Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities

The Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) initiative works with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to expand the impact of existing workforce development initiatives and to support workforce training and education in rural communities.

From 2019 to 2022, DRA communities received 44 WORC grants, totaling over $57 million in grant funding, serving 12,426 participants.

For more information about WORC, visit the Employment and Training Administration website.

How to Apply

WORC Funding Now Available

The DOL is now accepting applications for the WORC initiative to help workers in DRA’s eight-state region access new, high-quality career opportunities. Final applications are due Thursday, June 20, 2024Learn more about WORC initiative grants and apply.

WORC Pre-App Series

DRA has provided a series of technical assistance videos to break down components of the WORC (Round 6) funding opportunity. These videos cover several topics from the FOA, including eligibility, grant requirements and allowable activities, performance reporting, and application procedures.

WORC Initiative Potential Applicant Webcast

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