Libraries are already in the business of serving their communities. Librarians may not be aware, however, that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) offers a wide variety of grants to organizations and other entities, such as libraries, that are able to match up their resources with the variety of DOL training, educational and employment programs aimed to prepare and equip the workforce for the 21st Century.
DOL’s Employment and Training Administration web portal offers a wealth of grant opportunities. There you’ll find a wide range of programs listed, many of which provide multi-million dollar grants. The nature of grant opportunities vary greatly, from programs to help give veterans a leg-up as they prepare after active duty to re-enter the workforce, to those that connect unemployed youth with training and certification programs to better arm them with the skills to successfully compete for jobs. Others seek data to better inform the government about those out of the workforce seeking employment.
The website also features a section that answers common questions about the grant application process, as well as tips toward a successful grant application. It also shares examples of grants awarded, as well as “how to” on filling out the financial information correctly. It also provides guidance on how to make sure you include all the elements required for a complete proposal. Take a moment to check it out…you might find a window to possible resources that align with the knowledge, experience and strengths you can bring to bear.