Workforce Accelerator Fund


The California Workforce Development Board and the Employment Development Department funded projects that design, develop, and implement projects that accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for California job seekers. The State Board and EDD will fund projects and partnerships to create and prototype innovative strategies that bridge education and workforce gaps for targeted populations, and initial implementation of promising models and practices in workforce system service delivery infrastructure.

Projects accelerate skill development, employment, and reemployment for one or more of the target populations (long-term unemployed, returning veterans, individuals with disabilities, low-income workers, CalWORKS participants, disconnected youth, ex-offenders, and immigrant job seekers).

Workforce Accelerator Fund Goals:

  • Improve labor market and skills outcomes for the target groups through the development of strategies that fill gaps, accelerate processes, or customize services to ensure greater access to workforce services and employment opportunities.
  • Implement, replicate and scale successful innovations that emerged from previous Accelerator projects.
  • Create new modes for service delivery and funding alignment that can be replicated across the State and tailored to regional needs.
  • Leverage State investment with commitments from industry, labor, public, and community partners.


Workforce Accelerator Fund: At a Glance

Workforce Accelerator Fund: Materials Library
 – materials, publications, PowerPoints, etc.


Current Announcements: 

Request for Applications

The California Workforce Development Board (State Board) and the Employment Development Department (EDD) are pleased to announce the availability of up to $500,000 in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Governor’s Discretionary funds to assess and evaluate two of the State Board’s signature innovation initiatives: SlingShot and Workforce Accelerator Fund (Accelerator). Through this Request for Application (RFA), the State Board will fund three types of Innovation Evaluation Projects: Workforce Accelerator Fund Evaluation; SlingShot Evaluation; Innovation Evaluation Coordinator.

The Innovation Evaluation Request for Applications is now available here.
Applications DUE: CLOSED



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