Native American Employment and Training

To support employment and training activities for Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian individuals in order to develop more fully the academic, occupational, and literacy skills of such individuals; to make such individuals more competitive in the workforce; and to promote the economic and social development of Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities in accordance with the goals and values of such communities. All programs assisted under this section shall be administered in a manner consistant with the principles of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.) and the government-to-government relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribal governments. Supplemental youth funding is also awarded to help low-income Native American youth and Native Hawaiian youth, between the ages of 14 and 21, acquire the educational and occupational skills needed to achieve academic and employment success and transition to careers and productive adulthood.

Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be utilized for employment and training programs and services, including classroom training, On-The-Job training, training assistance, work experience, youth employment programs, day care, health care, job search, relocation, and transportation allowances designed to help eligible participants to obtain employment. There are specified restrictions on the amount of grant funds which can be used for administrative costs. Supplemental youth funds may be utilized to provide employment and training activities that assist youth in achieving academic and employment success. Such activities may include; mentoring, career exploration, work experience, community service, education programs including cultural education, leadership development, and supportive services. Funds are restricted to Indian, Alaska Native, and Native American youth and Native Hawaiian youth, between the ages of 14 and 21, living on or near reservations and the States of Oklahoma, Hawaii, and Alaska. Administrative costs are limited to 15% but are negotiable up to 20% upon prior agency approval. See above. Federally-recognized Indian Tribal Governments, bands or groups, Alaska Native villages or groups (as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, 43 U.S.C. 1602(b)), Hawaiian Native communities meeting the eligibility criteria, and Native American Organizations (public bodies or private nonprofit agencies) are selected by the Secretary on a competitive basis to run programs in designated service areas.
Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Title I, Subtitle D, Section 166 and Subtitle B, Chapter 2), Title I, Section 166, Public Law 105-220, 112 Stat. 936, 29 U.S.C 2801 et seq.; Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Title 1, Subtitle D, Section 166 and Subtitle B, Chapter 2), Section 2, Public Law 111-5, Stat. 58.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Federally-recognized Indian Tribal Governments, bands or groups, Alaska Native villages or groups (as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, 43 U.S.C. 1602(b)), Hawaiian Native communities meeting the eligibility criteria, and Native American Organizations (public bodies or private nonprofit agencies) selected by the Secretary on a competitive basis. Tribes, bands, and groups may also form consortia in order to qualify for designation as a grantee. An independently eligible grantee shall be a Federally-recognized tribe or other Indian or Native American entity which has: (1) A governing body as defined in 20 CFR 668.200(a); (2) (for new grantees) an identifiable Native American resident population sufficient to generate the funding level(s) outlined at 20 CFR 668.200(a)(3) within its designated service area; and (3) the capability to administer Indian and Native American employment and training programs as outlined at 20 CFR 668.220. Detailed requirements for consortium grantee applicants are set forth at 20 CFR 668.200(b). Supplemental funding is automatically awarded to entities that serve Native American youth and Native Hawaiian youth living on or near reservations, and the States of Oklahoma, Hawaii, and Alaska.
Beneficiary Eligibility
American Indians (members of federally- recognized Indian tribes, bands, and groups); other individuals of Native American descent, such as, but not limited to, the Klamaths in Oregon, Micmac and Maliseet in Maine, the Lumbees in North Carolina and South Carolina; Indians variously described as terminated or landless, Eskimos and Aleuts in Alaska, and Hawaiian Natives. ("Hawaiian Native" means an individual any of whose ancestors were natives prior to 1778 of the area which now comprises the State of Hawaii.) Applicants must also be economically disadvantaged, unemployed, or underemployed. A Native American grantee may in some cases enroll participants who are not economically disadvantaged, unemployed, or underemployed in upgrading and retraining programs. See 20 CFR 668.300(b)(4) and (5). Native American youth between the ages of 14 and 21 who live on or near a reservation or in the States of Oklahoma, Alaska, and Hawaii and are low income, are eligible to receive supplemental youth services.
An entity requesting to apply for a grant must submit a notification of intent to apply biennially. Consortium applicants must include a formal consortium agreement with attachments specified in 20 CFR 668.200. A Comprehensive Services Plan must be submitted by the designated grantees. It includes, among other things: (1) a program narrative description; (2) a planning summary; and (3) a brief budget summary. Individuals requesting services through this grant must provide documentation of Native American Descent such and Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB). Individuals must also provide documentation that they are low income or unemployed, or working part-time but are seeking full-time work or employed in a job that is not commensurate with the individual's demonstrated level of education or skill achievement. Males eligible for Selective Service must provide proof of registration. Youth receiving services under the Supplemental Youth Services Program (SYSP) must be low income and be between the age of 14 and 21. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency must be used for this program. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The Employment and Training Administration publishes a Solicitation for Grant Application (SGA) in the Federal Register every two years. The SGA provides the application and award process for interested entities to apply for funding to serve specified geographic areas. After prospective grantees have filed a notice of intent and new applicants have additionally provided the information cited in 20 CFR 668.240, designation decisions are made. Subsequently, designated grantees must submit a Comprehensive Services Plan to the Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workforce Investment, Division of Indian and Native American Programs (DINAP), Department of Labor. In addition, grantees must describe the administrative, planning, and operational elements needed to implement a WIA Section 166 program. Instructions for completing these documents are issued by the Employment and Training Administration through a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL).
Award Procedure
Grants will be made directly to eligible grantees for their service areas.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 30 to 90 days.
From 60 to 90 days. Applicants will be notified of approval or disapproval of the Comprehensive Services Plan and if disapproved, given a reasonable time to make adjustments and resubmit the Plan. Final disapproval of an application or plan submitted by a designated grantee will not be made without affording the grantee an opportunity for reconsideration.
From 30 to 60 days. Grant awards may be renewed annually, while designation as a grantee applies for two years.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 1, Part Subtitle D - National Programs, , Subpart Section 166 - Indian and Native American Programs, Public Law Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are made available through annual program year grants. The program year runs from July 1 to June 30, except that the Supplemental Youth Services Program runs from April 1 to March 31. Funds obligated for any program year may be expended by each recipient during the program year and the two succeeding program years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Post Assistance Requirements
OMB 9084 form for comprehensive services to adult program and OMB 9085 for supplemental youth services program are submitted quarterly. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. OMB 9130 Form financial report is submitted quarterly. National office staff monitors performance using the Grants Management System (GEMS) to conduct risk assessments and desk reviews. On-site reviews are also conducted every three years.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other pertinent records shall normally be retained for a period of three years after the grant is closed out. Participant records shall be retained for five years. Records must be retained longer in certain cases, such as when audit findings have not been resolved.
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 13 $48,000,000; FY 14 est $49,000,000; and FY 15 est $49,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range and average of financial assistance varies by year. Amounts are published annually in the Federal Register.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Federal Register, Volume 65, No. 156, Friday, August 11, 2000, 20 CFR Parts 667 and 668 (20 CFR 652 et al.), Employment and Training Administration, United States Department of Labor.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Duane Hall 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S-4209, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Phone: (972) 850-4637 Fax: (972) 850-4605
Website Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Selection criteria are described in the regulations and DINAP administrative instructions issued biennially in the Solicitation for Grant Application published in the Federal Register. In general, designation is based on the regulatory requirements found at 20 CFR 668.210, 668.220, and 668.230, concerning legal status, ability to administer Federal funds, and prior experience and success in providing employment and training services to the client population. In addition, the other requirements for designation found at 20 CFR Part 668, Subpart B, must also be met.
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