PROGRAM OF COMPETITIVE GRANTS FOR WORKER TRAINING AND PLACEMENT IN HIGH GROWTH AND EMERGING INDUSTRY

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is intended to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; assist those most impacted by the recession; provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; and invest
in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits.

The ARRA makes $750,000,000 available for a program of competitive grants for worker training and placement in high growth and emerging industry sectors.

Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact the nearest Employment and Training Administration regional office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Website Address

http://www.doleta.gov



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Competitive grants awarded through this program are to be used for worker training and placement in high-growth and emerging industry sectors: $500 million shall be for research, labor exchange and job training projects that prepare workers for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy; and $250 million shall be for worker training and placement projects with a priority to projects that prepare workers for careers in the health sector.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Anyone/general public: Business/Commerce

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public nonprofit institution/organization; Other public institution/organization; Small business; Profit organization; Private nonprofit institution/organization; Quasi-public nonprofit organization; Other private institution/organization

Credentials/Documentation

Grantees must demonstrate an adequate organizational capacity, both fiscally and programmatically. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) may contain requirements for mandatory strategic partnerships to be in place to qualify for a grant award.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Grants for projects are awarded on a competitive basis, announced in Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGAs) in the Federal Register, on Grants.gov, and also on ETA"s Internet Web site at http://www.doleta.gov. The SGA provides all of the necessary information for applying for Federal assistance.

Award Procedures

Procedures for each grant award are specified in the applicable request for proposals. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel composed of Department of Labor staff as well as other peer reviewers evaluates the grant applications from eligible applicants. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the application and the cumulative rating. Once selections are made by the Grant Officer, an Award Notification is sent through the appropriate congressional channels for notification. After awardees are notified, the list of awardees is posted on the ETA Web site at www.doleta.gov. If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant as notification that they were not selected as a grant recipient.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: P.L. 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

30 to 120 days.

Appeals

Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications.

Renewals

Renewals of funds are not available. However, with significant justification ETA may elect to exercise its option to award no-cost extensions to these grants for an additional period at its own discretion, based on the success of the program and other relevant factors.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Cost sharing or matching funds are not required as a condition for application unless specified in the SGA. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance will be from one to three years, as specified in the SGA. Payments to grantees are usually made by Letter of Credit draw-down procedures. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

At a minimum, quarterly progress and financial reports and final reports are required.

Additional requirements are included in the solicitation.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised June 27, 2003) Audits of states, local governments, and non-profit organizations, non-Federal entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $500,000 in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Recipients are required to maintain books, records, documents, and other evidence of accounting procedures and practices sufficient to reflect properly all direct and indirect costs of whatever nature claimed to have been incurred for the performance of the grant. Records are to be retained for three years from the date of final payment unless the grant officer authorizes earlier disposal.

Financial Information

Account Identification

16-0184-0-1-504 - TAFS: 16 9/0 0184.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $743,000,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Applicants should refer to individual SGAs to determine the range of awards.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Specified in applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the nearest Employment and Training Administration regional office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Tom Hooper Business Relations Group, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration, U. S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room N-4643, Washington 20210 Email: businessrelations@dol.gov Phone: (202) 693-3949

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for each proposal are specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications.



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