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.

Practical Lesson from Accelerator 1.0 – 4.0 – Innovative Solutions, Project Successes, and Learning Experiences
Accelerator 1.0 – 2.0 Dashboard
Accelerator 3.0 – 4.0 Dashboard

Current Announcements

Workforce Accelerator 8.0 – RFA Release

The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) and the Employment Development Department (EDD) are pleased to announce the availability of up to $3 million in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds to design, develop, and implement projects that accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for California job seekers. While employment alone cannot address the housing shortage facing California, it can be part of the strategy to improve outcomes for people who are living in precarious conditions. The goal of this initiative is to seed innovative thinking, expand partnerships, and generate cross-system collaboration to address the barriers to employment faced by people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

FULL RFA
Cover Page
Project Matrix
Form D Narrative Template (Projects)
Form D Narrative Template (Technical Assistance)
Form E Funding Expenditure Plan
Form F Budget Summary
Form F2 Budget Narrative
Form G Supplemental Budget
Form I Work Plan
Form J Partners Roles and Responsibilities

Resource Document

Significant Dates

Event

Date

RFA Release November 12, 2019
Application Workshop November 19, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, PT
Application Workshop RSVP

Q&A

11/15/19 Q&A

Accepted and posted weekly to the CWDB’s website throughout the application period.

All Applications Due December 23, 2019 (by 3:00 PM Pacific Time)
Award Announcement February 2020
Grant Period April 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021
Technical Assistance through March 2022

 

Workforce Accelerator Fund 7.0 Award Announcements
To view the award announcements: WAF 7.0 Award Announcements

Workforce Accelerator Fund 6.0 Award Announcements
To view the award announcement: WAF 6.0 Award Announcements

Workforce Accelerator Fund 5.0 Award Announcements
To view the award announcements: WAF 5.0 Award Announcements