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Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Round 6: A Grant Initiative for the Appalachian, Delta, and Northern Border Regions

Open Date:

Open Date TBD

Close Date:

Close Date TBD

Upcoming Milestones:

Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institutions
  • Energy Communities
  • Local Governments
  • Native/Tribal Entities
  • Non-profits
  • State Governments

Program Purpose:

  • Economic Development
  • Education and Workforce Development

Reserved for Energy



Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Labor


The WORC Initiative aims to fund grants that create economic mobility, address inequities for historically marginalized communities of color, rural areas, and other underserved and underrepresented communities. These grants are designed to produce high-quality employment outcomes for workers in the Appalachian, Delta, and Northern Border regions, enabling them to remain and thrive in their communities. The Initiative provides grant funds to help impacted communities develop local and regional workforce development solutions aligned with existing economic development strategies and community partnerships, promoting new, sustainable job opportunities and long-term economic vitality with a focus on equity and underserved populations. WORC Round 6 places a strong emphasis on three key focus areas: enhancing access to Good Jobs, prioritizing equity, and sustaining impact.

Related Resources

Additional information is available on the Resources page.

Funding Details

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Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

Sabrina Guerrier


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