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Nearly $18 Million in Grants for State Workforce Agencies Now AvailableThrough US Labor Department’s Disability Employment Initiative

April 24, 2013
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration

The U.S. Department of Labor will fund four to eight cooperative agreements totaling nearly $18 million to improve educational, training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The grants represent the fourth round of funding through the Disability Employment Initiative, which is jointly funded and administered by two Labor Department agencies, the Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. To date, the department has awarded grants totaling more than $63 million in 23 states.

"The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is working to put job seekers with disabilities to work," said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris. "Through the American Job Center system, DEI programs in 23 states — and more to come with these additional grants — are providing people with disabilities a broad range of services."

The purpose of the cooperative agreements is to foster service delivery through the public workforce investment system for job seekers with disabilities. Funds will be awarded to state workforce agencies to collaborate with workforce investment boards in local areas. Awards will range from $1.5 to $6 million each to be spent over a three-year period. Programs will build upon the Labor Department's Disability Program Navigator Initiative and other model service delivery strategies such as Customized Employment and the Guideposts for Success.

The complete solicitation for grant applications is available at Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the online tutorial Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants available at

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