Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities

Staff Report

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

This announcement solicits applications for the WORC Initiative for grants serving the Appalachian and Delta regions. The purpose of this program is to demonstrate the alignment of regionally driven, comprehensive approaches to addressing economic distress and the necessary workforce development activities to ensure a workforce capable of succeeding in current and future job opportunities. Successful long-term economic growth strategies build upon bottom-up, community-led plans that promote economic resilience and maximize regional strengths.

The WORC Initiative grants take a long-term view toward assisting eligible communities in diversifying their economies by investing in local strategies developed by regional partners. This long-term view also acknowledges the impact of the opioid crisis and the significant challenges it presents to a community’s workforce. To address these challenges, the Employment and Training Administration encourages applicants to include within their applications strategies to address the employment and training needs of individuals affected by substance use disorder in their communities.


  • State Government

  • County Government

  • City or Township Government

  • Special District Government

  • Regional Organization

  • State or Local Workforce Development Board

  • Independent School District

  • Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education

  • Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)

  • Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)

  • Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization

  • Public/Indian Housing Organization

  • Nonprofit Organization with IRS 501(c)(3) Status

  • Nonprofit Organization without IRS 501(c)(3) Status

  • Private Institution of Higher Education

  • Hispanic-serving Institution

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)