DRA to Hold Technical Assistance Webinar, Workshop for Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities

May 27, 2022

U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to award $34.2M in a fourth round of grant funding; applications due July 8, 2022.

LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA REGION - In partnership with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has made available approximately $34.2 million in a fourth round of grant funding for the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative. Grants ranging from $150,000 to $1.5 million will be awarded to projects that create economic prosperity, offer gainful employment opportunities, and provide high-quality career outcomes for workers who reside in the Delta and Appalachian regions, enabling them to remain and thrive in these communities.

DRA is a hosting and a technical assistance webinar and workshop to complement ETA’s WORC Grant Initiative. Attendance is encouraged for prospective applicants to learn how to develop a competitive proposal and to hear from previous grantees about their approach, best practices, and lessons learned.

Additional information and resources are available online and potential applicants are encouraged to visit www.dra.gov/workforce to learn more. For grant eligibility and how to apply, please visit grants.gov.

Both events will discuss topics important to prospective applicants including eligibility, grant requirements and allowable activities, performance reporting, and application procedures.


WORC IV Prospective Applicant Webinar

Thursday, June 2, 2022 | 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM CT

Click Here for Webinar Registration


WORC IV Prospective Applicant Workshop

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM CT
Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel * | Memphis, TN

Click Here for Workshop Registration

*DRA will be providing lodging for the night of June 7th for attendees.


The WORC Initiative enables impacted communities to propose projects that demonstrate the alignment of regionally driven, comprehensive approaches to addressing economic distress and the necessary workforce development activities to ensure a workforce capable of succeeding in current and future job opportunities. The webinar and workshop are designed to discuss the recently-released Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with prospective applicants. Follow this link for more information from ETA.

Please contact DRA’s workforce team (workforce@dra.gov) should you have any questions or would like additional information.


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About the Delta Regional Authority

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 and Alabama Black Belt regions.  DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development.  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
202-515-1354
sblair@dra.gov