Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Women in Apprenticeship Act (WANTO) Grant - March 30, 2010, 30 days to apply

The Women’s Bureau (WB) and the Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) Office ofApprenticeship (OA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announce the availability of Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Act (WANTO) grant funds of approximately $1,800,000 to assist employers and labor management organizations in the placement and retention of women in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations. This year’s WANTO Request for Proposals (RFP) was published in the March 30, 2010, Federal Register. This solicitation for grant applications (SGA) will close 30 days after publication of the Federal Register Notice with grants expected to be awarded in June 2010. Based upon a competitive SGA, the grantees will be funded incrementally for two years, using DOL’s FY 2009 and FY 2010 appropriations.

The WB and OA co-administer the WANTO program and to that end, plan to disburse PY 2009 and 2010 WANTO grant funds to six community-based organizations (CBOs)/Registered Apprenticeship Program(RAP) consortia. The grantees are expected to conduct innovative projects that will improve outreach, recruitment, hiring, training, employment, and retention of women in apprenticeships in the nontraditional occupations. Unlike recent WANTO SGAs, which were limited to the construction industry, this SGA expands the focus to include a broader range of industries including advanced manufacturing, transportation, and construction, and “green” jobs in industries related to these three industries.

Mailed applications must be addressed to the U.S. Department of Labor,
Employment and Training Administration, Division of Federal Assistance, Attention:
Mamie Williams, Grants Management Specialist, Reference SGA/DFA PY 09-03, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW. Room N-4716, Washington, DC 20210.

For complete
“Application and Submission Information,” please refer to the March 30, 2010 Federal Register (Vol. 79, pages 15728-15736).


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