Native American Employment and Training


To support employment and training services for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, 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 Native Americans, Alaska Natives, 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 24, acquire the educational and occupational skills needed to achieve academic and employment success and transition to careers and productive adulthood.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was passed on July 22, 2014. It supersedes titles I and II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The law went into effect on July 1, 2015. Also, unless otherwise stipulated, recipients are subject to Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule on December 26, 2013 and found at 2 CFR Part 200 along with the OMB approved exceptions for DOL at 2 CFR Part 2900 published on December 19, 2014 in the Federal Register., Title I, Part SubtitleD, Section 166, Public Law 113-128; The Workforce Investment Act , Public Law 105-220.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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) are 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. Detailed requirements for consortium grantee applicants are set forth in the NPRM at 684.200(b). Supplemental funding is automatically awarded to Federal Recognized Tribes and Tribal consortiums selected through the competitive process. However, there a few exceptions in which non-profit entities receive youth funds). Youth funds are also based on a funding formula and is restricted to Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth living on or near reservations, OTSA areas in Oklahoma, Alaskan villages and the state of Hawaii.
Beneficiary Eligibility
American Indians are generally considered members (or descendants) of federally- recognized Indian tribes, bands, and groups or members of well established state recognized tribes such as, but not limited to, the Homa Indians in Louisiana and the Lumbee Indians in North Carolina. Applicants must also be low-income according to HHS poverty income guidelines, unemployed, or underemployed. Native American youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who live on or near a reservation or in OTSA areas of Oklahoma and Alaska Native Villages or ANRC areas in Alaska, and the State of Hawaii and are low income, are eligible to receive supplemental youth services. Section 129(a)(2)) of WIOA allows youth living in a "high poverty" area to be considered low-income. 684.130 of the NPRM for WIOA provides the definition of a "high-poverty" area.
An entity requesting to apply for a grant must submit document that they are an eligible organization as defined in the WIOA NPRM at 684.200 and 684.210. WIOA requires a 4-year strategic plan (previously a 2-year plan under WIA) to be submitted to the Department in order to receive funding. The plan 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 underemployed (i.e.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 24. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Employment and Training Administration publishes a Solicitation for Grant Application (SGA) in the Federal Register every two years (every 4 years under WIOA) . The SGA provides the application and award process for interested entities to apply for funding to serve specified geographic areas. Grantee receiving a grant award must also submit a 2-year strategic plan (4-year strategic plan under WIOA) 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 / WIOA 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.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 90 days.
From 60 to 90 days. Applicants will be notified of approval or disapproval of the 2-year strategic plan (4-year strategic plan under WIOA) 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 however competition for these grants must be held every 4-years pursuant to Section 166 (c) of WIOA.
How are proposals selected?
Selection criteria are described in the regulations, Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) and the Department's Training and Employment Guidance Letters (TEGL)s In general, awards are based on the regulatory requirements found at 20 CFR 668.210, 668.220 and 668.230 in WIA. In selecting entities for a grantee award, some key criteria include the entity's legal status, ability to administer Federal funds, and prior experience and success in providing employment and training services to the client population.
How may assistance be used?
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 (15% but can be up to 20% with prior agency approval). 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 Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native American youth and Native Hawaiian youth, between the ages of 14 and 24, 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. participants of the program must be American Indian, as defined by the organization, which at a minimum must include enrolled members of any Federally Recognized Tribe. For the Adult program, participants must also be unemployed, underemployed or low-income individuals.

For the youth program, participants must be between the age of 14 - 24 and must be low-income unless the grant recipient's service area is located in a "high poverty area" as defined in the WIOA regulations at 681.260. 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. However, funds are allocated to entities (selected from the competitive process) using a funding formula.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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. No progress reports are required. ETA 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 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
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.
Other 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 congressional appropriations. 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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are placed in the HHS, Payment Management System and can be drawn down by the grantee as needed to pay for expenditures.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
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
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $50,000,000; FY 15 est $49,000,000; and FY 16 est $53,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range and average of financial assistance varies by year. Amounts are published annually in the Federal Register. Grant awards range from $1,000 to $5,000,000. Funding is based on a formula which is based on the percentage of low-income and unemployed Native Americans living in a geographic service area requested by the applicant in the competitive proposal. Federally Recognized tribes are typically awarded funds based on their reservation area (land base) but may also apply for "off-reservation" areas.
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.

Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.