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YouthBuild Grants

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Employment and Training Administration (ETA)


    YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are high school dropouts, adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, homeless youth, and other disadvantaged youth populations. The YouthBuild program simultaneously addresses several core issues important to low-income communities: affordable housing, education, employment, leadership development and energy efficiency.

    The YouthBuild model balances project-based academic learning and occupational skills training to prepare disadvantaged youth for career placement. The academic component assists youth who are often significantly behind in basic skill development to obtain a high school diploma or state high school equivalency credential. The occupational skills training component prepares at-risk youth to gain placement into career pathways and/or further education or training, and also supports the goal of increasing affordable housing within communities by teaching youth construction skills learned by building or significantly renovating homes for sale or rent to low-income families or transitional housing for homeless families or individuals. Additionally, grantees that have been previously funded by the Department may include occupational skills training in other in-demand industries in addition to construction skills training. This expansion into additional in-demand industries is the "Construction Plus" component.

    Because one of the goals of the YouthBuild program is to provide affordable housing, all prospective applicants must demonstrate their commitment to the goal of increasing the supply of permanent housing for homeless and/or low-income individuals and families. The construction of affordable housing benefits the community where the affordable housing is built or renovated, and also provides youth with an opportunity to give back to their communities and work and learn in a team environment.

    YouthBuild grantees must accomplish this goal by having a sufficient number of youth enrolled in and completing the construction skills training component to enable the program to build or substantially renovate at least one unit of housing within the grant period of performance. Each program must also have access to a work site to use for on-site construction training. Only homeless and/or low-income individuals and families may use a former work site as newly built or renovated unit of housing.


    History of Funding

    Previous award information is available here:

    Additional Information

    WIOA adds an additional purpose to the YouthBuild program - "To improve the quality and energy efficiency of community and other non-profit and public facilities, including those that are used to serve homeless and low-income families."

    WIOA requires that participants who had dropped out of school, but had reengaged in educational activities prior to enrollment in a YouthBuild program use a sequential service strategy. WIOA now recognizes those participants as dropouts for purposes of eligibility for the YouthBuild program and requires no additional steps for enrollment of youth who had previously dropped out and then reengaged in an educational program.

    In terms of eligible activities, WIOA requires an increase in the maximum percentage of funds that may be used for supervision and training of participants on the rehabilitation of community and other public use facilities from 10 percent to 15 percent; the reduction of the allowable administrative cost ceiling from 15 percent to 10 percent; and the addition of allowable activities for training in other in-demand occupations.

    WIOA lists a new requirement for participant follow-up services following exit from the program. YouthBuild grantees are required to provide follow-up services for a period not less than 12 months after completion of the program.


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    Michael Lessmeier
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  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are non-profit agencies that serve disadvantaged youth, including but not limited to:
    • Community-based organizations;
    • Faith-based organizations;
    • Entities carrying out activities under the WIOA, such as a Local Workforce Development Board;
    • Community action agencies;
    • State or local housing development agencies; 
    • Community development corporations;
    • State or local youth service or conservation corps;
    • Other entities eligible to provide education or employment training under a federal program; or
    • Entities in an area designated as a Promise Zone or member of a Promise Zone collaboration.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by May 9, 2017. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $80,000,000 was available in total funding for FY17.  80 awards are expected to be given. Awards will range between $700,000 and $1,100,000. Cost sharing/matching of 25% is required. Awards will last for 40 months, including a 4-month planning period.

    NOTE: In FY17, 70% of funding will be awarded to previously funded YouthBuild Projects. The remaining 30% will be awarded to new applicants. 


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