DOL – Opioid Recovery through Workforce Development (2019)

Applications are due January 4, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET.

The goal of this program is to implement innovative approaches for addressing the workforce and economic impacts on local communities impacted by opioid and substance use, including engaging with community partners, providing training and employment services, and offering skills training in in-demand occupations.

Helpful resources

  • Learn how civil legal aid helps those affected by the opioid crisis in a co-branded NLADA and Justice in Government Project factsheet. On the last page are four examples of partnerships that are currently serving individuals affected by the opioid crisis.
  • NLADA recently presented at a national conference on how legal aid can help individuals affected by substance use disorders. We also heard from two states on what they’re doing to address the opioid crisis. Access that presentation here.
  • NLADA has a webinar series on the opioid crisis, including webinars on Research and Funding, Data Collection and Evaluation, and Partnerships.

Grant information

Funding Title: Fostering Opioid Recovery through Workforce Development Grant Program

Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration

Funding Opportunity Number: FOA-ETA-20-01

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes! “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” (p. 3). Legal services are also listed as a participating partner (p. 13).

Target Population: 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.

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $20,000,000

Award Ceiling: $5,000,000

Award Floor: $500,000

How to Apply: Only tribal organizations or state workforce agencies are eligible to apply. Contact your local agency or tribal organization to apply. Award notifications will be posted on the ETA Homepage (

Current Closing Date for Applications: Applications are due January 4, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET.

Eligible Applicants: State workforce agencies and tribal organizations, as defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link

Contact Information: Contact Aiyana Pucci, Grants Management Specialist, for more information

Categories: Department of Labor, Employment, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Subgrant Possibilities, Substance Use Disorder

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