Equity Target Population Fund Program Year 2022-23

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The Equity Target Population Fund (ETPF) solicits proposals that employ best practices to accelerate training, break down workforce system barriers, and qualify participants for current and future good-quality jobs in in-demand industry sectors. Funds will be used to design, develop, and implement projects that accelerate equity in employment for justice-involved individuals, disconnected young adults, people with disabilities, and veterans.


The ETPF Program Solicitation for Proposal (SFP) for Program Year 2022-23 (PY 22-23) aims to support innovative projects that accelerate equity in employment and develop employment strategies for populations that face significant barriers to employment. Applicants may propose to serve one or more of the following special populations: disconnected young adults, justice-involved individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans. These funds will support projects that build meaningful and sustainable industry investment and partnerships, provide work-based learning opportunities, increase equitable access to quality jobs, leverage other program funding, and provide wrap-around services that are tailored to address the equity needs for California’s most vulnerable populations that will put them on a path towards a quality job. Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is required. For registration information, email a request to WSBGrants@edd.ca.gov by November 29, 2022. The EDD encourages applicants to submit a notice of intent to apply by December 6, 2022, at noon to WSBGrants@edd.ca.gov. To view the entire Solicitation for Proposal, visit the Employment Development Department's Workforce Development Solicitations for Proposals webpage.   

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Proposals will be accepted from public and private non-profit organizations, Local Workforce Development Areas, education and training providers, tribal organizations, faith-based organizations, and community-based organizations. Individuals are not eligible to apply. 

Eligible Geographies:

Applicants to the ETPF Program for PY 22-23 may propose to serve disconnected young adults, justice-involved individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans in disadvantaged communities across the State of California.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to leverage a minimum of 20 percent of their budget with funds or services from other sources. The leverage funds are based on the total grant funding requested. Applicants are encouraged to braid funds, leverage human capital, and utilize other resources to maximize the success of the project. Leveraged resources can come from a variety of sources. 

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
February 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
8 – 16
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$200,000 – $1,000,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

The Employment Development Department (EDD), on behalf of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, announces the availability of up to $8 million in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Governor’s discretionary funds for an Equity Target Population Fund (ETPF) Solicitation for Proposals (SFP). 

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Other

Funding Method Notes:

The EDD will award funds to  subrecipients through a Subgrant Agreement. The EDD may request that the subgrant incorporate changes to the original project proposals. The awardees will officially enter into a subgrant with the EDD to provide the services and serve the planned number of participants  for the amount awarded. 

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Tuyen Tran, 1-916-657-5280, WSBGrants@edd.ca.gov