Background & Information

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is charged with contributing to the more efficient functioning of the U.S. labor market. ETA meets this goal by providing employment services, labor market information, job training, and income maintenance services.

Most of ETA's funding is distributed to state and local workforce development agencies by statutory or regulatory formula that is not open for competition. However, ETA also awards a significant portion of funding through competitive grants to support a variety of priorities in employment and training programming and services. These opportunities are announced through formal Solicitations for Grant Applications (SGAs), which are published in the Federal Register, on ETA's Grants and Contracts Web site, and on the Web site.

ETA is committed to ensuring that as many entities as possible - in particular, smaller entities such as community-based and faith-based groups, as well as those entities that have not previously managed Federal grant programs - are aware of competitive grant application opportunities. ETA does not encourage the submission of concept papers, abstracts, or other unsolicited proposals, as all discretionary grant opportunities to date are conducted through a competitive process. Recognizing that smaller community organizations and entities that are "new" to the Federal grant-making process may be unfamiliar with ETA SGAs and with ETA's process for evaluating grant applications, ETA has developed several tools to help new organizations craft competitive applications. This Web site is a central clearinghouse for these tools, and will be updated with additional tools as they are published.