DRA Accepting Applications for the Delta Workforce Grant Program

August 12, 2020

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) opened the application cycle for the 2020 Delta Workforce Grant Program (DWP).  The program invests federal resources in communities across the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions particularly hard hit by industrial downsizing, business closures, and job losses as a result of the public health and economic crisis. 

“DRA is committed to investing in workforce training and education that supports job seekers, incumbent workers, and employers to help strengthen economic development in Delta communities,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell.  “As our economy recovers, it is critical that we make these resources available to Delta and Alabama Black Belt communities to strengthen their workforce, create jobs, and improve quality of life across the region.”

DWP supports projects and initiatives that create a more vibrant economic future for the DRA footprint by expanding job training and re-employment opportunities, aligning workforce and economic development strategies, creating sustainable talent pipelines, establishing or enhancing locally/regionally significant public-private partnerships, and supporting enhanced workforce productivity through investments in innovative programming.

Under the program’s Request for Proposals, DRA makes available $1.5 million in grants ranging from $25,000-150,000 to support industry-driven workforce development programs and initiatives in Delta and Alabama Black Belt communities.  Applications must target workforce training and education for individuals residing in the DRA region and include at least one employer partner seeking to hire more skilled workers in a high-demand industry sector.

To complement this funding opportunity, DRA will offer post-award technical assistance to grantees to ensure projects are effectively and sustainably implemented.

To submit a grant application, visit the Delta Workforce Grant Program portal at workforce.dra.gov.  All applications must be submitted in the grant portal by October 12, 2020 at 11:59pm CST.  Additional information about the Delta Workforce Program, including important dates and resources, is available at dra.gov/workforce.

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt.  The DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development.  The DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.

DRA Media Contact:
Shawna Blair
Director of Communications and Public Engagement

DRA Program Contact:
Aury Kangelos
Delta Workforce Program Manager