Workforce Innovation Fund

The Workforce Innovation Fund funds projects that demonstrate innovative strategies or replicate effective evidence-based strategies that align and strengthen the workforce investment system in order to improve program delivery and education and employment outcomes for program beneficiaries.

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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.

No new applications are being accepted.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Labor & Industry, Pennsylvania Department Of $ 5,486,179   2015-10-012019-09-30
Ohio Department Of Job And Family Services $ 5,608,270   2015-10-012019-09-30
State Of Minnesota Department Of Employment & Economic Development, The $ 5,541,102   2015-10-012019-09-30
Commerce, Kansas Department Of $ 4,684,437   2015-10-012019-09-30
The Institute For Indian Development Inc $ 5,223,896   2015-10-012019-09-30
Labor, Connecticut Department Of $ 5,821,227   2015-10-012019-09-30
Virginia Community College System Office $ 10,311,423   2014-10-012019-09-30
New Orleans, City Of $ 5,434,546   2014-10-012019-09-30
San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc. $ 5,605,784   2014-10-012019-09-30
Los Angeles, City Of $ 5,712,146   2014-10-012019-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can be used for a broad range of activities.

Please see the grant solicitations for specific allowable activities.

Restrictions are established by law and through the grant solicitations.

All of the Workforce Innovation Fund grants are discretionary.

They were awarded through a competitive process.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible institutions are: (i) State Workforce Agencies; (ii) Local Workforce Investment Boards; (iii) entities eligible to apply for WIA Section 166 grants; (iv) consortia of State Workforce Agencies; (v) consortia of Local Workforce Investment Boards; and (vi) consortia of entities eligible to apply for WIA Section 166 grants (Tribal entities).

Beneficiary Eligibility

The scope of potential beneficiaries under these programs can be very broad. Please review the Solicitations for Grant Application for specific requirements.


Generally grantees must demonstrate an adequate organizational capacity, both fiscally and programmatically, and strong proposed plans for implementing their project. Applicants should review the Solicitations for Grant Applications for specific requirements. 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

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. No new applications are being accepted.

Award Procedures

No new applications are being accepted.


Not Applicable.


Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011; the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6) and the Consolidated Funding Act, 2014 (P.L. 113-76). Entities awarded grant funds from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) must adhere to the Office of Management and Budget?s (OMB) consolidation and publication of the 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. , Title VIII, Section 1801, Public Law 112-10.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

No new applications are being accepted.


No new applications are being accepted.


No new applications are being accepted.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Most projects last approximately 3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

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

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

Annual performance reports are required within 45 days following the end of each project year.

Final progress reports are required no later than 90 days after all grant funds have been expended, or the period of grant funds availability has expired.

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


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 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 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - No new applications are being accepted.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

See SGAs.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. No new applications are being accepted.

Headquarters Office

Wendy Havenstrite 200 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Phone: 2026932618

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See SGAs.

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