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: 
The California Workforce Development Board is now accepting applications for Workforce Accelerator 6.0 Projects.

Application Workshop PPT
Q&A Friday, September 22,2017
Q&A Friday, September 29, 2017
Q&A Friday, October 6, 2017
Q&A Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Q&A Thursday, October 12, 2017

Important Dates

October 13, 2017 – Last FAQ Posted
October 16, 2017, 3PM PST – Applications DUE*

*For applicants in counties affected by the fires, the State Board may grant an extension of up to 10 days.  Please notify us through the mailbox to request an extension.  Be sure to include your organization name and county.*

Questions regarding the instructions for this RFA may be sent to:

Please use “WAF 6.0 Question” in the subject line. Cumulative questions and answers will be posted to the State Board’s website under the Initiatives tab on a weekly basis through Friday, October 13, 2017.

Cover Page & Forms Workbook
Form F2, Budget Narrative
NEW Project Matrix
ACCELERATOR2 Project Matrix

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