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US Department of Labor: Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC): A Grant Initiative for the Appalachian and Delta Regions (FOA-ETA-22-13)

Focus Areas:

Job Training for Special Populations 


$150,000 - $1,500,000

Geographic Focus:

Appalachian and Delta Regions

Funder Type:



Applicant teams must include: at least two employers/industry representatives, particularly those employers that offer jobs with family-sustaining wages, benefits, opportunities for advancement, and worker voice


The purpose of this program is to create economic mobility, address historic inequities for marginalized communities of color and other underserved and underrepresented communities and produce high-quality employment for workers in impacted ARC and DRA regions, enabling them to remain and thrive in these communities. The WORC Initiative is designed to address persistent economic distress by aligning community-led economic and workforce development strategies and activities to ensure long-term economic resilience and enable dislocated and other workers in the regions to succeed in current and future job opportunities.

Gina Wolf