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Labor-Management Grants Program

Promoting Labor-Management Cooperation through Funding Support

The FMCS Grants Office provides federal grants to support the establishment and operation of plant-level, area-wide, industry or sectoral joint labor-management committees confronting specific, definable problems for which they have developed clear, innovative, and measurable long-term solutions.

The FMCS grants program, which began in 1981 under the authority of the Labor-Management Cooperation Act of 1978 (PL 95-524), has funded projects designed to improve communications, strategic planning, recruitment, industry changes, and economic development by encouraging cooperative efforts among labor, management, and communities to jointly address issues such as health, safety, employee training, and the resolution of workplace disputes.

In accordance with the terms of the Labor-Management Cooperation Act of 1978, FMCS considers applications from plant, geographic or area-wide committees.  We especially encourage applications from area-wide, industry or sectoral joint labor-management committees focused on the 21st century economy and the challenges of a rapidly evolving workplace, such as:

  • job security and skills
  • working conditions for an increasingly mobile workforce
  • consensus solutions to workplace standards
  • organizational effectiveness
  • economic development and competitiveness for entire communities;
  • hiring and retaining the next generations of workers

Area or industry-wide applicants must include, among their participants, an employer and the collective bargaining representative of its employees.  As long as this threshold requirement is met, area or industry-wide committees may also include community organizations, state and local government entities and employers whose employees are not represented by a labor organization.

For reference information on how to apply for an FMCS Grant, click here