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Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC): A Grant Initiative for the Appalachian and Delta Regions – Round 3

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Upcoming Milestones:

Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institution
  • Local Government
  • Native/Tribal Entity
  • Non-profit
  • State Government

Program Purpose:

  • Economic Development

Reserved for Energy


Funded by:

U.S. Department of Labor


This program is provided through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration – Office of Workforce Investment and is estimated to total $29,175,000.

The purpose of the WORC program is to demonstrate the alignment of regionally driven, comprehensive approaches to addressing economic distress and the necessary workforce development activities to ensure dislocated and other workers in the regions are capable of succeeding in current and future job opportunities. Successful long-term economic growth strategies build upon bottom-up, community-led plans that promote economic resilience and maximize regional strengths. The WORC Initiative grants take a long-term view toward assisting eligible communities, including those energy communities that currently or historically have had a high concentration of employment in energy extraction and related industries, in diversifying their economies by investing in developing a skilled workforce through training and other approaches that aligns with local strategies developed by regional partners. This long-term view also acknowledges the impact of the opioid crisis and the significant challenges it presents to a community’s workforce. To address these challenges, ETA encourages applicants to include within their applications strategies to address the employment and training needs of individuals affected by substance use disorder in their communities.

Eligible recipients include:

  • State Government
  • County Government
  • City or Township Government
  • State or Local Workforce Development Board
  • Special District Government
  • Regional Organization
  • Independent School District
  • Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Government (federally recognized)
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Government (other than federally recognized)
  • Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization
  • Public/Indian Housing
  • Nonprofit Organization with IRS 501(c)(3) Status
  • Nonprofit Organization without IRS 501(c)(3) Status
  • Private Institution of Higher Education
  • Hispanic-serving Institution
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)

Related Resources

Funding Details

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Funding Type:
Grant - no match
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
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Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

Diane Easterling, Grants Specialist

[email protected]

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