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Management and Implementation of National Emergency Grants: A Review of Promising Practices

States and local areas that administer National Emergency Grants (NEGs) have developed a growing body of expertise in the effective management of these grants. The purpose of highlighting promising practices is to document and share the exemplary approaches that were instrumental in preparing for, planning, and implementing a NEG. The intent of disseminating the findings of this study on a broad, national level is to facilitate the continuous improvement of NEG project operations, and to promote peer-to-peer information sharing among practitioners.

This study of NEG promising practices focused on an in-depth review of fifteen NEG projects that varied in type, size, and scope. Following site visits to each of these projects, the insights gleaned from these grantees were synthesized into the ten documents, which built upon four broad themes:

  • Infrastructure and Readiness: How grantees have organized state and local delivery systems to ensure effective and efficient use of NEG resources;
  • Planning and Start-Up: How grantees have mobilized key resources and stakeholders to facilitate effective grant planning and implementation;
  • Program Design and Implementation: What specific interventions and services have been implemented to support the unique reemployment needs of dislocated workers; and
  • Institutional Results: How NEG investments have directly or indirectly resulted in an enhanced capacity to respond to unexpected economic shocks.

Listed below are the ten documents which comprise the National Emergency Grant Promising Practices Series. These documents contain helpful insights and experiences gleaned from the promising practices study. Each review addresses a specific area of NEG management, and has been written to emphasize the specific planning, design, and operational decisions that contributed to successful retraining and reemployment strategies.