Green Jobs Innovation Fund Grants

The Green Jobs Innovation Fund is part of the Department s vision for ensuring that workers have the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities to succeed in a knowledge-based economy that includes high growth and emerging green industries.

Green industries include the energy efficiency and renewable
energy industries as well as sectors that impact our environment such as transportation, green construction, environmental protection, sustainable agriculture, forestry, and recycling and waste reduction.

The Green Jobs Innovation Fund will allow ETA to build upon the lessons learned from the green job investments provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Through competitive grant opportunities, the Fund will help workers receive job training in green industry sectors and occupations and access green career pathways.
Grants for this Program

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.

See Regional Agency Offices.

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

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funds must be used to train workers for careers in green industry sectors and occupations and help them access green career pathways.

Specific rules and requirements are published in each Solicitation for Grant Application.

Approximately one hundred percent of available funds are used for discretionary activities.

Grant opportunities are published in the Federal Register.

See Applicant Eligibility Requirements.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

See above.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The scope of potential trainees is very broad. Specific requirements are published in each Solicitation for Grant Application. WIA Section 171 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; labor pools such as immigrant workers, individuals with disabilities, veterans, older workers, etc; or entry level workers who need basic skills and/or specific occupational skill training.


Grantees must demonstrate an adequate organizational capacity, both fiscally and programmatically, 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. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. 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 Internet 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 request for proposals. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel composed of federal staff and peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each application and the cumulative rating. Selections are made based on the best rated proposals, as well as other factors as cited in the SGA. 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 website 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.


Not Applicable.


Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title 1, Section 171, Public Law 105-220, 1 U.S.C 171.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. ETA announces grant recipients once the paneling process is complete, generally 90 to 120 days after the application deadline.


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


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

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Most projects last 1 to 3 years. Payments to grantees are usually made by Letter of Credit draw-down procedures. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Quarterly progress reports are required within 45 days following the end of the quarter.

Quarterly financial reports are required within 45 days following the end of the quarter.

Final progress reports are required no later than 90 days after all grant funds have been expended, or the period of grant funds availability has expired.

Regional Federal Project Officers conduct monitoring using risk assessments, desk monitoring, and on-site reviews.


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.


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 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



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $23,000,000; FY 11 est $65,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grants typically range from $500,000 to $2 million per award.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Provided in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

Jennifer W. Troke, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, N-4643, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Phone: (202) 693-3949 Fax: (202) 693-3890.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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