Veterans Employment Program to support Initiatives across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) announces the availability of $800,000 of funding for a Veterans Employment Program (VEP) Grant.

Donor Name: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

State: Pennsylvania

Counties: Beaver County (PA), Fayette County (PA), Lackawanna County (PA), Clearfield County (PA), or Lycoming County (PA)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/30/2021

Size of the Grant: $200,000

Grant Duration: 1 year


VEP funding provides Pennsylvania Veterans with flexible resources to support innovative solutions to address veterans’ barriers to employment.

Many government programs and community initiatives already partner collaboratively to work with veterans; VEP funding can provide resources for new, innovative concepts, fill funding gaps, or supplement existing initiatives to provide more comprehensive services for Pennsylvania veterans to improve their employment outcomes.

Funding Information

  • $800,000 is available. Grant awards will be no more than $200,000 each. One grant will be awarded to the top scoring applicant with a service delivery area in Delaware County. The other three awards will be based on competitive scoring and the availability of funds.
  • VEP funding is anticipated to be used for grant-related activities from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

Eligible Applicants

  • Currently, Delaware County is operating a Veterans Employment Program project. Research conducted by the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA) found the five Pennsylvania counties with the highest veteran unemployment rates (2019 ACS 1-Year Estimates) are: Beaver (15.0%), Fayette (12.5%), Lackawanna (12.0%), Clearfield (8.0%), and Lycoming (7.1%). L&I seeks to expand the scale and reach of this initiative, particularly in and around those five counties, and will award up to a total of four (4) projects under this grant.
  • Eligible applicants include local workforce development boards, non-profit and non-governmental entities, community-based organizations, education and post-secondary organizations, labor organizations, business associations, and economic development entities. The applicant(s) must be capable of bringing together business, education, workforce, community, and other partners to achieve the overall project goals of this NGA. If organizations apply as a partnership, the application must appoint a single entity as the lead applicant. The applicant(s) must demonstrate the ability to coordinate the project design and implementation of the project, manage the project budget, and implement a strategy to collect, analyze, and report performance outcomes.

For more information, visit Veterans Employment Program.