Opportunity Young Adult Career Pathway Program Grant for Program Year 2024-25

Portal ID:
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:



The OYA Career Pathway Program for PY 24-25 grant's aim is to design and implement projects that focus on creating pathways to success that test and demonstrate program strategies to improve employment outcomes and reduce persistent economic inequities for OYAs 18-28 years of age.


The OYA Career Pathway Program will position OYAs to obtain access to good-quality jobs , including jobs that pay family-sustaining wages, offer benefits, have predictable hours, opportunities for career advancement, and worker voice. Projects will also provide investments for wrap-around support and services to increase the likelihood of program completion, employment outcomes, and career pathway advancement, including comprehensive case management with a trauma-informed  lens.

This funding opportunity will aid in providing programs that center around providing critical services for these OYAs that will accelerate their movement into family-sustaining jobs. This program will allow the state to implement projects that utilize innovative, OYA-centered outreach and program strategies for OYAs and place them in living-wage jobs, and also develop culturally competent services and programs tailored to the needs of young people with barriers experiencing unemployment or underemployment informed by OYA voice through engagement that builds on the experience and perspective of OYAs for program design and delivery.

Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. PST on October 22, 2024. An informational webinar will be held on October 1, 2024, at 10 a.m. PST. Pre-registration is required for all attendees. Refer to the EDD’s Workforce Development Solicitation for Proposals website.


The EDD encourages applicants to submit a Notice of Intent to apply by October 8, 2024 at noon to WSBSFPGrants@edd.ca.gov. To view the Solicitation for Proposal, visit the EDD's Workforce Development Solicitation for Proposals website.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Other Legal Entity
  • Tribal Government

Eligible applicants for the OYA Career Pathway Program SFP include non-profit organizations, labor unions, tribal governments, community colleges, local workforce boards, and education and training providers. Applicants, including collaborations among partners, must have demonstrated expertise in assisting OYAs and in workforce development programs. Individuals may not apply.

Eligible Geographies:

Factors include but are not limited to communities with high crime or incarceration rates, high poverty rate, high underemployed or unemployment rates, and/or communities of color within each county. Some identified and suggested target regions include Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Francisco, Solano, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties based on each county's absolute or proportional number of OYAs.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to leverage at least 20 percent of their budget with funds or services from other sources. The leverage needed for funds is based on the total grant funding requested. Applicants are encouraged to braid funds, leverage human capital, and utilize other resources to maximize the project's success.

Important Dates

The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Anticipated Open Date

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.
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.
$1,500,000 – $2,000,000
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 EDD, in coordination with the LWDA, announces the availability of $25 million from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor’s Discretionary funds, for OYA PY 24-25 Round 2 Solicitation for Proposals.

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).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

There is a total of $25 million will fund the OYA Career Pathway Program for PY 24-25 Round 2. Applicants may apply for funding of $1,500,000 up to $2,000,000 to serve the target population.

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, brandon.raveling@edd.ca.gov