Expanding and Scaling Registered Apprenticeship: $75 Million in Apprenticeship Innovation Funding Now Available

Vanessa Soto
Innovative Apprenticeship Outreach and Education Analyst

Scaling and growing registered apprenticeship programs in California is an essential investment in the future workforce: Fostering social mobility and driving sustainable workforce development. California is unlocking the full potential of registered apprenticeship programs in new sectors such as healthcare, transportation, education, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and more by supporting the expansion and scaling of these programs with funding. The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) announced the second round of Apprenticeship Innovation Funding (AIF) is now open and accepting applications. AIF makes available $75 million for FY 2023 – 2024.

AIF is not a competitive grant and will provide formula funding to as many eligible registered apprenticeship programs as possible. The funding is available to new and existing, and as such, programs may plan to apply for reimbursement annually for as long as available funding remains. DAS invites Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships (IACA) occupation associated apprenticeship programs to submit their AIF applications to continue shaping a diverse and dynamic workforce for the 21st century.

Take the Next Steps:
If you missed the AIF Information Webinar, the full recording is now available by visiting the following page: Apprenticeship Innovation Funding Information Session

Specific funding questions may also be sent via email to

For more information about the AIF Funding, please visit the DAS AIF web page.

Key Dates:

  • Mar 28, 2024 at 11am - AIF Office Hours - Register here
  • April 8, 2024 at 2pm - AIF Office Hours - Register here
  • April 17, 2024 at 12pm PST – Deadline for Applications

March 2024