DOL announces $346 million in available grants for senior job training
March 15, 2012
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced $346 million in grants available for eligible applicants as part of the Senior Community Service Employment Program. The program connects older, unemployed Americans with job training through community service opportunities.
In all, the DOL anticipates that roughly 35,700 older Americans could be served by the $346 million, which it expects will be awarded via 10 or 20 grants. The Senior Community Service Employment Program supports efforts to train and educate low-income, unemployed individuals who are at or over the age of 55. Through the federally-sponsored program, it aims to help this demographic reach economic self-sufficiency.
"The job training programs funded through these grants will enhance employment opportunities for seniors through training while also linking them with businesses that are looking for qualified employees," said secretary of labor Hilda L. Solis.
To be considered for grants, eligible applicants - nonprofit organizations, tribal organizations and federal public agencies - must be able to support a multi-state program that meets requirements. The program's solicitation for grants will be published in the Federal Register, and those interested in applying can also visit to Department of Labor's website for more information. Other nonprofit organizations could potentially benefit from similar web-based services, which enable them to raise funds online
and provide an easy way for eligible organizations to apply for grants.