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Programs Benefitting BIPOC Communities

Fund for Workforce Equity

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Workforce Matters

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Deadline Date:

07/31/22 11:59 PM


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for workforce development programs. Funding is intended to support organizations that focus on learners and workers from BIPOC communities. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to racial equity. Priority will be given to programs that offer digital skills or IT training, serve immigrants or refugees, serve youth and young adults, or serve populations disproportionately impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Fund for Workforce Equity anticipates that funds will be awarded to support organizations in implementing initiatives that center workers and learners of color in designing or implementing workforce policies and programs.

The Fund will provide flexible resources and support to workforce development organizations seeking to pilot, adopt, and learn from new strategies as well as innovate on or extend existing strategies that:

  • Authentically respect, value, honor, and compensate workers, learners, and job candidates for the skills and perspectives that they bring to designing and implementing workforce programs and policies; and
  • Invest in creating spaces for People of Color to exercise their power and agency in developing and implementing workforce programs and policies.

In addition, the Fund for Workforce Equity will support the following strategies:

  • A Learning Community for grantees to share promising practices and lessons learned.
  • Technical Assistance that provides grantees access to expertise and resources on human-centered design and other best practices for elevating worker and learner voice.
  • Evaluation and Learning efforts that shares lessons from the initiative with grantees and the broader workforce field, and that supports funders in disseminating and investing in promising practices among their grantees.

Acceptable Uses of Funding can be found at

Priority Places, Populations, and Learning Interests can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 204152

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request grants of up to $70,000. It is anticipated that typical awards will range from $50,000-$70,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Qualifications and Priorities
- Must provide workforce development programming or advocacy, including but not limited to: Education and training programs that help individuals acquire and retain good jobs; Efforts that help workers to increase their income and/or advance their careers; Internships, apprenticeships, and/or learn-and-earn experiences; Career coaching/counseling; Providing or coordinating work supports such as transportation or child care services; Organizing or advocacy efforts related to any of the above
- Must have already invested in organizational racial equity training
- Must be U.S.-based
- For organizations that provide direct services to individuals: Must serve a majority of workers and/or learners of color
- Must be classified as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or be fiscally sponsored by an organization that is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization or be a federally recognized or state-recognized tribal government.

These funds may not be used to support general organizational racial equity training, which applicants must demonstrate they have already invested in. Funds may not be used to advocate for any specific legislation or political candidate.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workforce Matters will hold an applicant webinar on June 16, 2022 at 3 pm ET. Registration is required.

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

Application packets must be submitted by July 31, 2022, 11:59 pm local time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Key Dates and Submission Procedures:
- May 31: RFP launches
- June 16, 3 pm ET: Informational webinar for applicants
- May 31-July 15 Q&A period; Q&A will be posted on
- July 31: Application Packages Due to Workforce Matters
- August 1-September 30: Proposal Review & Grantee Selection
- October 15: Grantees Announced
- November 1: Grant Period Begins


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