Growth Opportunities Grant Program

Employment and Training Administration

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Required Skill: Training and Capacity Building
Sector: EducationPoverty
Last date: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Country: United States

Detailed Description

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is pleased to launch a funding call for the Growth Opportunities (GO) Grant Program to prepare justice-involved youth and young adults for employment through education and training, paid work experiences, mentorship, and leadership development, and contributes to community violence intervention among youth and young adults.

purpose of this program is to introduce and prepare justice-involved youth and young adults for the world of work through placement into paid work experiences, and on a path to more equitable career opportunities with their peers. In addition to paid work experiences, the program encompasses occupational education and training in in-demand industries, leadership development, a mentorship component, and post-work experience placement into unsubsidized employment and/or education.

These grants focus on youth and young adults most impacted by community violence to advance equity, particularly in areas of concentrated crime and poverty as well as communities that have recently experienced significant unrest.

This program contributes to the Biden-Harris Administration’s comprehensive strategy to combat gun violence and other violent crime, in part, with preventative measures that are proven to reduce violent crime and support public safety and community well-being.


The goals of the grant are to:

  • Help youth and young adults to increase their conflict resolution skills and develop strategies to prevent and avoid violence.
  • Introduce and prepare youth for the world of work.
  • Help youth identify career interests, attain relevant skills and gain work experience.
  • Provide income to youth, to start them on the path of earning living wages and obtaining high quality jobs and careers.
  • Funding Information
  • They expect the availability of approximately $85,000,000 to fund approximately 29 grants. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $4,000,000.
  • Direct applicants may apply for up to $2,000,000 in funding, and intermediary applicants may apply for up to $4,000,000.
  • The period of performance is 42 months with an anticipated start date of 06/01/2022. This performance period includes all necessary implementation and start-up activities.

Eligibility Criteria

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Regional government organization
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian/Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits other than institutions of higher education having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, including union training funds, faith-based, women’s, minority, and community based organizations


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