Workforce Accelerator Fund 9.0

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Closed (62 total applications submitted)
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  • Grant
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Goals: Improve labor market & skills outcomes through the development of strategies that fill gaps, accelerate processes, or customize services to ensure greater access to workforce services & employment opportunities. Implement, replicate and scale innovations that emerged from previous Accelerator projects. Create new modes for service delivery & funding alignment that can be replicated across the State & regionally.


The goal of Accelerator 9.0 is to impact economic and racial equity by creating pathways to good quality jobs for workers from disadvantaged or low-income communities. Traditional workforce and education strategies have had inadequate impact. Even promising strategies lack the speed, agility, or scale needed to accelerate employment for workers desperately in need of good jobs

Accelerator seeks solutions to specific challenges that inhibit career opportunity & employment success for the targeted populations and that improve access to the workforce development pipeline – education, training, support services, placement, retention, etc. The intent is not simply to create new programs or to expand existing ones. Successful applicants will demonstrate how their projects will direct existing resources and efforts in new, more efficient and effective ways. These efforts should not create or reinforce service delivery silos or funding silos, but rather should result in strategies that take a new or unique approach to addressing workforce pipeline gaps specific to these populations, that can be applied, replicated or scaled to create broader impact and system improvement.

The Big Idea Concept The end game is advancing job quality and equity. Each project must identify a specific workforce system challenge or gap that existing workforce programs do not or cannot currently address due, for example, to rigid funding requirements, inadequate resources, need for relevant expertise or new partnerships, or other obstacles. With relatively flexible Accelerator funding, the Big Idea is a new innovative approach that has the potential to address this challenge or gap, thereby accelerating quality job outcomes for the population(s) targeted by the project.

A Big Idea will address one or more program areas below, or elements of one or more of these areas:

• Make high growth jobs better jobs by increasing job quality standards for emerging industries and/or jobs that drive the region by working with employers (see Job Quality description under Goals).

• Create income security and/or upward mobility for current workers. For example with an employer or within an industry, or from one occupation to another higher wage occupation, etc. May include, but not limited to, employed worker training (i.e. paid OJT or formal apprenticeship); sector-based “hiring hall” or “employer of record” approaches that allow employees mobility across multiple employers; employer collaboratives that lead facilitate to shared investment in talent; sector based technology solutions that enhance mobility and access to quality jobs; worker collaboratives that enhance sector-based networking and income stability; activities that lead to employee ownership.

Target populations include:

• People that are unemployed or underemployed

• People experiencing housing insecurity

• Youth that are neither in school nor working

• Immigrant job seekers

• People from disadvantaged or low-income communities

• People from communities experiencing disproportionate unemployment

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible applicants for this RFA include but are not limited to local workforce development boards, labor organizations, labor-management partnerships, public universities, K-12education entities and adult schools, community colleges, county social services agencies, worker centers, community-based organizations, business related non-profit organizations, and workforce intermediaries.

Eligible Geographies:


Matching Funding Requirement:

Successful Project applicants will demonstrate a 1:1 match of cash or in-kind support for their project activities as outlined below. Accelerator 9.0 Technical Assistance and Support applicants are not required to provide matching funds or in-kind support. No obligation or commitment of funds will be allowed prior to or beyond the grant term end date. Any grant funds not expended during the grant period will be returned to the State.

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 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
6/1/21 -12/30/22

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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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.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) and the Employment DevelopmentDepartment (EDD) are pleased to announce the availability of up to $7.4 million inWorkforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds to design, develop, andimplement projects that will drive equitable recovery with quality jobs and accelerateemployment and re-employment for California workers.

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:

Awardees/Subrecipients of WIOA funds will incur expenditures against the subgrant/awardand those costs will need to be reimbursed through a Cash Draw in CalJOBS. Upon award,Awardees/Subrecipients will be asked to complete a cash request in the CalJOBS Cash Drawmodule in order to receive funds.

How to Apply

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