Grant Opportunities: Research How to Improve Social Security; Job Skills for Youth

Social Security Administration’s Disability Determination Process Small Grant Program

This grant program awards stipends to graduate students to conduct research on ways to improve the disability determination process for the Social Security Administration’s two disability programs – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The application processes for SSI and SSDI are complex, and members of the public with health problems and economic hardships often find it difficult to navigate this process. This grant program hopes to improve the efficiency and reduce the complexity of disability determination processes by facilitating innovative research through stipends to a broad spectrum of graduate students and by allowing those students to access technical information on SSA disability program operations from disability experts. The application deadline is March 1, 2013. Learn more about the program here.

Department of Labor Announces Availability of $75 million through YouthBuild Grants Program to Help Young People Develop Job Skills

On January 17, 2013, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, announced the availability of approximately $75 million in YouthBuild grant funds to develop programs that will help out-of-school youths complete high school or General Educational Development programs, as well as learn critical occupational skills in construction, health care, information technology and other fields. To learn more about the grant opportunity, click here.