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What is The Workforce Innovation Fund?

The Workforce Innovation Fund ("the Fund") is one of several new Federal grant programs in which grantor agencies support projects that seek to design evidence-based program strategies.

The Fund supports innovation at the systems and service delivery levels. We believe that innovation at the systems level – where policies, organizational structures, planning processes, performance measurement, procurement, investment priorities, and information management systems reside – is necessary to support service delivery strategies that result in better outcomes and lower costs. In support of this goal, the Administration is seeking new ways to remove administrative, statutory, and regulatory barriers and enable a closer alignment and integration of agencies and programs with overlapping missions and clients.

ETA has announced two separate grant solicitations under the Workforce Innovation Fund:

  1. The Workforce Innovation Fund Solicitation
  2. The Pay for Success Solicitation

Hear what our leaders have to say about the Innovation Fund!


  • March 24, 2014
  • Eye on the Workforce Innovation Fund: Innovating for Change

  • September 23, 2013
  • Pay for Success grants awarded: nearly $24 million dollars awarded to New York and Massachusetts to improve employment outcomes for formerly incarcerated individuals.

  • April 4, 2013
  • New Workforce Innovation Fund Portal Connects Workforce Community with Innovations and Best Practices Implemented and Evaluated through WIF Grants.

  • November 26, 2012
  • Pay for Success SGA Amendment One: Deadline Extended to January 4th, 2013!