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The Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery Through Workforce Development

Grants to USA Workforce Agencies and Tribal Organizations for Career
and Training Services for Workers Impacted by Substance Abuse

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U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) - Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

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01/09/20 4:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA and Territories state workforce agencies and Tribal organizations to develop and implement training, career and support services that benefit workers impacted by substance abuse. Funding is intended to address the economic impact of substance misuse, addiction, opioid use, and overdose in heavily impacted service areas.

Grantees will engage community partners, such as local workforce development boards, employers or industry organizations, treatment and recovery centers, education providers, legal services and law enforcement organizations, and community-based and faith-based organizations, to address the issues mentioned above.

The goals of these grants are to:

  • Implement innovative approaches for addressing the economic and workforce-related impacts on local communities affected by the opioid and substance misuse epidemic;
  • Engage employers as essential partners to address the impacts of substance and opioid misuse by playing an active role in the grant’s program design and delivery, pioneering creative ways to support the skills attainment of existing or new employees, and connecting businesses with resources such as the Employer Resource Network to help workers retain their employment;
  • Provide training and employment services and comprehensive screening services, including outpatient treatment recovery care and other supportive services, to individuals impacted by the crisis; and
  • Deliver training and employment opportunities to encourage more individuals to enter professions that could address the crisis and/or provide relevant skills training that would help individuals enter career pathways and find and retain employment in in-demand occupations. 

For a complete list of allowable program activities and services, see:

These grant programs will serve workers, including dislocated workers, individuals with barriers to employment, new entrants to the workforce, or incumbent workers (employed or underemployed, a) who are personally affected by substance use disorders, defined as individuals who themselves or whose friends or family members have been directly or indirectly impacted by substance use disorders, or b) who seek to transition to professions that support individuals with a substance use disorder and need new or upgraded skills to better serve struggling or at-risk individuals.

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GrantWatch ID#: 187374

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 8 to 10 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards ranging from $500,000 to $5 million.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is 48 months with an anticipated start date of April 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for the Support to Communities grant funds are State workforce agencies, State workforce agencies of outlying areas, and Tribal organizations, as defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Outlying areas include American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands; and the Republic of Palau.

Grantees will engage community partners, such as local workforce development boards, employers or industry organizations, treatment and recovery centers, education providers, legal services and law enforcement organizations, and community-based and faith-based organizations, to address the economic effects of widespread substance misuse, opioid use, addiction, and overdose in significantly impacted service areas.

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Pre-Application Information:

The closing date for receipt of applications is January 9, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Grants may be submitted either electronically on or mailed or hand delivered.

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number ( and be registered with

Only one application will be considered per applicant.

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Contact Information:

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

Address mailed applications to:
The U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration, Office of Grants Management
Attention: Brinda Ruggles, Grant Officer
Reference: FOA-ETA-20-01
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N4716
Washington, DC 20210

For further information about this FOA, please contact:
Aiyana Pucci, Grants Management Specialist
Office of Grants Management
(202) 693-3403

Applicants should e-mail all technical questions to: and must specifically reference FOA-ETA-20-01

For problems with contact call Customer Support at 1-800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or email

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: Republic of Palau (USA)

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