Grants to Provide Career and Training Services to Low-Income Older Adults

Grants to Provide Career and Training Services to Low-Income Older Adults

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of approximately $156 million in grants through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to provide career services and training services to low-income older individuals who are seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce.

SCSEP aims to move participants of the program into unsubsidized employment in both the public and private sectors, promote part-time work experiences in community service assignments for unemployed low-income individuals who are 55 years of age or older, and foster self-sufficiency. Successful grant applicants presented clear service delivery models that will enable eligible individuals to successfully participate in the program and achieve these program goals.

The Department awarded approximately $156 million for in the SCSEP to fund 21 grants to national non-profit organizations through the program’s general funds, as well as funds set aside by statute to fund organizations with the ability to provide employment services to older Native Americans or Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. The grants will support more than 32,000 participant positions.

These awards provide funding through the end of Program Year 2020. After Program Year 2020, these grantees may receive approximately $312 million annually for an additional three years, subject to future appropriations.

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The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.