DOL Announces $15 Million Disability Employment Initiative Grant Opportunity

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On May 28, 2014 (EST)

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on May 27, 2014 the availability of approximately $15 million in grants to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to increase the participation of people with disabilities in existing career pathways programs in the public workforce system. These grants represent the fifth round of funding through the Disability Employment Initiative, a joint program of the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. The DEI intends to build the public workforce system's capacity to effectively serve youth and adults with disabilities. To date the department has awarded more than $81 million through four rounds of funding to 26 state workforce agencies with projects in local workforce investment areas. The department anticipates awarding eight grants, ranging from $1.5 to $2.5 million, to be spent over a 42-month period. Workforce agencies interested in applying for this funding (SGA/DFA PY 13-11) should visit The deadline to apply is July 8, 2014. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY The grant opportunity is available via

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