Grants to New York local workforce development boards (LWDBs), nonprofits and businesses to provide training to unemployed dislocated workers who are members of special populations. July 19 is the deadline to submit questions. Funds will be awarded to provide job skills training to individuals with barriers to employment to help them qualify for full or part time work.
Priority will be given to services that align with significant statewide initiatives as established by Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs).
Through the issuance of the CFA-SPT RFP New York State (NYS) continues the work toward its 2019 vision of a unified workforce development system that is regionally coordinated and programmatically seamless, delivering workforce training, business services, and statewide job linkages to all New Yorkers.
To accomplish this, it has set the following as a few of its service delivery strategies:
- Identify and develop training programs that best align with the needs of business and bridge skill gaps of existing job seekers and low-skilled workers;
- Prioritize program funding and financial incentives to serve New Yorkers who are basic skills deficient and/or face barriers to employment, including those who need a high school education for employment, training, or postsecondary transition;
- Improve workforce partner outreach to business(es) regarding hiring individuals with disabilities and adults who obtained their HSE diploma or other such credentials in order to meet their workforce needs; and
- Promote program accessibility as a guiding principle system-wide, leverage the experience and ability of programs with a proven record of serving individuals with barriers to employment, and provide financial support of such efforts across the system.
Submitted proposals must directly connect to one or more of the stated NYS strategies for service delivery.
Special populations include:
- Displaced homemakers
- Low-income individuals
- Native Americans
- Individuals with disabilities (including youth with disabilities and recovering drug addicts)
- Older individuals
- Individuals currently and formerly involved in justices system
- Homeless individuals or homeless youth
- Youth who are in or have aged out of the foster care system
- Individuals who are English language learners
- Individuals who have low levels of literacy
- Individuals facing substantial cultural barriers
- Migrant and seasonal farm workers
- Single parents (including single pregnant women)
In addition, this CFA-SPT funding opportunity recognizes long-term unemployed workers (defined as individuals who, at the time the Special Populations training starts, have been unemployed for 20 weeks or more), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, and veterans as individuals with barriers to employment.
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants for the CFA-SPT funding include Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) and for-profit and nonprofit training providers which:
- Have two or more employees or the equivalent of two full-time employees. Principals of corporations, owners of businesses such as sole proprietors or partners are not considered to be employees for this eligibility requirement.
If the applicant has no employees or if the workers are independent contractors, subcontractors or contract employees, they are not eligible. However, if an applicant leases its employees for payroll and tax reporting purposes, and has authority over the hiring, firing and scheduling of workers, they would be eligible for funding consideration.
- Are in good standing regarding: Unemployment Insurance, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Public Work, Labor Standards, Safety and Health, NYS Department of State Division of Corporations, Workers Compensation Insurance, and Disability Insurance.
- Have partnerships with businesses that commit to interview and consider trainees for employment. The number of trainees cannot exceed the number of potential job openings.
- Agree to serve at least 80% of trainees from one or more special populations.
Consultants, trade organizations and other third party entities are not eligible to apply for CFA-SPT Program funds on behalf of other organizations.
Applicants may submit questions via electronic mail to CFA@labor.ny.gov. Questions regarding the RFP will be accepted until 4:00 PM on July 19, 2016. No telephone inquiries will be accepted. All inquiries should include the following reference in the Subject line: “CFA-EET Question”.
Applicants must draft each of their Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) funding requests as stand-alone occupational skills training. The proposal must not be based in whole or in part on the assumption they will receive complementary funding from other CFA programs/agencies. The number of existing employees to be trained should be calculated based on the funding request being made of NYSDOL.
All applicants are required to register in this system. All entities must log-in to the Grants Gateway website at https://grantsgateway.ny.gov and follow the instructions to complete the registration. The registration form must be signed, notarized and mailed to Gateway Administrators. Plan accordingly to avoid potential delays in applying for upcoming grant opportunities.
For-profit organizations must register in the Grants Gateway system prior to entering into a contract with NYS.
Nonprofit organizations must take the additional step of prequalifying by completing a basic profile and storing organizational documents. Both registration and prequalification must be completed by nonprofit organizations before the proposal is submitted. Failure to do so will mean that their proposals will not be reviewed.
Nonprofit organizations will be able to submit their responses online, and, once reviewed and approved by a state agency prequalification specialist, the nonprofit organization will be able to apply for grants, and all information will be stored in a virtual, secured vault. Nonprofit organizations will only have to prequalify once every three years, with responsibility to keep their information current throughout the three-year period.