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Delta Workforce Grant Program

General Grant Program Information

The Delta Workforce Grant Program (DWP) is an initiative designed to build long-term community capacity and increase economic competitiveness by providing grants to support workforce training and education programs throughout the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions.

DWP supports projects and initiatives that create a more vibrant economic future for the Delta region by expanding opportunities to recruit, train, and retain a diverse and local workforce, aligning workforce and economic development strategies, creating sustainable talent pipelines, establishing or enhancing locally/regionally significant sector-based partnerships, and supporting enhanced workforce productivity through investments in innovative programming or services.

Opportunity Status:
Posted Date:
Close Date:
Eligible Applicants:
Job Training Applicants
Eligible Activities:
Technical Assistance, Workforce Development, and Training/Education
Transportation Type:
Air Maritime Railway Roadway Transit
Most Recent Annual Program Funding Amount:
$10 Million
Annual Award Amount:
$50,000 - $450,000
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
Match Waiver:
Links to Additional Information:
Other Federal Agencies / Delta Regional Authority (DRA)

Eligibility Information

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include:

  • Counties/parishes, cities, or other political subdivisions of a state, including a special purpose district of a state or local government engaged in economic or community development activities or a consortium of political subdivisions,
  • Public or private nonprofit organizations or associations,
  • Regional development organizations,
  • Economic development organizations,
  • Workforce investment boards,
  • Unions/labor organizations,
  • Community-based organizations,
  • Faith-based organizations,
  • Institutions of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education,
  • Historically Black Colleges & Universities,
  • Minority-serving institutions,
  • Trade/technical schools, and
  • Federally recognized Tribes.

In addition, DRA has additional geographic eligibility requirements. To be eligible for DRA funding, applicants must propose to serve and benefit a portion of the Delta region as defined by the Delta Regional Authority Act of 2000, as amended. See a map and description of the DRA region.

Funding Information

Applicants must demonstrate at least a 10 percent cost share (cash and/or in-kind) matched by non-DRA sources. Matching sources may be non-federal, other federal, or a combination of sources.

Applicants located in and/or serving distressed counties/parishes do not need to demonstrate a match of any kind.

In general, applications that demonstrate leveraged resources from private entities/employers are encouraged but will not receive additional points for their application.

Contact Information

Technical questions about the Request for Proposals should be directed to with the subject line “Delta Workforce Program RFP.” Include the contact name, applicant organization, and phone number in the body of your email.

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