Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants

 

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations. The targeted population of this program is workers who have lost their jobs or are threatened with job loss as a result of foreign trade. The Department intends to fund multi-year grants to eligible institutions for either developing innovative programs or replicating evidence-based strategies. As a result of these Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGAs), the Department is helping to ensure that our nation’s institutions of higher education are able to help the targeted population succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
17.282
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Trade Act of 1974 as amended by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

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., Public Law 111-5, 19 U.S.C 2372a(b); Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
See Uses Section Above.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See Information Above.
Credentials/Documentation
Grantees must demonstrate an educational capacity need in their community and the impact that the new capacity will have on training workers in that community. 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
Section 278 of the Trade Act of 1974 as amended by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 requires community outreach to employers and other entities such as the workforce system, including Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) programs, to identify shortcomings in existing educational and career training opportunities available to workers in the community and any future employment opportunities within the community. 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. Grants for projects are awarded on a competitive basis, announced in Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGAs) in the Federal Register and also on ETA's Internet Web site at http://www.doleta.gov. To compete for a grant, organizations develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how the organization will provide services to a targeted population. The SGA provides all of the necessary information for applying for federal assistance.
Award Procedure
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable request for proposals. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel composed of federal staff and peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each application and the cumulative rating. Selections are made based on the best rated proposals, as well as other factors as cited in the SGA. Once selections are made by the Grant Officer, an Award Notification is sent through the appropriate congressional channels for notification. After awardees are notified, the list of awardees is posted on the ETA website at www.doleta.gov. If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant as notification that they were not selected as a recipient of the grant.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. ETA announces grant recipients once the paneling process is complete (see above).
Appeals
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Application.
Renewals
Renewals with funds are not available. However, with significant justification ETA may elect to exercise its option to award no-cost extensions to these grants for an additional period at its own discretion, based on the success of the program and other relevant factors.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for each proposal are specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Application.
How may assistance be used?
The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act includes $2 billion over four years for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program. The grants awarded under this Solicitation will help eligible institutions expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, and are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the TAA for Workers program. The Department of Labor is implementing this program in partnership with the Department of Education. Specific rules and requirements are published in the Solicitation for Grant Application. Approximately one hundred percent of available funds are used for discretionary activities. Grant opportunities are published in the Federal Register. Eligible institutions are institutions of higher education as defined in Section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002) which offer programs that can be completed in not more than 2 years. Please refer to the Solicitation for Grant Application for specific eligibility.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Quarterly progress reports are required within 45 days following the end of the quarter. Quarterly financial reports are required within 45 days following the end of the quarter. Annual performance reports are required within 45 days following the end of each project year. Final progress reports are required no later than 90 days after all grant funds have been expended, or the period of grant funds availability has expired. Regional Federal Project Officers conduct monitoring using risk assessments, desk monitoring, and on-site reviews.
Auditing
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.
Records
Recipients are required to maintain books, records, documents, and other evidence of accounting procedures and practices sufficient to reflect properly all direct and indirect costs claimed to have been incurred for the performance of the grant. Records are to be retained for three years from the date of final payment unless the grant officer authorizes earlier disposal.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Most projects last anywhere from 3 to 4 years. Payments to grantees are usually made by Letter of Credit draw-down procedures. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the nearest Employment and Training Administration regional office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Robert Kight 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room C-4526, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: kight.robert@dol.gov Phone: 202-693-3937
Website Address
http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct/
Financial Information
Account Identification
16-0187-0-1-504.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $451,000,000; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
We expect grant awards to be no lower than $2.4 million per award. Please see Solicitation for Grant Application for details. No funding for FY 2015.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Provided in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.