Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships


Department of Labor Announces Ready to Work Partnership Grants
Opportunity for Job Clubs to Partner with the Workforce System in Serving Long-term Unemployed Individuals

On February 19, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a new grant competition for public-private partnership programs that serve the long-term unemployed. This is the Ready to Work Partnership grant program that was originally discussed by President Obama at the January 31 White House Summit on Long-term Unemployment.

Below is the news release. You can find this and other information at:

For a direct link to the grant application visit:

Please note, an important part of this grant is providing outreach to long-term unemployed individuals. Job Clubs are specifically identified as eligible partners and are directly mentioned as an example of outreach and recruitment approaches. Also note that many of the services to be provided under these grants are offered by job clubs, such as job search assistance and counseling.

The grant application provides a link to this Community of Practice with information to prospective applicants on contacting job clubs to discuss potential partnerships.


$150M Ready to Work Partnership grant competition to help those facing
long-term unemployment return to work announced by US Labor Department
Grant applications accepted through June 19, 2014 

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $150 million in grants to prepare and place those facing long-term unemployment into good jobs. The Ready to Work Partnership grant competition will support and scale innovative partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations and America’s public workforce system to build a pipeline of talented U.S. workers and help those experiencing long-term unemployment gain access to employment services that provide opportunities to return to work in middle- and high-skill jobs.  

Approximately 20 to 30 grants ranging from $3 million to $10 million will be awarded to programs focused on employer engagement, individualized counseling, job placement assistance, and work-based training that facilitate hiring for jobs where employers currently use foreign workers on H-1B visas. 

“These grants are part of President Obama’s call to action to help ensure that America continues to be a magnet for middle-class jobs and business investment,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “We need to do everything we can to help employers expand and grow while at the same time remembering that those who have been out of work through no fault of their own deserve a fair shot.”

Secretary Perez made the grant announcement from the Pulaski, N.Y., headquarters of the Fulton Companies, a global manufacturer of industrial and commercial heating systems. Thanks in part to federal funding from the multi-agency Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, Fulton develop strong training partnerships with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. Together, they were able to develop the local workforce Fulton needed to expand the manufacturing capacity of their Pulaski plant to better serve the North American and overseas markets. 

Programs funded through Ready to Work Partnership grants will use on-the-job training, paid work experience, paid internships and Registered Apprenticeships to provide employers the opportunity to train workers in the specific skill sets required for open jobs. Programs will have to recruit those who have been out of work for six months or longer and will incorporate a strong up-front assessment, allowing for a customization of services and training to facilitate re-employment.

As a pre-condition to be considered for funding, at least three employers or a regional industry association must be actively engaged in the project. The grants are financed by a user fee paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to view additional online resources at Any organization that meets the requirements of the solicitation may apply. The Solicitation for Grant Applications, which includes information about how to apply, is available at