Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program Year 2023-24 (PY 23-24)

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The purpose of these funds is to provide employment and training services to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. These funds will also ensure that services provided to deaf and hard of hearing individuals are at least equal to services received by non-deaf and non-hard of hearing individuals. Proposals must target deaf and hard of hearing individuals who are available for and seeking employment.


This program provides deaf and hard of hearing individuals with enhanced services and training in select America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM (AJCC) locations throughout California. The program will ensure effective communication and increased service opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing individuals by providing specialized counseling, interpretive services, job placement, follow-up services and advocacy, and specialized training to assist them in becoming job ready. The program is also designed to assist job-ready deaf and hard of hearing individuals in obtaining and retaining unsubsidized employment. The program also intends that interpretive services be provided to enable these individuals to receive other EDD-related services. Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. on September 5, 2023 . An informational webinar will be held on August 16, 2023 at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is required. This webinar will be the final opportunity for applicants to ask specific questions regarding the SFP and the application process. Pre-registration is required for all participants. Refer to the EDD’s Workforce Development Solicitation for Proposals website for the pre-registration link. To view this SFP, visit the EDD Workforce Development Solicitations for Proposals.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

Proposals will be accepted from public agencies or private non-profit corporations. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Applicants must clearly demonstrate their ability to provide services to the targeted population. Applicants may submit proposals to provide services for one or multiple sites. Applicants may also submit one proposal to provide services at multiple sites within a targeted geographical area.

Eligible Geographies:

The EDD identified the following geographical areas where concentrations of deaf and hard of hearing individuals reside. The EDD currently funds services in the geographical areas listed below and will give priority to programs and services in these areas to prevent and/or minimize disruption in services: Fresno, Los Angeles, Riverside/Rancho Cucamonga, Sacramento, San Diego/Oceanside, San Francisco/Bay Area, and Santa Ana/Garden Grove.


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  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

The Employment Development Department (EDD) Workforce Services Branch (WSB) announces the availability of Wagner-Peyser 10 percent Governor’s Discretionary funds of $2,650,000 for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program. Applicants may submit one proposal for one geographical area or for multiple areas in California.

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Funding Method Notes:

The total funding is contingent upon federal funding being awarded to California and EDD Director approval. At the end of the grant period, the EDD may renegotiate the terms of each grant in accordance with allowable increases or decreases in the grantee’s costs and grantee’s demonstrated ability to provide the specified services. Any grant funds not expended during a grant period must be returned to the state.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Brandon Raveling, 1-916-891-9189,