Incentive Grants WIA Section 503

To carry out innovative programs consistent with the purposes of Title I of WIA (Workforce Investment Systems), Title II of WIA (Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), 20 U.S.C.

9201 et seq.), the Carl D.

Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Amendments of 1998 (Public
Law 105-332, 20 U.S.C.

2301 et seq.) or a combination of two or more of these acts.

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.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

States have great flexibility in using these funds and are not limited to conducting only one type of innovative program.

However, the use of grant funds must be consistent with WIA Section 503, including the requirement that they be used for innovative programs which further the purposes of WIA Titles I and II and/or the Perkins Act.

In addition, grantees must comply with the requirements of whichever program the innovation affects.

For example, if the incentive funds will be used for innovations in the delivery of youth activities under WIA Title I, the program must be consistent with WIA Title I provisions applicable to youth activities and the WIA regulations at 20 CFR part 664.

States must submit a plan describing the innovative activities to be funded with this grant.

States are expected to use funds for services and activities: (1) beyond those provided with regular funds from the three programs, particularly those authorized by one of these programs and another program; (2) which serve the needs of populations intended to be served by one or more of these programs; and (3) targeted to improving the performance of State systems of employment, training, and education.

In addition, States are encouraged to plan activities that promote cooperation and collaboration among the agencies administering WIA Title I, AEFLA, and Perkins Act programs.

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