DeLuca encourages applications for grant program that connects veterans with job opportunities

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is encouraging eligible workforce development entities in Allegheny County to apply for grants from the Veterans Employment Program, which has $800,000 in funding available to support initiatives that connect Pennsylvania veterans with employment opportunities.

“Our veterans served our nation with unwavering commitment and courage, but often times they can face obstacles to employment when they return to civilian life,” DeLuca said. “A grant from the program can help local workforce development boards and other organizations develop solutions that break down those barriers and improve employment outcomes for veterans. I’m proud to support a program that recognizes our veterans are highly skilled and vital to our state’s workforce.”

DeLuca said the $800,000 in PA Industry Partnership Heroes Path funds and reemployment funds will allow the Department of Labor and Industry to support four workforce development projects. The successful applicants will use this funding as a tool to address barriers to employment that veterans often face while they transition back to civilian life.

Additional details and the grant applications can be found here. The deadline to apply is Dec. 30.

Eligible applicants include local workforce development boards, nonprofit and non-governmental entities, community-based organizations, education and post-secondary organizations, labor organizations, business associations and economic development entities.