APPLY NOW: Join the National Cohort to Design and Launch a Lifelong Learning Account (LiLA) Pilot

Overview

Third Sector, a technical assistance nonprofit that advises government agencies on outcomes-based systems change, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is offering six months (February – August 2024) of pro bono technical assistance and training to local and state government agencies and their cross-sector partners – including employers and industry associations – interested in leveraging Lifelong Learning Accounts (LiLAs) to upskill or reskill their workforce. Participating teams in Third Sector’s national cohort will co-design a LiLA pilot and develop an implementation plan for that pilot program with the goal of launching in late 2024.

For the technical assistance, Third Sector will draw on our experience and expertise in supporting public sector partners to leverage data, policy, and funding to develop and implement innovative, outcomes-oriented programs and services while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which leads the Talent Finance initiative, will bring alternative expertise that helps advance public-private finance innovations. A cohort of 3-5 teams will engage in virtual workshops over approximately six months, starting in February 2024 and concluding in August, to co-design a LiLA pilot and develop an implementation plan for that pilot program with the goal of launching in late 2024.

Participating teams will also receive one-on-one coaching support from an advisory committee of subject matter experts to help them customize their LiLA pilots to local contexts and populations of focus. 

Cohort teams will:

  • Engage with other cross-sector teams from across the country that are committed to directly linking dollars to evidence of workforce success;
  • Benefit from individual coaching from subject matter experts in LiLA implementation;
  • Participate in virtual technical assistance workshops facilitated by Third Sector, a national leader in outcomes-focused government partnerships, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to design elements of the pilot program; 
  • Create a draft LiLA Implementation Plan; and
  • Receive resources for practical implementation.

During workshops, Third Sector will curate a combination of facilitated exercises to explore various design components of a LiLA pilot, including guest presentations from subject matter experts, workshop time for cohort teams, and opportunities for teams to compare notes and troubleshoot common challenges. We have found that cross-state cohorts provide momentum and support to leaders across jurisdictions because they are not as constrained by the “status quo” from their own state and are able to jointly identify creative ways to use federal, state, and private funds.

About LiLAs

Lifelong Learning Accounts (LiLAs) are a relatively new savings account for education and training services that enable individuals to obtain basic education, upskilling (deepen existing skills in a chosen field), and/or re-skilling (learn a new trade) in order to qualify for jobs that pay higher wages and help people move up the economic ladder. Funding contributed to LiLAs may enjoy special tax treatment and benefits. Unlike current employer-sponsored training programs that are conditional on employment, LiLAs are envisioned as universal, portable accounts. Since individuals own these accounts, they have a higher degree of flexibility and agency in how the funds are used while still benefiting from potential public and private contributions and/or match funding. 

LiLAs are one way to support working people’s agency and access to new education and training opportunities. Various pilot programs have been conducted in Washington state, Maine, New York City, Northeast Indiana, San Francisco, and abroad. 

Learn more about Third Sector’s past work with LiLAs here.

How to Apply and Key Dates

Details on how to apply for Third Sector’s Lifelong Learning Account National Cohort Technical Assistance Opportunity are provided below. The priority deadline for LiLA applications is Monday, October 23, 2023 and the official deadline is November 3, 2023 by 5:00p.m. EST. We expect this application should take no longer than four hours to complete.

Learn more about the application requirements and apply now!

Lifelong Learning Account National Cohort Technical Assistance Opportunity
October 23, 2023 Priority deadline. Use this application here (instructions for submissions are at the top of the document).
November 3, 2023 Official deadline. Use this application here (instructions for submissions are at the top of the document).
November 6, 2023 – November 16, 2023 Full review of applications and follow-up calls, if needed.
November 22, 2023 Announcement of technical assistance recipients
December 6, 2023, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET Virtual Kick-Off Convening (agenda and details to follow)
TBD, February 2024 Virtual Technical Assistance begins

* Webinar registration, key dates information, and any possible amendment to this information will be posted on this page.