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YouthBuild Grants

Programming Grants to Assist Underprivileged and
At-Risk Youth to Become Gainfully Employed

GrantWatch ID#: 128055
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The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor

05/08/12 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Grants are available to public and private organizations nationwide for programs which will help disabled, at-risk, and other underprivileged youth (16-24 years) become successful citizens. Eligible programs will help these youth complete their high school education and prepare for employment, while, at the same time, engaging them in community service activities. This opportunity will also address issues facing low-income communities such as affordable housing, crime prevention, leadership development, education, and employment. YouthBuilds is primarily geared toward training for employment in the construction industry. Previously awarded applicants may provide occupational skills training in industries other than construction provided that the training is for an in-demand industry(ies) as demonstrated by local labor market information; that the training must allow for the attainment of one or more industry-recognized credentials; and that the industry(ies) selected must produce a positive benefit for the community.

The Jobs for Veterans Act requires grantees to provide priority of service for veterans and spouses of certain veterans for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services in any job training program directly funded, in whole or in part, by DOL.

All prospective applicants must demonstrate their commitment to the goal of increasing the supply of permanent housing for homeless individuals and low-income families. This commitment must be demonstrated by having a sufficient number of youth enrolled in and completing the construction skills training component over the grant period of performance to enable the program to complete at least one unit of housing that will be utilized by homeless and/or low-income individuals and families.

The YouthBuild model balances in-school learning that leads to the achievement of a high school diploma or passing the General Education Development (GED) test and occupational skills training that prepares youth for career placement. The in-school component is an alternative education program that assists youth who are often significantly behind in basic skills to obtain a high school diploma or GED credential. The target populations for YouthBuild are high school dropouts who may also be adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, and other at-risk youth populations.

An individual may participate in a YouthBuild program if the individual:
a. Is between the ages of 16 and 24 on the date of enrollment; and
b. Is a member of a low-income family, a youth in foster care (including youth aging out of foster care), a youth offender, a youth who is an individual with a disability, a child of an incarcerated parent, a migrant youth; and
c. Is a school dropout or an individual who has dropped out of high school and re-enrolled in an alternative school, if that re-enrollment is part of a sequential service strategy.

Up to, but not more than, 25 percent of the participants in the program may be youth who do not meet criteria 1.b. or 1.c. above, but they must:
* Be basic skills deficient, despite attainment of a secondary school diploma, GED credential, or other state-recognized equivalent (including recognized alternative standards for individuals with disabilities); or
* Have been referred by a local secondary school for participation in a YouthBuild program leading to the attainment of a secondary school diploma. Referrals from secondary schools to YouthBuild programs that provide only a GED certificate are not allowed.



$700,000 - $1,000,000

Three (3) years and four (4) months from the effective date of the grant.

  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American)
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

An entity carrying out activities under Workforce Investment Act (WIA), such as a local workforce investment board, One-Stop Career Center, or local school board
A community action agency
A state or local housing development agency
A community development corporation
A state or local youth service conservation corps
A consortium of such agencies or organizations with a designated lead applicant
Any other public or private non-profit entity that is eligible to provide education or employment training under a Federal program

Not eligible: Grantees who received funding from the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 – 2011 YouthBuild competition [SGA/DFA PY 10-02] including any affiliates or members or affiliates of a grantee’s leadership team

Applicants must provide new cash or in-kind resources equivalent to 25 percent of the grant award amount as matching funds. Please note that neither prior investments nor Federal resources may be counted towards the matching funds threshold. Applicants are encouraged to leverage additional resources beyond the required match to supplement grant activities. Leveraged resources can be used to cover costs or materials that might otherwise be an unallowable charge to grant funds.

Applicants must have a D–U–N–S® Number and must register with the Federal Central Contractor Registry (CCR)

The Department strongly recommends that before the applicant begins to write the proposal, applicants should immediately initiate and complete the “Get Registered” registration steps at

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Technical support:
The Contact Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is closed on federal holidays.

Kia Mason, Grants Management Specialist, Division of Federal Assistance
(202) 693-2606
Email technical questions to: and specifically reference SGA/DFA PY 11-06, and along with question(s), include a contact name, fax and phone number.


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