Community Based Job Training Grants

Technology and innovation, globalization, and the aging of America's workforce are continuously changing the nature of work and, indeed, the workplace.

Businesses in high-growth, high-demand industries face increasing difficulties in finding workers with the right skills.

As a result, community
colleges are important training providers for workers needing to develop, retool, refine, and broaden their skills in high-growth, high-demand occupations because of their close connection to local labor markets.

Community Based Job Training Grants strengthen the role of community colleges in promoting the U.S.

workforce's full potential.

Community Based Job Training Grants are awarded through a competitive process to support workforce training for high-growth industries through the national system of community and technical colleges.

The primary purpose of these grants is to build the capacity of community colleges to train workers to develop the skills required to succeed in: (i) local industries and occupations that are expected to experience high growth; and (ii) industries where demand for qualified workers is outstripping the supply.

These competitive grants build on the High Growth Job Training Initiative, a national model for demand-driven workforce development, implemented by strategic partnerships among the workforce investment system, employers, and community colleges.

All grantees engage in a combination of capacity-building and training activities.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Examples include: (1) A $2,465,656 grant to a community college to offer students training for new healthcare career opportunities in nursing, surgical technology, radiography, and clinical laboratory technology; (2) A $1,271,550 grant to a community college to expand entry-level and advanced certified training and procure new equipment and technology to train workers for automotive, diesel, collision repair, and truck driving occupations; (3) A $2,150,357 grant to a community college consortium to identify technical competencies for advanced manufacturing and alternative energy, prepare modules in response to employer-identified skill and competency gaps, and establish Centers of Expertise or technology training in support of target industries; (4) A $3,018,928 grant to a community college to design and implement a two-year curriculum to prepare out-of-school youth, Job Corps students, community college students, and incumbent workers as automotive manufacturing technicians; and (5) A $1,937,112 grant to a One-Stop Career Center and its two community college partners to develop a healthcare career ladder model that will produce new Registered Nurses, Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).

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

Program Accomplishments

In October 2005, DOL awarded $250 million in Community-Based Job Training Grants to 142 community colleges in 45 states. The Department of Labor will conduct a third competition for Community-Based Job Training Grants in late spring 2007. For more information on these grants, please visit the Department of Labor's Web site at BasedJobTrainingGrants.cfm.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funds must be used for both of the following activities: (1) increasing the capacity of community colleges to provide training in a local high-growth, high-demand industry through activities such as the development of training curricula with local industry, hiring qualified faculty, arranging on-the-job experiences with industry, and using up-to-date equipment; and (2) training new and experienced workers in identified high-growth, high-demand industries, with the aim of employing and/or increasing the retention and earnings of trained workers, while meeting the skill needs of businesses within targeted industries in the context of the regional economy.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants, under the second Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for Community-Based Job Training Grants, included (1) community colleges, as defined by 20 U.S.C.


20 U.S.C.

2371 states: The term community college (A) means an institution of higher education as defined in 20 U.S.C.

1001 that provides not less than a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit towards a bachelor's degree; and (B) includes tribally-controlled colleges and universities; (2) community college districts; (3) State community college systems; and (4) One-Stop Career Centers who meet specific criteria.

Under the exception to eligible applicants for rural and other educationally underserved areas with no access to community colleges, additional eligible applicants included: Publicly-funded Institutions of Higher Education, as defined in 20 U.S.C.

1001; and Alternate Educational Entities that are governmental or not-for-profit organizations that directly deliver, or broker for delivery, post secondary education opportunities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Generally, the scope of potential trainees under Community-Based Job Training Grants is very broad. WIA Section 171(d) authorizes demonstration programs to serve dislocated workers, incumbent workers, and new entrants to the workforce. This authorization supports a broad range of training for a variety of populations, including: incumbent workers who need new skills for jobs in demand up the career ladder or because the skill needs for their current job have changed; untapped labor pools such as immigrant workers, individuals with disabilities, veterans, older workers, youth, etc; or entry level workers who need basic skills and/or specific occupational skill training. The identification of targeted and qualified trainees should be part of the larger project planning process undertaken by the required partnership and should relate to the workforce issue that is being addressed by the training.


Grantees must demonstrate an adequate organization capacity, including a project management structure. Additionally, grantees must provide evidence of the use of data systems to track outcomes in a timely and accurate manner.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None except as specified in solicitations.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Grants for projects are awarded on a competitive basis, announced in Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGAs) in the Federal Register and also on ETA's Web site at To compete for a grant, organizations develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how the organization will provide services to a targeted population. The SGA provides all of the necessary information for applying for Federal assistance.

Award Procedures

Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel composed of staff from ETA program offices as well as peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications. 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. After awardees are notified, the list of awardees is posted on the ETA Web site at If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant as notification that they were not selected as a recipient of the grant.


Specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications, but generally 45 to 60 days from announcement.


Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title I, Subtitle D, Section 171 (d), Public Law 105-220.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


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


Renewals with 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

In the first two solicitations, there was not a match requirement. Information about match requirements for future competitions will be specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Most projects last two to three years. Payments to grantees are usually made by Letter of Credit draw-down procedures.

Post Assistance Requirements


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

Additional requirements are included in the Solicitation for Grant Applications.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised June 27, 2003) Audits of States, local governments, and nonprofit organizations, nonfederal entities that receive 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.


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



FY 07 $125,000,000; FY 08 est $125,000,000; and FY 09 est $125,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$500,000 to $2 Million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Provided in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

Division of Adult Services, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room S-4209, Washington, DC 20210. Contact: Maggie Ewell. Telephone: (202) 693-3160, E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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