The U.S. Department of Labor has a $2.5 million grant available to fund a cooperative agreement to manage and operate the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a national technical assistance center that facilitates the employment and retention of workers with disabilities.

JAN is a free and confidential consulting service for employers that provides individualized worksite accommodation solutions and technical assistance to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related legislation. JAN also provides information about self-employment and small business ownership opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Employers need to understand how to provide specific, individualized accommodations to create a work environment that enables a qualified individual with a disability to participate in the job application process and perform the essential functions of a job, says DOL. JAN provides that expertise.

For more than 20 years, JAN has been employers' primary resource for accommodations expertise, analyzing situations that span the complete range of disabilities and job functions, and delivering effective solutions that benefit both employers and employees.

The full announcement for this grant opportunity, including eligibility requirements for applicants, can be found at Grants.gov or the DOL website. Applications will be accepted until July 18.