Apply for Registered Apprenticeship Funding

Receive up to $30,000 to support the start up, growth, or diversification of a manufacturing Registered Apprenticeship program.


JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning has funding available to support you and your apprentices!

If you're a manufacturer, industry association, sponsor, or intermediary looking to build, expand, or diversify your Registered Apprenticeship program, we encourage you to apply to receive up to $30,000 in funding!


How much funding is available?

You could receive up to $500 per apprentice or up to $2,000 per apprentice from an underrepresented population (this includes: apprentices with disabilities, women, veterans, persons currently or formerly incarcerated, Hispanic and Latinx, American Indian and Alaskan Native, Asian, Black and African American, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander).

A program can receive up to a maximum of $30,000.

Who is eligible to receive funding?

Employers, industry/employer associations, and intermediaries sponsoring a Registered Apprenticeship program in manufacturing and related occupations are eligible to apply and receive funding.

What can the funding be used for?

This funding may be used for:

  • Efforts to increase gender, racial, ethnic, and other demographic diversity and inclusion in apprenticeship
  • Costs related to design and start-up of apprenticeship
  • Classroom education or online training for apprentices
  • Outstanding costs related to on-the-job training (excluding wages)
  • Train-the-trainer costs or activities
  • Curricula development for related training instruction (RTI)
  • Training supplies for apprentice programs
  • On a limited basis and as determined by need:
    • technical assistance from an intermediary with the administrative aspects of apprenticeship implementation
    • services to support apprentices’ entry and retention in a program (funding for this use should first be leveraged through partnerships with state and local WIOA partners)

Please note that the funds cannot be used to support pre-apprenticeship training.

Where is this funding coming from?

This funding is part of Jobs for the Future's Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning's Improving Diversity and Equity in Apprenticeships for Manufacturing (IDEA-M) project with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship.

JFF is a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems. For nearly 40 years, JFF has led the way in designing innovative and scalable solutions that create access to economic advancement for all. In 2017, JFF launched the Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning to spur mainstream adoption of equitable, innovative, and high-quality apprenticeship and work-based learning programs. The Center works to expand apprenticeship and work-based learning programs into new industries and fosters access and success for a broader, more diverse group of workers.

In 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor contracted with Jobs for the Future to enroll an average of 750 apprentices or more a year over the life of the contract through strategies that engage employers and industry; leverage key partnerships; reduce program development time for key occupations in target industries; and increase the number of new apprentices.

What are my obligations if I receive funding?

Should you be selected to receive funding, you will be asked to complete or participate in the following:

  • In order to receive funds, you must first provide apprentices’ identification numbers from the RAPIDS database or another state database as well as additional demographic data (note: JFF does not ask for any personal identifiable information (PII)).
  • You must also provide contracting documents including your signed apprenticeship standards, a W-9 form, and electronic funds transfer information.
  • You are required to participate in an information session about additional resources available through the IDEA-M project related to improving diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in Registered Apprenticeship.

How do I apply?

  1. Download and complete the application form.
  2. Draft a commitment letter: This letter should be on company letterhead and include: information about the employer and Registered Apprenticeship program, program activities and the specific number of apprentices that would be supported by the incentive funding if awarded, the specific incentive funding amount requested, other information relevant to the program and incentive funding use if awarded, and a signature of an employer representative.
  3. Return both documents as separate PDFs by Friday, March 3, to Becky Calwell, senior manager, at

I have another question!

We're happy to help! Please reach out to Becky Calwell, senior manager, at

Applications Due Friday, March 3, 2023

Download the Application