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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
to Promote Gainful Employment for At-Risk Youth

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U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) - Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

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08/06/19 4:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, schools, and tribes to provide pre-apprenticeship services in support of occupational skills training, education, and employment services for at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24. Required registrations can take up to four weeks. Participating youth will perform meaningful work and services to their communities.

In addition to construction skills training, YouthBuild applicants may include occupational skills training in other in-demand industries. This expansion into additional in-demand industries is the Construction Plus component, a priority in this grant competition.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, DOL hopes to serve approximately 5,250 participants during the grant period of performance, with approximately 70 projects awarded across the country.

Pre-apprenticeship means a program designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in an apprenticeship program registered under the Act of August 16, 1937 (commonly known as the “National Apprenticeship Act”; 50 Stat.664, chapter 663; 29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.)(referred to in this part as a “registered apprenticeship” or “registered
apprenticeship program”) and includes the following elements:
1) Training and curriculum that aligns with the skill needs of employers in the economy of the State or region involved;
2) Access to educational and career counseling and other supportive services, directly or indirectly;
3) Hands-on, meaningful learning activities that are connected to education and training activities, such as exploring career options, and understanding how the skills acquired through coursework can be applied toward a future career;
4) Opportunities to attain at least one industry-recognized credential; and
5) A partnership with one or more registered apprenticeship programs that assists in placing individuals who complete the pre-apprenticeship program in a registered apprenticeship program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 128055

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 70 projects will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grants will range from $700,000 to $1.5 million.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is forty (40) months with an anticipated start date of November 1, 2019. This performance period includes all necessary implementation and start-up activities. This includes:
- A planning period of up to four months to complete the planning milestones below;
- Two years of active program services (education, occupational skills training, and youth leadership development activities) for one or more cohorts of youth; and
- An additional twelve months of follow-up support services and tracking of participant outcomes for each cohort of youth.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for these grants are private non-profit or public agencies. These organizations include rural, urban, or Native American agencies that have previously served disadvantaged youth in a YouthBuild or other similar program. These agencies or organizations may include, but are not limited to:
- Community and faith-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit status;
- An entity carrying out activities under WIOA, such as a local workforce development board or one-stop center partner program;
- Educational institutions, including a local school board, public school district, or community college;
- A community action agency;
- A State or local housing development agency;
- Any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under Section 166 of WIOA, including Federally and other than Federally-Recognized Tribes, Native American non-profit organizations, and Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native organizations;
- A community development corporation;
- A State or local youth service conservation corps; and
- Any other public or private non-profit entity that is eligible to provide education or employment training under a Federal program and can meet the required elements of the grant.

Grantees who received funding from the FY 2018 YouthBuild competition [FOA-ETA-18-04] are funded through May 31, 2022, and these grantees (based on their unique Employer Identification Numbers) are not eligible to participate in this competition. Additionally, only one grant will be awarded to an individual organization. An individual organization must have a unique Employer Identification Number and its program services shall not be administered at the same location as any other YouthBuild grantee.

Among eligible applicants listed above, the applicant agency or organization must also maintain a local presence in any identified target communities to be served.

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Pre-Application Information:

The closing date for receipt of applications under this Announcement is August 6, 2019, no later than 4:00:00 PM Eastern Time. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application before the closing date to ensure that the risk of late receipt of the application is minimized.

Registering with may take as much as four weeks to complete, and this time should be factored into plans for timely electronic submission in order to avoid unexpected delays that could result in the rejection of an application.

All applicants must have a DUNS Number and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application.

This program requires cost sharing or matching funds. Such funds may be in the form of cash or in-kind contributions and equal to 25 percent of the total Federal share of costs. Any resources contributed to the project in addition to cost sharing or matching funds will be considered leveraged resources.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Stephanie Pena, Grants Management Specialist
(202) 693-3153

Address mailed applications to:

The U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration, Office of Grants Management
Attention: Brinda Ruggles, Grant Officer
Reference FOA-ETA-19-04
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N4716
Washington, DC 20210

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