communities within the proposed service area.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Aiyana Pucci

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Economic Development • Education and Training • Employment • Opioids • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment