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Funding Opportunities



California Opportunity Youth Apprenticeship (COYA) Grant


The California Opportunity Youth Apprenticeship (COYA) Grant is a new funding source to develop and test innovative practices to increase the participation of opportunity youth in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and to demonstrate the impact of apprenticeship on employment and earnings outcomes for opportunity youth. Up to $25 million is available and the first round of the grant will open by February 2024. To learn more, visit the website or email: DASGrantUnit@dir.ca.gov.


Growth Opportunities – Rounds 4 and 5

The Growth Opportunities – Rounds 4 and 5 are now open for applications, with approximately $85M available to support around 28 grants.

Aimed at empowering justice-involved youth and young adults, this program focuses on providing paid work experiences, occupational education, leadership development, mentorship, and more.

To view all the details, click the link here: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/351769

Current closing date for application: April 2nd, 2024, 11:59 Eastern Time.

Apprenticeship Innovation Funding (AIF)

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) are pleased to announce the second round of Apprenticeship Innovation Funding (AIF). This funding makes $75 million available for FY 2023-2024 to support apprenticeship program sponsors associated with the Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (IACA). These sectors include healthcare, transportation, education, advanced manufacturing, information technology and every sector outside the building and fire trades.

For more information and to apply, please visit the DAS web page.

2023-2024 Application Process
February 13, 2024 – Applications Open
February 21, 2024 at 11am – AIF Information Session – Register here
Mar 28, 2024 at 11am – AIF Office Hours – Register here
April 8, 2024 at 2pm – AIF Office Hours – Register here
April 17, 2024 at 12pm PST – Deadline for Applications
March – June – Eligibility Evaluation
May – September – Estimated Payment Window


For future funding opportunities, we encourage monitoring the Division of Apprenticeship Standards and California Community College Chancellor’s Office website for updates.