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 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
  • July 8, 2022: DOL-ETA closes the WORC Grants cycle
  • September 2022: DOL-ETA awards WORC Grants