Strengthening the Delta Workforce

In 2018 the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) launched the Delta Workforce Program, an initiative designed to build long-term community capacity and increase economic competitiveness across the Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt.


About the Delta Workforce Program

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), approximately $29.2 million in grants are available under the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) initiative to support workforce training and education in rural communities across the Delta and Appalachian regions. To complement this federal partnership, DRA facilitates pre-award technical assistance workshops and webinars, makes available $1.5 million in grants under the Delta Workforce Grant Program, and offers post-award technical assistance to grantees.

The Delta Workforce Program prioritizes investing in communities and regions that have been negatively impacted by economic transition and need assistance to help build their workforce pipelines and strengthen their economies.

Investment priorities include:

  • Supporting industry-led workforce training
  • Building collaborative talent pipelines
  • Supporting or enhancing industry clusters
  • Accelerating local or regional economic development

 


Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), approximately $34.2 million in grant funding has been made available under the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) initiative to support workforce training and education in rural communities across the Delta and Appalachian regions. 

 

2022 Resources

Application Resources

2022 WORC IV Prospective Applicant Webinar

 

2022 Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities Funding Cycle

Total Program Funding: $34,200,000

Award Funding Range: $150,000 - $1,500,000

2022 Funding Cycle: April 27 – July 8, 2022


Eligible Applicants include:

  • State and county governments
  • City or township governments
  • State or local workforce development boards
  • Special district governments
  • Regional organizations
  • Independent school districts
  • Public/state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • Indian/Native American tribal governments (both Federally Recognized and non-Federally Recognized)
  • Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations
  • Public/Indian housing 
  • Nonprofit organizations (with or without 501(c)(3) status)
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Hispanic-serving institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)

 

2022 WORC Grant Opportunity 

 

Eligible applicants interested in applying must operate in or serve residents and communities within the 252 counties and parishes of the DRA region.

To complement this federal partnership, DRA facilitates pre-award technical assistance workshops and webinars and offers post-award technical assistance to grantees.


Important Dates

  • April 27, 2022: DOL-ETA publishes FOA for WORC on Grants.gov
  • June 2, 2022:  DRA hosts WORC Pre-Award Technical Assistance Webinar  https://bit.ly/38apmsd
  • June 8, 2022: Technical Assistance Workshop (Memphis, TN) https://bit.ly/3wTrf4O
  • July 8, 2022: DOL-ETA closes the WORC Grants cycle
  • September 2022: DOL-ETA awards WORC Grants

 

WORC Pre-Award Technical Assistance Webinar

Date:  Thursday, June 2, 2022
Time:  11:00 AM to 12:15 PM CT
Link:  https://bit.ly/3m20SVc

 

WORC Pre-Award Technical Assistance Workshop

Date:  Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Location:  DoubleTree Downtown Memphis | Memphis, TN
Time:  8:00 AM to 2:30 PM CT
Link:  https://bit.ly/3wTrf4O

Description:

Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is hosting two pre-award technical assistance sessions to complement the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL-ETA)'s Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Grant Program. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend to learn more about creating a competitive proposal and hear from previous grantees about their lessons learned.

In partnership with DRA and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the US DOL-ETA has made available approximately $34.2 million in the third round of grant funding for the WORC Initiative. Grants ranging from $150,000 to $1.5 million will be made awarded to create economic prosperity, gainful employment, and high-quality career outcomes for workers who reside in the Delta and Appalachian regions, enabling them to remain and thrive in these communities.

For grant eligibility and how to apply, please visit grants.gov.