Labor Department announces $1.5M in grant funding to help low-wage female workers

Washington – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $1.5 million grant program for community-based organizations and other non-profits that provide outreach to low-wage female workers.

Administered by the department’s Women’s Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration, the Fostering Access, Rights and Equity grants are designed to help women understand and exercise their rights and benefits in the workplace. The fund will support up to six grants.

“The pandemic exposed the current system’s failure to protect or serve women workers adequately, especially low-paid women and workers of color,” said Women’s Bureau Director Wendy Chun-Hoon “The Fostering Access, Rights and Equity partnerships will inform women about their labor rights and benefits. They will also help ensure that women workers share in the prosperity of the nation’s economic recovery.”

To apply for a grant, an organization must offer one or more of the following services:

  • Provide outreach to vulnerable, low-income and marginalized women workers.
  • Disseminate educational materials through varied platforms, including social media, in-person or virtual events, brochures and leaflets, one-on-one consultations and other outreach.
  • Assist women workers with navigating and calculating benefits and connecting and referring women workers to additional services, benefits and/or legal assistance.
  • Raise awareness of women’s rights to benefits and assistance in their own communities.

The application deadline is July 15. For more information or to apply, visit:


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