The Bay Area has the talent, resources, and solutions to shape an equitable, inclusive, and just regional economy for everyone. See below for opportunities to access funding to support your work toward an equitable future.
The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) in the City of Los Angeles has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for operators of America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM (AJCC). The RFQ, issued on January 19, 2024, invites proposals from organizations interested in managing an AJCC to assist adults and dislocated workers find quality jobs and careers, especially those facing significant employment barriers. The primary goal is establishing a Qualified List of proposers before issuing the full Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFQ does not award funds; its sole purpose is to create a list of qualified proposers before the issuance of the RFP.
The California Advanced Services Fund Broadband Adoption Account is offering grants to enhance publicly available or after-school broadband access and digital inclusion. The California Public Utilities Commission prioritizes programs in communities with demonstrated low broadband access, focusing on low-income communities, senior citizen communities, and those with socioeconomic barriers to broadband adoption. Eligible projects include digital literacy training programs, public education for communities facing limited broadband adoption, and initiatives providing free broadband access in public spaces like government centers, senior citizen centers, schools, libraries, nonprofits, and community-based organizations. Eligible applicants encompass businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies, with the Commission funding up to 85% of eligible program costs, requiring the remaining costs to be covered by other sources.
The U.S. Department of Labor announces a $98 million funding initiative through the YouthBuild Program to unlock opportunities for disadvantaged youth aged 16 to 24. Targeting high-demand sectors like construction, healthcare, IT, and hospitality, the grants aim to provide educational guidance, skills training, and employment services, addressing barriers in underserved communities. Aligned with the Biden-Harris administration’s job-focused agenda, the program supports the Youth Employment Works strategy, ensuring accessible employment for youth. Administered under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the initiative will fund about 75 projects, fostering impactful initiatives across various states.
As part of the California Community Colleges ongoing efforts to meet the state’s need for an educated and skilled workforce and the Governor’s goal of serving 500,000 earn-and-learn apprenticeships by 2029, the Chancellor’s Office is pleased to announce the availability of Proposition 98 funds for the California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) New & Innovative Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Grant Programs (N&I). Apprenticeship is the model of the future as a mechanism to eliminate the barrier between education, training, and employment to create a seamless pathway. While the goal is to serve 500,000 apprentices, California has currently served roughly 100,000, and the state has a need to create innovative ways to scale the growth of registered apprenticeships. The CAI N&I seeks to create new and innovative apprenticeship opportunities in priority and emerging industry sectors or areas in which apprenticeship training is not fully established or does not exist.
Open Funding Database Request Form
The Labor Center has created a Federal Infrastructure Funding Database that tracks notices of funding opportunities from various federal agencies. It covers programs and opportunities related to investments in public infrastructure, a green economy, and the domestic semiconductor industry.
If you would like to access the interactive database of funding opportunities and to receive updates from the Labor Center’s Green Economy Program, please fill out the following form. An email with the link to the password-protected webpage will be emailed to you.
Approved by the Board of Port of Oakland Commission on July 2015, the Port of Oakland Community Investment Program seeks to add value and best serve our diverse communities within the Port’s footprint. This grant program intends to benefit the communities in the Port’s Local Impact Area (LIA) in Oakland, Alameda, Emeryville, and San Leandro, as well as communities in the Port’s Local Business Area (LBA) in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
The California Youth Apprenticeship Grant (CYAG) is a new funding source to develop and test innovative practices to increase the participation of opportunity youth in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and to demonstrate the impact of apprenticeship on employment and earnings outcomes for opportunity youth.
The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. Businesses of any industry, size, or location compete for over $180 million available in tax credits by applying in one of the three application periods each year. Applicants will be analyzed based on twelve different factors of evaluation, including number of full-time jobs being created, amount of investment, and strategic importance to the state or region.