Disability Employment Accelerator Grant
The goal of this initiative is to promote the use of regional industry-sector strategies as the framework to help unemployed and underemployed People with Disabilities (PWD) obtain and retain competitive, integrated employment. The DEA 2020-21 will continue to focus on creating linkages and engaging businesses to develop work-based learning programs for PWD with significant barriers to employment.
The Employment Development Department (EDD), in coordination with the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), announces the availability of up to $2 million in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Governor’s Discretionary funds for the DEA Program Year (PY) 2020-21 grant. The DEA grants are awarded to design, develop, and implement projects that accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for people with disabilities (PWD).
The primary goals of the grant are to increase access to career pathways programs and to help those with significant barriers to employment enter into the workforce in skilled occupations. Grant funds will support projects that increase access for PWD, align WIOA programs, implement co-enrollment strategies, leverage other program funding, provide supportive services, and create onramps to career pathways for California’s PWD. Co-enrollment may include enrollment in WIOA Title I Adult, Title II Adult Education, Title III Wagner-Peyser, or other WIOA unified plan programs. Pathways to careers may include onramps into existing career technical education pathways or apprenticeship programs or the establishment of pre-apprenticeship programs, paid work education experience (PWEX), other work-based learning (WBL) opportunities for PWD. The selected projects are expected to work in collaboration with the following required partners: (1) Title I Local Workforce Development Board/One Stop Operator and (2) Local EDD/Wagner-Peyser Program staff. It is strongly encouraged that applicants work in collaboration with Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) departments.
- Public Agency
Eligible applicants are Local Workforce Development Areas, education and training providers, private non-profit organizations, private for-profit organizations, and faith and/or community-based organizations. Individuals are not eligible to apply.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum 40 percent match in relation to total requested funds. Match resources can be leveraged from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to, businesses, industry associations, labor organizations, community-based organizations, education and training providers, and/or federal, state, and local government programs.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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