WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $1.5 million in funds to support the first year of a cooperative agreement for the operations of a policy development center focused on advancing employment opportunities and outcomes for disabled youth.

Administered by the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the funding will continue the work of the Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth. With ODEP funding, the department created the center in 2019 to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities by helping states expand their delivery of youth services and strengthening workforce systems.

The department anticipates the availability of $7.5 million in funds for a five-year budget period, subject to federal fund availability at $1.5 million per year.

Aligned with the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts toward a more inclusive workforce, the available funding will support research, engage with the workforce system and its partners, and identify effective policies and practices that support disabled youth employment. It will also help provide resources and training to help support their transition to adulthood.

“While the Office of Disability Employment has historically focused on the needs of disabled youth, rapid shifts brought on by the pandemic make education and employment especially critical today,” said Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Taryn M. Williams. “This funding opportunity will help identify effective transition solutions for building an equitable workforce.”

The deadline for application is July 12, 2023.

Learn more about ODEP.

Read the full announcement for this grant opportunity.


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