U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced the availability of $150 million in the new Long-term Unemployed H-1B Ready To Work Partnerships grant program (Ready to Work). Up to 30 grants of $3 million–$10 million will be awarded to partnerships that must include the public workforce system, training providers (including community colleges), and businesses and business-related groups. Any one of these entities may serve as the lead applicant, so this program is a significant new funding opportunity for community colleges.
Grants will fund a range of activities including assessment, counseling, and job training. The funded activities will focus on preparing unemployed individuals for jobs in industries that utilize H-1B nonimmigrant visas for skilled international workers, as the program is funded by the fees that employers pay when applying for these visas. The deadline for grant applications is June 19, 2014.
More information about the program, including Frequently Asked Questions [PDF] and the Solicitation for Grant Applications, is available on the DOL website.