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 Fund 7.0 Award Announcements
Thank you to everyone who applied for Workforce Accelerator 7.0. We received 123 proposals and the process was highly competitive once again this year. Additional Accelerator projects have been awarded. To view the award announcements, click here.

Orientation PPT Presentation 4/23/19
Orientation Q&A
EDD Launch Webinar PPT 4/30/19

***Additional Workforce Accelerator Fund 6.0 Award Announcements***
To view the award announcements, click here.

Workforce Accelerator Fund 6.0 Award Announcements
To view the award announcements, click here.

Workforce Accelerator Fund 5.0 Award Announcements
To view the award announcements click here.