G2U Talent Connection Grants

The public sector workforce is in crisis. A growing number of government workers are retiring. Applications to government job openings are dropping. The next generation's career expectations are changing, and new types of skills are needed to address complex public problems. The public sector must find ways to attract and retain top talent, now. 

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Spring 2022 Call for Proposals

The G2U Initiative is calling for proposals to launch or expand innovative projects and partnerships that tangibly strengthen talent connection into government. The strongest submissions will leverage existing networks or resources and generate generalizable lessons. Promising projects might:

  • Address urgent government hiring needs;
  • Pilot innovative marketing strategies that reframe the public service value proposition;
  • Focus on attracting and retaining diverse talent;
  • Expand public sector internship and apprenticeship programs; or
  • Leverage emerging technologies to facilitate connection between jobseekers and government jobs.

Awards will be capped at $50,000. The pool of available funds will be up to $250,000.

Applications will open on April 1 and must be submitted by May 1 at 11:59 pm EDT. We aim to announce decisions by June 1

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Applicants should download and complete this short application form and submit it via email to G2U@volckeralliance.org. Questions may also be submitted via G2U@volckeralliance.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this funding opportunity intended to support?

We are looking to test innovative ways to strengthen the connection between diverse, talented job seekers and government employment.


What level of government should these projects focus on?

Federal, state, local, or across multiple levels. If your proposal strengthens the talent pipeline into government and helps build G-U connection, we want to hear about it.


Can we use these funds to support ongoing projects or are the funds intended to support brand new ideas?

Either or both. This is a great opportunity to support public sector talent connection activities already underway or to launch new projects or collaborations.


Who is eligible to apply for this grant opportunity?

This Call for Proposals is extended to organizations working to strengthen the talent pipeline into government. Government entities, 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, and public and nonprofit colleges and universities are welcome to apply.


Who should be considered the primary grantee?

Each proposal must designate one primary grantee to receive funds, but the primary grantee may propose to partner with other organizations or entities to complete the project.  Government entities, 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, and public and nonprofit colleges and universities are eligible to be the primary grantee.


Is there a cap on the size of grant requests?

Grant awards will be capped at $50,000. We anticipate an award pool of up to $250,000.


Are there any limits on overhead costs?

The Volcker Alliance caps overhead costs at a maximum of 10% of awarded funds.


How many proposals can I submit?

There is no limit on how many proposed projects you may submit, but each project idea will require its own proposal.


What is the timeline for the grant competition?

Applications will be accepted beginning on April 1, 2022 and must be submitted by 11:59 pm EDT on May 1. We hope to announce recipients by June 1, 2022.


How should I submit my proposal?

Please submit your proposal via email to G2U@volckeralliance.org. You may also submit questions via email to G2U@volckeralliance.org.


What is the timeline for launching and completing projects?

We hope to announce recipients by June 1, 2022, and distribute funds shortly thereafter. There is no formal deadline by which projects must be completed, but we envision successful projects will show impact in one year.


Who will be reviewing applications?

G2U applications will be reviewed and selected by the Volcker Alliance team.