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Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits and For-Profits for Youth Workforce Development Programs

Out-of-School Youth Focused Youth Apprenticeship Program


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Funding Source
District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES)
Funding or PIN Number: RFA No.: DOES-OSY-Apprenticeship 2023
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington, DC

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/27/23 3:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit and for-profit organizations for workforce training programs for youth. Funding is intended to support the development or expansion of apprenticeship programs for out-of-school youth ages 18-24. Eligible industries include construction, manufacturing, energy, transportation, information technology, healthcare, and hospitality.

As part of the District’s investment into strengthening local youth apprenticeship programs through ARPA funding, DOES is seeking high quality, structured and innovative grant applications from registered apprenticeship programs or new organizations to develop, implement and/or expand existing or new youth apprenticeship programs for 80 District out-of-school youth*, ages 18 to 24. Applicants are expected to provide workforce training, exposure, and placement into apprenticeship programs. The proposed initiative must lead to increased apprenticeship opportunities and direct entry to registered apprenticeship programs in traditional and nontraditional apprenticeable occupations and industries for 80 District out-of-school youth ages 18-24. 

* District out-of-school youth (1) are no longer engaged or connected to secondary education, high school dropouts, or disconnected from traditional school; (2) have either graduated from high school or secured a GED but have no post-secondary education, career targets, sustainable plans; (3) are not in the workforce; or (4) are basic skills deficient, leaving them either unemployed or underemployed.

To support the expansion of current Youth Apprenticeship Programs (YAP) or the development of new YAP, grant funds are available to primarily support workforce training costs related to On-the-Job Training (OJT), On-the-Job Learning (OJL), and related technical instruction (RTI). Program costs such as training materials, equipment, and curriculum are also allowable costs under this RFA. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, applicants should be prepared to offer services virtually,
in person, and/or in a hybrid iteration given the status of the District and DOES.

Acceptable YAP models under this RFA include:

  • Pre-Apprenticeship to Apprenticeship Programs
  • Direct Entry into Apprenticeship Programs

For more information on program models, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizations that are eligible to apply for this grant include public and private non-profits and for-profit organizations with demonstrated effectiveness providing the requested services and meeting the needs of the target population, including:
• Non-profit, community, or faith-based organizations;
• Community colleges or other postsecondary institutions;
• Public, charter, or alternative secondary schools;
• Trade associations or chambers of commerce;
• Private, for-profit service providers; or
• Labor unions, labor-management partnerships, or registered apprenticeship programs;
• Must have a registered apprenticeship program or have partnerships with other registered apprenticeship programs.
• HELC approval to offer Occupational Skill Training per D.C. Official Code § 38-1309.

For the purpose of this RFA, all Applicants shall provide services in the District of Columbia and
be eligible to conduct business with the Government of the District of Columbia. Each applicant
must provide legal proof of ownership or occupancy

All Applicants must be current on payment of all federal and District taxes, including Unemployment Insurance and Paid Family Leave taxes and Workers' Compensation premiums. Applicants cannot be listed on any federal or local excluded parties’ lists.

Applicants shall be responsible organizations possessing the demonstrated ability to perform successfully under the terms and conditions of a proposed grant award.

Food for staff or participants enrolled in the program is not an allowable expense under this grant.

Pre-Proposal Conference
A Pre-Application Conference will be held on March 9, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at:
Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20019

Attendance is highly encouraged.

Please confirm attendance at:

Pre-Application Information
Application Submission Deadline: March 27, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. ET

For related documents, see:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
DOES intends to grant at least one award for this RFA.

Term of Contract
The 2023 Out-of-School Youth Focused Youth Apprenticeship Program will operate from the date of award through 12 months thereafter. DOES reserves the sole right to exercise up to three (3) option years beyond the original period of performance contingent upon the availability of funding and satisfactory performance from the Grantee. Proposed YAP must be able to commence services no later than April 17, 2023.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Demetries Saunders

District of Columbia Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20019
(202) 724-7000

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