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National Health Emergency (NHE) Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grants

Grants to USA Agencies to Strengthen the
Workforce in Areas Impacted by Opioid Use

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US Department of Labor - Employment and Training Administration

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07/31/18 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA state governments, tribal governments, and outlying areas to support and retrain workers residing in communities impacted by the economic and health effects of opioid use, overdose, and addiction. Funding will support career services, workforce training, and support services.

Successful applications will address the complexity of this crisis by demonstrating strong partnerships with both the workforce system and relevant community organizations working with individuals directly impacted by opioid addiction. The funding is intended to assist applicants to creatively align and deliver career, training, and supportive services to best serve the affected individuals in the service area.

Goals of the NHE Grants:

These NHE demonstration grants will be awarded to eligible applicants that propose innovative approaches for addressing the economic and workforce-related impacts on communities affected by the opioid epidemic. Recognizing the complexity of the crisis, partnerships between the workforce system and other agencies will be central to these projects.

The goals of these grants are to:
-Test innovative approaches to address the economic and workforce-related impacts of the opioid epidemic;
-Provide training and support activities to dislocated workers (including displaced homemakers), new entrants in the workforce, and incumbent workers, including individuals in these populations who are or have been impacted by the opioid crisis; and,
-To provide training that builds the skilled workforce in professions that could impact the causes and treatment of the opioid crisis, including addition and substance-abuse treatment, mental health, and pain management.

Eligible Participants:

NHE grants may serve one or both of the following populations of workers:
-Workers directly or indirectly affected by the opioid crisis:
-Workers seeking to enter professions that could help in addressing the opioid crisis and its causes

Allowable Activities:

ETA recognizes that the workforce-related impacts of the opioid crisis may raise new challenges for workforce development agencies, and NHE grants are intended to allow states and local workforce areas to creatively align and delivery career, training, and supportive services to best serve the affected individuals. ETA encourages applicants to co-enroll grant participants in WIOA formula programs, where appropriate, to maximize the impact of these grant funds and ensure delivery of the full range of necessary services.

NHE grants should provide services aligned with and designed to support the goals of the region’s economic development strategy, as well as the applicable WIOA Strategic Plan(s) for the area(s). Applicants should consider providing those services that will best ensure participants have the skills and competencies necessary to compete for jobs in emerging or targeted industry sectors.

The types of activities and services that may be provided are listed below:

Career Services - Career services provide dislocated workers with a range of services, training, and job placement assistance they need to fill jobs in identified emerging or other high demand sectors. Allowable career services are described in details in TEGL No. 19-16.

Examples of allowable career services include:
-Soft skills such as a punctuality, personal maintenance skills, and professional conduct;
-In-depth interviewing and evaluation to identify employment barriers and development of individual employment plans; and,
-Career planning (that includes a career pathway approach), job coaching, and job matching services.

Training and Work-Based Training Models - Some of these allowable training and work-based training approaches include:
-Traditional classroom training funding through Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) including apprenticeship programs on the state’s Eligible Training Provider List; or,
-Connecting businesses and workers to on-the-job or customized training programs and apprenticeships before or after layoff to help facilitate reemployment.

Training and work-based training strategies included in an application should follow WIOA requirements as described in TEGL No. 19-16.

Supportive Services - Grant recipients’ partner organizations may deliver the majority of supportive services provided to participants, particularly those services related to health and related services. However, as individuals are determined ready to participate in workforce development services as part of the overall service strategy laid out in the grant application, the NHE grant may provide necessary supportive services as described in TEGL No. 19-16. These services may include, but are not limited to:

-Health, mental health, addiction, or other forms of outpatient treatment that may impact opioid addition and related, underlying or complicating conditions;
-Drug testing for current use of illegal drugs prior to enrollment in career or training services or prior employment;
-Linkages to community services, including services offered by partner organizations, designed to support grant participants;
-Referrals to health care, including referrals to drug treatment and mental health services; and,
-Payments and fees for employment and training-related applications, tests, and certifications.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183686

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Number of Grants:

ETA anticipates awarding grants to 7 to 10 demonstration projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

ETA anticipates funding amounts between $500,000 and $5 million to each project. No award will exceed $5 million.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for NHE grants are the same as those eligible for Disaster Recovery DWGs, under 20 CFR 687.120:
-State workforce agencies;
-Outlying areas; and,
-Indian tribal governments as defined by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122(6)).

NHE grants may not be used to pay the costs of in-patient drug treatment and rehabilitation programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Awards will be made to applications meeting the requirements on a rolling basis as long as funds remain available. However, the final date for accepting applications is 11:59 PM EDT on July 31, 2018. Pending funding availability, ETA plans to award these grants on or before September 30, 2018.

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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.

Diane Easterling, Grants Management Specialist

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming