ERIC Number: ED499562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Finding Funding: A Guide to Federal Sources for Workforce Development Initiatives. Finding Funding Series
This guide provides an overview of strategies for gaining access to and using federal funds, as well as a catalog of 87 funding sources that can potentially support workforce development initiatives for adults and youth. It is intended to help program developers, policy makers, and initiative leaders identify federal funding sources to support workforce development programs and services for adults and youth.The guide includes well-known sources of funding for workforce development efforts (e.g., the Workforce Investment Act, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Job Corps), and less obvious sources like the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Outreach Partnership Centers Program. The HUD program supports partnerships between institutions of higher education and community groups to create initiatives that include job training, counseling and mentoring for youth. Section I of this guide looks at the changing context for financing workforce development programs and services. It provides an overview of public and private investments in workforce development initiatives. It also outlines some of the key issues facing policy makers and initiative leaders, as well as factors affecting current and future investments in these initiatives. Section II describes the various federal funding mechanisms, their structures and requirements. Section III presents the framework used to guide the research of federal funding sources for workforce development activities. It also analyzes the broad service domains (e.g., employment, retention, and advancement; education and training; youth workforce development) used in the framework along with examples of federal programs that can support activities in each service domain. Section IV highlights strategies for maximizing federal funds and building partnerships. It includes examples of initiatives that have successfully accessed federal funds to support workforce development services, and provides tips for implementing financing strategies. Section V is a catalog of federal funding sources that support workforce development initiatives. Each entry provides a short description of the funding source, eligibility requirements, application information, and contact information. To help readers identify specific funding sources to support their initiative, each source is also categorized according to the particular activities or services it can fund. Appendix A lists the funding sources cataloged in Section V sorted by the federal agency administering the funding source. Appendix B displays the federal programs by funding type (e.g. block grants; discretionary grants; direct payment; etc.). [This report was written with Elizabeth Mendes.]
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Outreach Programs, Federal Programs, Public Agencies, Block Grants, Financial Support, Labor Force Development, Primary Sources, Grantsmanship, Adult Programs, Youth Programs, Performance Factors, Public Support, Private Agencies, Eligibility, Funding Formulas, Guidance Programs
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; High School Equivalency Programs
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.