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    The web site where discretionary DOL grant applications are submitted, and which lists Federal grant opportunities from other Departments/Agencies.
 

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NEW APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR NATIONAL DISLOCATED WORKER GRANTS

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    On July 1, 2019, the Employment and Training Administration is phasing out the National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) Application System (e-System). All new DWG applications must be submitted through Grants.gov. Applications in e-System draft status as of July 1, 2019 may be submitted in the e-System after the July 1 deadline.

    DWSGs AWARDED THROUGH THE E-SYSTEM

    • DWGs that had initial applications submitted through the e-System will continue to be managed through the system.
    • Modification submissions for grants whose initial application came through the

    e-System must also be submitted through the e-System. This includes modification requests seeking incremental or supplemental funding. This modification process continues after the July 1, 2019 termination of the e-System application process, until the grant expires.

    • The e-System Quarterly Performance Report (QPR), form ETA-9104, will expire September 30, 2019. This is the last day a report may be submitted for the quarter ending June 30, 2019. Performance reports for the quarter ending September 30, 2019 must be submitted in accordance with Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 14-18, Aligning Performance Accountability Reporting, Definitions, and Policies across Workforce Employment and Training Programs Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The requirements for DWGs are specifically outlined in Attachment 6 of TEGL 14-18.
    • Technical assistance for the e-system may be obtained by contacting Jeanette Provost at provost.jeanette@dol.gov.

    OVERVIEW OF THE GRANTS.GOV PROCESS FOR DWG FUNDING REQUESTS AFTER JULY 1, 2019

    Grants.gov Application Submission

    1. Beginning the Application Process
      Applicants log on to Grants.gov and proceed to the posting for DWG applicants: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=317673.
      The posting contains:
      • a synopsis of the funding available through the DWG program;
      • a link to TEGL 2-15, Operational Guidance for Dislocated Worker Grants, the guidance under which DWG applicants apply for funding;
      • instructions on how to apply for DWG funding; and,
      • suggested application forms. The suggested forms for each type of DWG funding request is found in Table 1 below.
    2. Applicant Completes a Draft Application Package
      The applicant e-mails a completed draft application package containing the suggested forms provided in Grants.gov to the appropriate ETA regional office email account, copying their Federal Project Officer, if known.
    3. FPO Reviews the Draft Application Package
      After reviewing the application, the FPO: 1.) returns the package to the applicant for required revisions; or, 2.) emails to the FPO their concurrence with the submission of the draft DWG application.
    4. Applicant Submits Application Package via Grants.gov
      After receiving FPO concurrence on the draft application package, the applicant formally submits the application package via Grants.gov.
    5. National Office Receives and Reviews the Application
      The National Office will assess the application against the requirements of TEGL 2-15. The assigned grant specialist will work through the assigned FPO to address questions and concerns regarding the application. The grant specialist will email any required revisions to the FPO using the DWG mailbox (DOL-ETA-DWG@dol.gov).
    6. Funding Decision
      A funding determination will be made within 45 days of receiving a complete application, with the execution of approved funding occurring by day 55.
    7. Questions Regarding Grants.gov Process?
      Questions, concerns, and suggestions regarding the new DWG procedures may be emailed to DOL-ETA-DWG@dol.gov, with a cc to Lynn Fraga.

    Modification Requests for DWGs Submitted Through Grants.gov

    Grantees submitting modification requests for DWGs awarded under the Grants.gov submission process must follow the procedures below:

    1. Suggested Modification Forms
      DWG grantees may access the suggested modification forms for each modification type on the How to Apply page (include link). The suggested forms for each type of DWG modification request are found in Table 2 below.
    2. Submittal of Modification Request
      Grantees complete the suggested modification forms for the applicable modification type. The package must also include a cover letter requesting the modification. This letter must be printed on organizational letterhead and signed by the Authorized Representative. The forms and cover letter must be emailed to the assigned FPO in the applicable regional office.
    3. Process for Revision Requests
      If revisions are required prior to the modification execution, the grants management specialist in the National Office will email the request to the FPO using the DWG mailbox. (DOL-ETA-DWG@dol.gov). The FPO may take the opportunity to discuss questions and concerns regarding the revision request with the grants management specialist, after which the FPO forwards the revision request to the grantee. Grantees respond to revision requests by emailing the FPO, who then forwards the correspondence to the DWG mailbox.
    4. Modification Approval
      Modifications are generally processed in 30 business days from the receipt of an approvable and complete modification.

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    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • July 1, 2019: The e-System will no longer accept new DWG applications. Funding requests must be submitted through Grants.gov.
    • September 30, 2019: The Quarterly Performance Report (QPR), form ETA-9104 in the e-System, expires. This is the last day a report may be submitted for the quarter ending June 30, 2019. Performance reports for the quarter ending September 30, 2019 must be submitted in accordance with TEGL 14-18Aligning Performance Accountability Reporting, Definitions, and Policies Across Workforce Employment and Training Programs Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The requirements for DWGs are specifically outlined in Attachment 6 of TEGL 14-18.


Formula Grants

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    Funding opportunities for formula grants are available for State Workforce Agencies, State Labor Commissioners, Indian and Native American Program Grantees, and State Apprenticeship Agencies. These opportunities are announced through Training and Employment Guidance Letters (TEGLs) or Unemployment Insurance Program Letters (UIPLs) sent directly to eligible entities (may vary depending on the opportunity), and posted on www.grants.gov and www.doleta.gov/grants. The program purpose, funding, and submission requirements are outlined in the appropriate TEGL or UIPL. An example of a most recent formula grant opportunity can be found here.

ETA Resources:

 
  • OMB Uniform Guidance: The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) at 2 CFR 200 is the first consolidation of grant management requirements in many years. Prior to the Uniform Guidance, Federal grant management requirements governing administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements were found in eight separate OMB Circulars.

    The Department of Labor's adoption of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) is found at 2 CFR 2900 which includes a limited number of exceptions approved by OMB to ensure consistency with existing policy and procedures.
 
  • Division of Cost Determination:

    Information to help explain what indirect costs are and whether they are appropriate for an applicant to include indirect costs in their budget submission. There is also information about how an applicant would work with the Cost Determination Division to commence the indirect cost negotiation process.