Workforce Accelerator Fund 12

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The Workforce Accelerator Fund (Accelerator 12) grant program will support local board development and implementation of projects that incorporate High Road strategies, as defined in California Unemployment Insurance Code §14005(r), which include: improving job quality and job access, meeting the skill and profitability needs of employers, and meeting the economic, social, and environmental needs of the community.


The CWDB has determined the local boards listed below are the only eligible applicants to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) form to apply for Workforce Accelerator Funds.

The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) is pleased to announce the availability of up to $3 million in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds for the Workforce Accelerator Fund (Accelerator 12) grant program. The CWDB seeks to fund local workforce development board (local board) led projects that align with the CWDB's High Road Vision. Accelerator 12 seeks to underscore the state's commitment to the High Road vision while allowing grantees to align funding, programs, and services in ways that center worker voice, equity, and job quality.

Eligible local boards may apply for Accelerator 12 by submitting a completed Letter of Intent (LOI) form. Organizations applying for Accelerator 12 must respond to each prompt in the LOI form. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the full Accelerator 12 solicitation before completing the LOI form. LOI responses must be single-spaced, in 12-point Arial font (note: the LOI form will automatically default to this formatting responses with these text/font settings). The LOI form has a 1500-character limit per response box, including spaces.

The CWDB will evaluate all submissions and invite selected applicants to participate in a panel interview that will be scheduled prior to the grant award.

Anaheim Workforce Development Board, Foothill Workforce Development Board, Golden Sierra Workforce Development Board, Humboldt County Workforce Development Board, Imperial County Workforce Development Board, Kern, Inyo, & Mono County Workforce Development Board, Kings County Workforce Development Board, Los Angeles City Workforce Development Board, Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board, Madera County Workforce Development Board, Merced County Workforce Development Board, Mother Lode Workforce Development Board, North Valley Job Training Consortium (NoVa), Northern Rural Training & Employment Consortium (NoRTEC), Oakland Workforce Development Board, Orange County Workforce Development Board, Pacific Gateway Workforce Development Network, Richmond Workforce Development Board, Riverside County Workforce Development Board, San Benito County Workforce Development Board, San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board, San Joaquin County Workforce Development Board, San Luis Obispo County Workforce Development Board, Santa Ana Workforce Development Board, Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board, Santa Cruz Workforce Development Board, San Jose/Silicon Valley WIN – Work 2 Future, Solano County Workforce Development Board, Sonoma County Workforce Development Board, South Bay Workforce Development Board, Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board (SELACO), Stanislaus County Workforce Development, The Workforce Development Board of Tulare County, Verdugo Workforce Development Board, Workforce Alliance of the North Bay, Yolo County Workforce Development Board

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

The CWDB seeks to award funding to local workforce development boards that are not or have not previously served as a lead fiscal agent for a High Road Training Partnership or High Road Construction Careers grant. Applications received from ineligible organizations will not be reviewed.

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.
April-June 2024
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
21 months

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
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:

Workforce Accelerator Fund 12.0

The Workforce Accelerator Fund 12.0 is supported by the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) in coordination with the California Employment Development Department (EDD) with Department of Labor funding totaling $3,000,000.

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)

How to Apply

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


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