Grants update: More than $4.7 million in grants distributed

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has distributed more than $4.7 million in grants to upgrade equipment and provide wrap-around services for registered apprenticeship programs.

The latest grant recipients include:

Organization Location Total grant
Operating Engineers JATC Ellensburg $133,967
Puget Sound Boilermakers Seattle $9,016
Greater Western WA Pipe Trades Lacey $117,592
NW Maritime Bellingham $16,027
WA State UBC JATC (Carpenters) Kent $782,875
Construction Industry Training Council (plumber) Bellevue $93,967
Construction Industry Training Council (electrician) Bellevue $555,750
Western WA Sheet Metal JATC Everett $304,833

About the grants

The deadline for grant applications from registered apprenticeship programs and non-profit organizations supporting apprentices is Dec. 31. Under terms of the state grant, the money must be spent by June 30, 2023. Funding is based on the size of the applying organization.

Organizations can file a single application for multiple grants. Programs should allow a minimum of 30 days for application review.

Potential applicants can email questions or call 360-902-5320. Check out the information in this list of frequently asked questions.

A total of $8 million in grants is available covering the following areas:

  • Technology and Remote Learning: $2.37 million.
  • Upgrading Equipment: $3.8 million.
  • Driver Education Course Voucher for Minors (16-17 years old): $12,000.
  • Wrap-Around Support Services: $1.9 million.

Updated: Nov. 15, 2022

L&I awards more than $1.8 million in first round of grants to support apprenticeships

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently began issuing the grants to apprenticeship programs and non-profit organizations that support them. The funds expand access and improve apprenticeship experiences across the state.

It’s the first round of more than $8 million in grants available through the end of this fiscal year. In total, it’s among the largest amounts L&I has distributed for registered apprenticeships.

The grants cover several areas including technology and remote learning, upgrading equipment, and driver-education course vouchers for minors.

“These funds will improve apprenticeship technology, and ensure apprentices have access to the support they need to be successful,” said Celeste Monahan, assistant director of Fraud Prevention and Labor Standards. “We’re very excited for these organizations and look forward to others participating.”

The first-round of recipients include programs from across the state that train more than 3,600 apprentices. They are:

  • NW Laborers, Kingston, $699,000.
  • NW Electrical Industry JATC, Mount Vernon, $301,083.
  • NW Ironworkers, Tukwila, $300,210.
  • Seattle Pipe Trades, Seattle, $145,665.
  • Ironworkers Local 14 JATC, Spokane, $113,967.
  • Inland Empire Electrical, Spokane, $76,201.
  • Seattle Area Roofers, Kent, $75,325.
  • SW Washington Electrical JATC, Tacoma, $57,826.
  • Washington Construction Teamsters, Pasco, $18,527.
  • Community Health Association of Spokane, Spokane, $17,777.
  • Tradesmen Electric, Battle Ground, $17,527.
  • Frontier Electrical Apprenticeship, Vancouver, $10,016.
  • Cares of Washington, Seattle, $8,750.
  • Computing for All, Bellevue, $3,750.

Grant details

While the grant application period is open through Dec. 31, the deadline to spend the current round of money is June 30, 2023. State registered apprenticeship programs and non-profit organizations that support apprentices should apply as soon as possible.

It’s easy to apply: Organizations can file a single application form. L&I estimates each application takes a minimum of 30 days for review.

There’s information on the grants, and updates on funding on L&I’s website. Potential applicants can also email questions or call 360-902-5320.

About apprenticeship

There are about 200 registered apprenticeship programs in the state. More than 22,000 people participate in the programs, which cover some 220 different occupations.

The latest round of grant-making builds on L&I’s $15 million grant last year to the Machinists Institute and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, representing engineers at The Boeing Company and other technical workers.

Updated: September 19, 2022


Apply now: $8 million in grants available for apprenticeship programs

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is urging apprenticeship programs across the state to apply as soon as possible to receive their share of $8 million in grant funding.

The reason? While the application period is open through Dec. 31, the deadline for applicants to spend the money is June 30, 2023.

Grant opportunities include:

  • Technology and Remote Learning: $2.37 million.
  • Upgrading Equipment: $3.8 million.
  • Driver Education Course Voucher for Minors (16-17 years old): $12,000.
  • Wrap-Around Support Services: $1.9 million.

Questions? Check out the information in this list of frequently asked questions. After that, please email Apprenticegrants@Lni.wa.gov, or call 360-902-5320.

How to apply

  • Programs must be a registered apprenticeship;
  • Be in compliance with the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council; and,
  • Have the administrative capacity to manage fiscal and compliance reporting requirements.

Applications for technology and remote learning, and upgrading equipment grants will also require a sustainability plan for items purchased.

Besides registered apprenticeships, nonprofit organizations that support apprentices and programs may also apply.

You can file a single application for multiple grants.

Programs should allow a minimum of 30 days for review of the application.

Updated: August 24, 2022


More than $8 million in grant and project funds are now available, from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). This page details the funding opportunities, intent of the grants, and next steps.

On June 30, 2022, L&I posted a single application for multiple grants.

The funding opportunities include:

  • Technology and Remote Learning: $2.37 million.
  • Upgrading Equipment: $3.8 million.
  • Driver Education Course Voucher for Minors: $12,000.
  • Wrap-Around Support Services: $1.9 million

Applications will be accepted through the end of 2022. There is a June 30, 2023, deadline for applicants to spend any funding they receive.

The intent of these funds is to expand capacity for state-registered apprenticeship programs, provide equipment upgrades, and ensure apprentices have access to a broad suite of student support services.

Collectively, these funds make up one of the largest amounts L&I has ever distributed for registered apprenticeship. We hope interested and eligible programs will apply to take advantage of these opportunities.

If you have any questions, please email L&I’s Apprenticeship Program at ApprenticeGrants@Lni.wa.gov or call 360-902-5320.