Funding for Employment

Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative

Supports workforce development activities and economic development plans in rural areas throughout the Appalachian, Lower Mississippi Delta (Delta), and Northern Border regions. Provides funds for career training, and support services to prepare dislocated workers, including workers affected by substance use disorder (SUD), for good jobs in high-demand occupations in these regions. Ensures that efforts align with existing economic growth strategies in order to increase employment opportunities and foster long-term regional economic prosperity.

Application Deadline: Jun 20, 2024
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG)

Offers grants and zero-interest loans to local utility organizations who provide funding options for local businesses. Supports economic development in rural areas by funding projects designed to create or preserve job opportunities.

Application Deadline: Jun 30, 2024
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
USDA Intermediary Relending Program

Seeks to improve economic development, create employment opportunities, and reduce poverty in rural areas, especially disadvantaged and isolated communities. Offers 1% low-interest loans to local lenders known as intermediaries, that then re-lend funds to businesses in rural communities to foster community development.

Application Deadline: Jul 1, 2024
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages

Funds for American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages to support projects for housing, community facilities, and economic development. Helps communities provide funding to improve housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low and moderate income. Offers 2 types of funds, Single-Purpose grants and Imminent Threat grants. Imminent Threat grants are available to address urgent public health or safety threats, including those related to alcohol and substance use.

Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2024
Sponsor: Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)
Business & Industry Loan Guarantees

Offers programs to guarantee loans to rural businesses to increase access to business capital and improve rural economies. Allows commercial lenders to offer affordable financing to rural businesses to support business operations and create or preserve employment opportunities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP): Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program (PWEAA)

Supports the planning and implementation of economic development and revitalization projects in areas facing economic disruption and hardship, including rural and American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities. Helps communities attract investment, create and retain new businesses and jobs, provide job training and education opportunities for dislocated workers, and enhance technology and infrastructure.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration (EDA)
EDA Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs

Provides economically distressed areas, including rural and tribal communities, with resources to address their individual economic needs with the goal of creating and retaining jobs, developing workforce, advancing innovation, and increasing private investments. Supports strategies that build regional assets and provide local and regional capacity building and economic development.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Public Housing Neighborhood Networks (NN)

Provides funds to establish and maintain Neighborhood Networks (NN), or community technology centers within public housing buildings or developments, that provide computer and internet access to public housing residents. Offers computer training, services, and programs to help residents become economically self-sufficient. Public housing authorities use their capital funds and operating funds to build and operate neighborhood network centers.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)
Rural Business Investment Program

Provides licenses to newly formed, for-profit entities to operate as a Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC). RBICs make equity capital investments in small, rural enterprises that may otherwise have difficulty accessing venture capital. Seeks to develop economies, create wealth, and increase job opportunities for people living in rural communities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) Inactive

Strengthens the delivery of community-based recovery support services (RSS) for people in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). Supports long term recovery through RSS delivered by people who have lived experienced with SUD and recovery, such as peer mentors, recovery coaches or recovery support specialists. Provides linkages to social supports, including medical, housing, educational, and employment services.

Application Deadline: Apr 29, 2024
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
AmeriCorps State and National Native Nations Planning Grants Inactive

Awards grants to tribes and tribal organizations to plan and develop AmeriCorps programs that will engage AmeriCorps members in projects to strengthen tribal communities.

Application Deadline: Apr 5, 2024
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
State Pilot Program for Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PPW-PLT) Inactive

Offers flexible funding to provide family-based services for pregnant and postpartum women diagnosed with substance use disorder (SUD), with a particular emphasis on treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). Assists states in establishing a continuum of care for pregnant and postpartum women in community-based settings. Supports new approaches and service delivery models designed to enhance coordination and efficiency in state systems managed by a state substance use agency. Aims to improve maternal and child health outcomes, decrease infant mortality, and reduce the negative impact of substance use on women, children, and family members.

Application Deadline: Apr 1, 2024
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
AmeriCorps VISTA for Project Sponsors Inactive

Offers organizations the opportunity to engage and sponsor AmeriCorps VISTA service members to help develop or expand community anti-poverty projects. AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to 1-year of full-time, volunteer service, helping to build capacity and sustainability in programs to address poverty and other issues identified by the community. Requires sponsors to operate and direct the project, recruit and supervise AmeriCorps VISTA members, and complete the necessary administrative support activities to meet the project goals. VISTA's fiscal year 2024 focus areas include economic opportunity, education, Healthy Futures, veterans and military families, and environmental stewardship. VISTA FY 2024 priority population include rural communities, native nations and tribal communities, and those experiencing deep poverty, specifically in Puerto Rico and states in the Midwest, Southeast, South Central, or West AmeriCorps regions.

Application Deadline: Mar 28, 2024
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
Jobs Plus Initiative Inactive

Offers funding to increase employment and income among families in public housing through locally based programs that promote work readiness, linkages to employers, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for public housing residents. Provides support services, such as childcare, transportation, legal aid, and other services, to remove barriers to work. Makes a financial incentive available to participants in order to offset rent increases due to a higher household earned income. Aims to encourage and support employment, decrease poverty, and enhance self-sufficiency, economic and housing security for public housing residents.

Application Deadline: Mar 12, 2024
Sponsor: Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)
Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG) Inactive

Offers funding to support technical assistance and training for rural businesses that have fewer than 50 new workers and generate a gross revenue less than $1,000,000. Funds can also be used on projects to support and benefit rural businesses as specified in the grant application. Supports the expansion of rural businesses through economic development, planning, and other related activities.

Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2024
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems Initiative (INSPIRE) Inactive

Supports projects to address the crisis of substance and opioid use in Appalachian counties through programs that help people in recovery obtain and maintain employment. Promotes the development of recovery ecosystems that support individuals as they transition from substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs into recovery and seek to enter or re-enter the workforce. Brings together multiple sectors, including recovery communities, peer support, healthcare, human services, law enforcement, and others, to deliver job training, skill development, and comprehensive support services that enable individuals to find stable employment and sustain their recovery from SUD.

Letter of Intent (Required): Feb 16, 2024
Application Deadline: Mar 8, 2024
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinator Program Inactive

Provides funding to public and Indian housing authorities to hire service coordinators to promote self-sufficiency for public housing residents. Service coordinators identify needs and barriers at the community and individual level and connect residents to training and support services to help them gain economic and housing stability. Works with local partners to assist residents in achieving outcomes in the areas of education; professional development; financial empowerment; and health and wellness, including mental health and substance use issues. Offers supports to help elderly and disabled residents age in place and/or live independently for as long as possible.

Application Deadline: Dec 18, 2023
Sponsor: Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)
Recovery Community Services Program (RCSP) Inactive

Provides peer recovery support services to individuals with or in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD). Promotes long-term recovery supports, in coordination with clinical SUD treatment, that are led by peers in recovery who reflect the communities they serve. Increases access to recovery support services through training and support for current and new peer recovery specialists and supervisors, especially those from historically underserved communities.

Application Deadline: May 30, 2023
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Treatment, Recovery, and Workforce Support Grant (Workforce Support) Inactive

Provides funding to support services, training, and collaboration with partners focused on helping individuals in treatment or recovery with substance use disorder (SUD) or co-occurring disorder (COD) live independently and participate in the workforce.

Application Deadline: May 30, 2023
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCast) Inactive

Helps local governments and their community partners respond to trauma and stress related to civil unrest, community violence, and/or collective trauma within the past 24 months. Provides violence prevention and youth engagement programs along with trauma-informed behavioral health services to at-risk youth and families impacted by community disruption and violence. Develops coalitions of local government agencies, community organizations, and residents to deliver resources and services and bring about positive community change and healing.

Application Deadline: Oct 17, 2022
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Economic Impact Initiative Grants Inactive

Offers grants to assist small, financially distressed rural communities with the development of essential community facilities, including purchasing, constructing, and improving eligible facilities. Aims to promote public safety, lower taxes, and increase economic and community development by helping manufacturers and other businesses build or grow their operations in rural communities.

Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2022
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Youth Regional Treatment Centers Aftercare Program Inactive

Supports American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth in successfully transitioning back into the community after completing treatment at an Indian Health Services (IHS) Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC). Provides culturally adapted aftercare and case management services focused on whole-person wellness and community engagement to help youth achieve and sustain safety and sobriety, with an emphasis on employability as a means of achieving program goals. YRTC is an initiative of the IHS Alcohol and Substance Abuse Branch (ASAB).

Application Deadline: Sep 19, 2022
Sponsor: Indian Health Service (IHS)
Young Adult Reentry Partnership (YARP) 2 Inactive

Offers funding for education and job training services for young adults ages 18 to 24 who are involved in the criminal justice system or those who left high school before graduation. Establishes partnerships between community colleges, the criminal justice system, employers, and other stakeholders to improve workforce outcomes for the target population. Builds capacity in community colleges to provide occupational training and helps young adults reentering society from the criminal justice system gain skills and education to meet the needs of the local labor market and find stable employment in high-demand occupations.

Application Deadline: Apr 26, 2021
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery Through Workforce Development Inactive

Provides funding to state workforce agencies and tribal organizations to make subgrants to local workforce development boards to address the economic, workforce, and health impacts of the opioid crisis in communities with high rates of substance use disorder (SUD). Supports collaboration between key community stakeholders to provide career, job training, and employment services to help individuals find and retain employment. Funds comprehensive screening services, outpatient recovery care, and other services for individuals with SUD that can also support their efforts to obtain and/or maintain employment.

Application Deadline: Jan 9, 2020
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
Re-Employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic (RESTORE) Grant Program Inactive

Provides funding for employment training, career services, and supportive services to women directly or indirectly impacted by the opioid crisis. Addresses barriers to work facing women and helps them gain the skills and support to become employed. Seeks to develop multi-disciplinary partnerships among service providers and other key stakeholders with experience serving women workers in order to meet the unique needs of women in communities most affected by opioid use.

Application Deadline: Aug 23, 2019
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau
Targeted Capacity Expansion – Peer-to-Peer (TCE-PTP) Inactive

Supports recovery community organizations (RCOs) in expanding peer recovery support services (PRSS) to people with substance use disorder (SUD) and their family members. PRSS utilizes peer leaders, individuals who have experienced addiction and recovery, to help people with SUD stay in recovery by offering support in the areas of housing, employment, education, social connection, and abstinence from substance use. Peer leaders are involved at all levels of designing, developing, and implementing programs.

Application Deadline: Feb 16, 2016
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)