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The U.S. Department of Labor is making $19 million in grants to nonprofits and government entities in the Senior Community Service Employment Program that can now apply for additional funding for sector-based training for older low-income workers.  

The USDOL’s Employment and Training Administration will award up to six demonstration grants, ranging from $2 to $5 million each, to current grantees operating programs awarded under the 2020 SCSEP national grant competition. To receive an optional demonstration grant, entities must also be awarded funding through the 2024 SCSEP national grant competition. 

The demonstration projects will enable grantees to augment the SCSEP service model to provide enhanced career navigation services, occupational training and on-the-job training. Successful applicants will build and expand partnerships with employers, training providers and the public workforce system to inform and support the projects.  

In turn, the department will study the effect of industry-based or sector-based training on employment outcomes for older workers. It will then use the data to support its evidence-building agenda and help develop strategies related to training and employment programs for older workers.  

Authorized by the Older Americans Act, Senior Community Service Employment Program grants provide subsidized, part-time community service training for unemployed, low-income adults, ages 55 and older with low employment prospects.  

Go here to learn more and apply for SCSEP Demonstration grants and apply.