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Available Grant Opportunities

Below are the current notice of grants availabilities and recent grant awardee announcements. Throughout the commonwealth and the nation, there are numerous grants and financial aid resources available that can assist individuals and organizations in meeting their goals. The grants and financial aid information below is provided with the intent to help you begin the search, not an all-inclusive link to resources that may be available. Learn more about L&I's other grants and related programs.

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Veterans Employment Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) announces the availability of $800,000 of funding for a Veterans Employment Program (VEP) Grant. This Notice of Grant Availability (NGA) seeks applications to support initiatives across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (PA) that innovatively and creatively address barriers to employment facing veterans.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grant-Round 2

The PA Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) announces the availability of $1,530,000.00 in funding for the Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grant (DLWDG) to include awards of up to $45,000.00. This grant opportunity will be focused on supporting effective programs that enhance foundational digital literacy skills for job seekers in their local community. Foundational digital skills are necessary for carrying out job tasks and are becoming the main function of many jobs. Digital literacy skills promote problem-solving and critical thinking skills necessary to effectively navigate most platforms used in the job search process and in the workplace. Acquiring these skills will prepare today’s job seekers and employees for success in the 21st-century labor market.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Business Education Partnership (BEP) Grant

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) announces the availability of $3.3 million of funding for the Business Education Partnership (BEP) Grant.

The purpose of this Notice of Grant Availability (NGA) is to solicit grant applications to implement BEP programs that allow school districts to collaborate with local business and local workforce development boards (LWDB) to educate students (future workforce), parents and guardians regarding high-priority occupations and career pathways. These programs create partnerships with educators, employers, parents/guardians, and students to provide career-related experiences, exposure to different workplace opportunities and knowledge regarding opportunities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 18, 2021

PAsmart Apprenticeship Grants

PAsmart grant funds are used to support the growth of Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs, creating opportunities in new industries and occupations for Pennsylvania workers to advance along career pathways. This grant program will support schools, students, workers, and businesses across the Commonwealth and reach underrepresented populations, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, socio-economic disadvantaged individuals, individuals who speak English as a second language, individuals who were previously incarcerated, or individuals experiencing multiple barriers to employment. Ultimately, PAsmart will help Pennsylvanians develop the skills they need for the job they want, and in turn, support businesses by creating a skilled workforce to hire. Learn more about PAsmart Apprenticeship Grants

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on October 13, 2021.

PAsmart PY20-21 NGA - Growing Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships in Pennsylvania Grant Program - Application (Corrected)


Pennsylvania Industry Partnership Grants 

Pennsylvania is seeking industry partnerships that improve the economic prosperity and prepare the Commonwealth’s workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow.  The Industry Partnership program requires businesses within a targeted industry partnering to strengthen their industry through training initiatives, recruitment strategies, raising career awareness, and working together to address additional challenges identified by the businesses.  The goal is to increase regional collaboration to support business needs within an industry sector. 

Up to $4 million of funding for Pennsylvania Industry Partnership Grant awards of up to $250,000 each. This Notice of Grant Availability (NGA) seeks applications to support Industry Partnership initiatives across PA that work to identify workforce, education & training, and economic development needs, coordinate regional teams to support industry needs, identify public and community resources to address industry identified needs and increase collaboration among businesses within a targeted industry sector.

Applications must be submitted by 4:00 PM on October 22, 2021.

Recent Grant Awards:

Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grant

Digital Literacy and Workforce Development grants provide funds to support effective programs that prepare individuals for improved job search capabilities and greater access to employment postings, to gain access to employment with family-sustaining wages, and to increase communities’ infrastructures for providing foundational digital literacy skills. Acquiring these skills will prepare Pennsylvania job seekers and employees for success in the 21st Century labor market.

2020 Digital Literacy Workforce Development Grant Awardees

Next Generation Industry Partnership Grants

PAsmart Next Generation grants provide funds to support the development, launch, implementation, and technical assistance of Next Gen IPs that are demand-driven in addressing the workforce, economic development, and educational needs of Pennsylvania industries.

2020 PAsmart Next Generation Industry Partnership Grant Awardees

State/Local Internship Program (SLIP)

Pennsylvania’s workforce development system must work with employers and other stakeholders to connect young people with high-quality work-based learning opportunities, paid work experiences and career pathways. Last year’s State/Local Internship Program, or SLIP, placed 1,130 16- to 24-year-old youth and young adults into internships at 657 worksites in a variety of industries.

On March 5, 2020, L&I awarded $4.7 million of SLIP funding to 21 Local Workforce Development Boards that submitted proposals.