America’s Promise Job Driven Grant Program

Partnership Opportunity for $100M – America’s Promise Job Driven Grants Deadline August 28, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the availability of approximately $100 million in America’s Promise Job-Driven Grants ( to develop and grow regional partnerships between workforce agencies, education and training providers and employers in a variety of industries such as information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services and educational services.

Approximately 20 to 40 grants of $1 million to $6 million will be awarded throughout the country. For each sector and service area, partnerships must include the public workforce system, an economic development agency, at least one education and training provider and at least five employers or a regional industry association. The four-year grants will support tuition-free education and training that prepares participants for jobs in industries that currently utilize the H-1B temporary visa program to meet industry workforce needs. Applications are due August 25th.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) have teamed up to help support colleges that are interested in partnering.  They are offering support to member colleges and their respective partner applicants in the key areas of the following:

  • Developing new or expanding and strengthening existing regional workforce partnerships to implement sector strategies and industry partnerships;
  • Scaling and sustaining employer engagement;
  • Using evidence-based design;
  • Identifying, leveraging and aligning additional resources; and
  • Organizing or customizing sector-based career pathways using national models.


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