The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), in partnership with the Department of Commerce (DOC), the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has announced the availability of up to $35.5 million to help communities and workers successfully adapt to changes in the coal industry and power sector.
“Recent changes in the energy economy have had a profound impact on Appalachian families and communities that have been sustained by the coal industry for generations,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, in a statement. “We have a moral imperative to work together to ensure we all succeed. That’s what the POWER initiative is all about — developing truly cohesive relationships at the federal, state and local level to create real economic opportunities for families throughout the region.”
DOL said the grant is being made available as part of the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization initiative, better known as POWER, and led by the Commerce Department's Economic Development Agency.
According to the release, up to $20 million will be made available through the Department of Labor, up to $12.5 million in funding through the Department of Commerce, up to $2.5 million through the Small Business Administration and up to $500,000 through Appalachian Regional Commission.
Eligible entities will include partnerships of regionally-driven economic development and workforce development organizations in impacted coal communities, DOL said.
The deadline to submit an application for DOC, SBA and ARC funding is July 10, 2015. DOL funding applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
To see the complete funding opportunity, visit www.grants.gov and search FON# POWER2015.