The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is charged with contributing to the more efficient functioning of the U.S. labor market. ETA meets this goal by providing employment services, labor market information, job training, and income maintenance services.

Most of ETA's funding is distributed to state and local workforce development agencies by statutory or regulatory formula that is not open for competition. However, ETA also awards a significant portion of funding through competitive grants to support a variety of priorities in employment and training programming and services. These grant recipients are encouraged to become an active partner in the network of nearly 2,400 America’s Job Centers that provide assistance to job seekers and employers (America’s Service Locator). These opportunities are announced through formal Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), formerly SGAs, which are published in the Federal Register, on ETA's Grants and Contracts website, and on the Grants.gov website.

ETA is committed to ensuring that as many entities as possible - in particular, smaller entities such as community-based and faith-based groups, as well as those entities that have not previously managed Federal grant programs - are aware of competitive grant application opportunities. ETA does not encourage the submission of concept papers, abstracts, or other unsolicited proposals, as all discretionary grant opportunities to date are conducted through a competitive process. Recognizing that smaller community organizations and entities that are "new" to the Federal grant-making process may be unfamiliar with ETA FOAs and ETA's process for evaluating grant applications, ETA has developed several tools to help new organizations craft competitive applications. Take the first step in applying for one of these grants by reviewing the Grants Application 101: An Overview of the Competitive Grant Application Process and Readiness Assessment module.

Annotated Sample Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): A sample FOA with notations to help prospective applicants understand the language and requirements in order to respond to an announcement.

 

Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA): This module provides an overview of FFATA. Unless the grant award recipient is exempt as provided in paragraph [4.] of this award term, the grant recipient must report each action that equals or exceeds $30,000 in Federal funds for a subaward to a non-Federal entity or Federal agency. This information must be reported at:  https://www.fsrs.gov.