Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth

To test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth.

The Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, as well as the Corporation for National and Community
Service and the Institute of Museum and Library Services enter into Performance Partnership agreements with States, localities, or tribal governments.

These agreements enable these entities to blend funding they already receive from Federal discretionary programs focused on serving disconnected youth or are designed to prevent youth from disconnecting from school or work, and that provide education, training, employment, and other related services.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to build capacity to implement Performance Partnerships, including such activities as planning, governance, data collection and analysis, coordination and evaluation.

Federal participants may waive statutory, regulatory, or administrative requirements associated with the individual programs contributing funds to the pilots as long as the waivers are in keeping with important safeguards.

Specifically, waivers must be consistent with the statutory purposed of the respective Federal programs and necessary to achieve the pilot"s outcomes.

Federal participants may not waive requirements related to nondiscrimination, wage and labor standards, and allocation of funds to State and sub-State levels.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are States, DC, PR, and the Virgin Islands as well as the trust territories, Indian tribes and local governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals between the ages of 14-24 who are low-income and are homeless; in foster care; involved in the juvenile justice system; unemployed; or not enrolled in or are at risk of dropping out of an educational institution.


Contact the program office for this information. 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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Specific application procedures are included in the application package.

Award Procedures

A panel of peer reviewers review and evaluate each application on the basis of selection criteria published in the Federal Register. Awards are made from a rank order list of highly scored applications based on quality according to the selection criteria and other information deemed appropriate.


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


Executive Order Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Part Division H, Section Section 526, Public Law 113-76.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

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

Award period will be included in the award documents. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Specific report requirements will be included in the grant documents.

Specific report requirements will be included in the grant documents.

Specific report requirements will be included in the grant documents.

Specific report requirements will be included in the grant documents.

Specific report requirements will be included in the grant documents.


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.


As required by EDGAR for direct grant program (34 CFR 75.730-732), the grantee must keep records of funds received under the grant, total cost of the project, and other records to facilitate an effective audit. Additionally, the grantee must keep records of compliance with program requirements, significant project experiences and results, accomplishment of project objectives and, as necessary, revisions to project objectives. EDGAR (34 CFR 80.42) also requires that all records be retained from the starting date of the grant to 3 years from the date the grantee submits its final reports.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $7,550,000; and FY 15 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range of awards is $500,000-$850,000; the average award is $675,000 (estimates).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program requirements are included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, (P.L. 113-76) Division H, Section 526. Additional requirements are included in the application notice and grant award documents. Contact the program office for additional information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Annie Blackledge Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
550 12th Street, SW
Room 11-089, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: 202-245-7819

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria are included in the application package. Contact the program office for more information.

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