Workforce Accelerator Fund

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 target populations.

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.

Request for Applications for Workforce Accelerator Fund 9.0

The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) and the Employment Development Department (EDD) are pleased to announce the availability of up to $7.4 million in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds to design, develop, and implement projects that will drive equitable recovery with quality jobs and accelerate employment and re-employment for California workers.

See the full Request for Applications here.

Application Forms

If you are applying for more than one project type, separate applications MUST be submitted. Combined applications will be automatically denied during the technical review.

Additional information, RFA resources and application forms are available on our Accelerator Initiative Page

Important Dates:

Application Workshop:
WAF 9.0 Application Workshop

Q+A Postings:
Posted weekly through March 5, 2021.                                                              Q&A as of 02/26/2021

  • Submit questions to WAF@cwdb.ca.gov
  • Use “WAF 9.0 Question” in the subject line
  • Final Q&A posting will be March 5th by 5:00PM.
  • Final questions must be submitted by Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 12:00PM Pacific Time.

Applications Due:
March 8, 2021 (by 3:00 PM Pacific)
Late applications will not be accepted.

Award Announcement:
April 2021

Program Start Date:
June 1, 2021

Grant Term:
June 1 2021 – December 30, 2022
Technical Assistance thru June 2023

*Note – All dates after the final proposal submission deadline are approximate and may be adjusted as conditions dictate.


Workforce Accelerator Fund: At a Glance

Practical Lessons 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

Promising Practices Briefs: The Secrets to Success – Intro, The Influencer, Technical Assistance, and Networks

Workforce Accelerator Fund 8.0 Award Announcements
To view the award announcements: WAF 8.0 Award Announcements

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