H-1B Job Training Grants

The H-1B Job Training Grant Program funds projects that provide training and related activities to workers to assist them in gaining the skills and competencies needed to obtain or upgrade employment in high-growth industries or economic sectors.

Over time, these education and training programs

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will help businesses reduce their use of skilled foreign professionals permitted to work in the U.S.

on a temporary basis under the H-1B visa program.

Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact the nearest Employment and Training Administration Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Website Address


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Labor, Delaware Department Of $ 9,193,902   2021-02-012025-01-31
Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital $ 2,496,943   2021-02-012025-01-31
Communityhealth It, Inc. $ 2,500,000   2021-02-012025-01-31
Western Colorado Area Health Education Center $ 2,000,000   2021-02-012025-01-31
Rural Capital Area Workforce Development Board, Inc. $ 2,286,892   2021-02-012025-01-31
Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, Inc. $ 2,499,843   2021-02-012025-01-31
Denver, City & County Of $ 7,383,999   2021-02-012025-01-31
Colorado Center For Nursing Excellence $ 2,500,000   2021-02-012025-01-31
West River Area Health Education Center $ 2,500,000   2021-02-012025-01-31
Pee Dee Regional Council Of Governments $ 2,271,023   2021-02-012025-01-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Budget Performance Information is available at: https://www.dol.gov/general/aboutdol#budget. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are to be used to provide job training services and related activities to assist workers in gaining the skills and competencies needed to obtain or upgrade employment positions in high-growth industries and economic sectors which currently use H-1B visas to employ foreign workers.

Grant opportunities are published in the Federal Register.

Please refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for specific eligibility requirements.

See above.

A very small percentage of funds will be used by the Department of Labor for grants administration, technical assistance, and performance reporting.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants may be awarded to a partnership of private and public sector entities as defined in the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA).

Applicants may generally be public and non-profit organizations.

See the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for specific requirements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The scope of potential trainees under these programs can be very broad. Please review the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for specific requirements. Training may be targeted to a wide variety of populations including unemployed individuals and incumbent workers.


Generally grantees must demonstrate an adequate organizational capacity, both fiscally and programmatically, including a project management structure. Additionally, grantees must provide evidence of the use of data systems to track outcomes in a timely and accurate manner. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Grants for projects are awarded on a competitive basis, announced in Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in the Federal Register and also on ETA's Internet Web site at http://www.doleta.gov. To compete for a grant, organizations develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how the organization will provide services to a targeted population. The FOAs provide all of the necessary information for applying for federal assistance.

Award Procedures

Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable request for proposals. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel composed of staff from ETA program offices as well as peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the application and the cumulative rating. Selections are made based on the best rated proposals, as well as other factors cited in the FOA. Once selections are made by the Grant Officer, an Award Notification is sent through the appropriate congressional channels for notification. After awardees are notified, the list of awardees is posted on the ETA website at www.doleta.gov. If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant as notification that they were not selected as a recipient of the grant.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 Unless otherwise stipulated, recipients are subject to Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule on December 26, 2013 and found at 2 CFR Part 200 along with the OMB approved exceptions for DOL at 2 CFR Part 2900 published on December 19, 2014 in the Federal Register. , Section 414(c), Public Law 105-227.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. ETA announces grant recipients once the paneling process is complete, generally 90 to 120 days after the application deadline.


Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).


Renewals with funds are generally not available. However, with significant justification ETA may elect to exercise its option to award no-cost extensions to these grants for an additional period at its own discretion, based on the success of the program and other relevant factors.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. The requirement for match is contingent on the activities proposed by the applicant. For detailed information about match requirements, applicants should refer to the specific Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Most projects last three to four years. Payments to grantees are usually made by Letter of Credit draw-down procedures. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Grantees are required to submit quarterly reports within 45 days of the end of the calendar quarter regarding the status of their project.

Quarterly financial reports are required within 45 days of the end of the quarter.

Regional Federal Project Officers conduct performance monitoring using risk assessments, desk reviews, and on-site monitoring.

Final project reports are due to ETA 45 days after the grant ends.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Recipients are required to maintain books, records, documents, and other evidence of accounting procedures and practices sufficient to reflect properly all direct and indirect costs of whatever nature claimed to have been incurred for the performance of the grant. Records are to be retained for three years from the date of final payment unless the grant officer authorizes earlier disposal.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $321,000,000; FY 17 est $134,000,000; and FY 18 est $150,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards generally range from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000. Please review specific Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for specific details.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Provided in applicable Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the nearest Employment and Training Administration Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Megan Baird 200 Constitution Ave NW, Room C-4518, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: baird.megan@dol.gov Phone: 2026932822

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting proposals are specified in the applicable Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

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