YouthBuild

 

Grant funds will be used to provide disadvantaged youth with: the education and employment skills necessary to achieve economic self sufficiency in occupations in high demand and post-secondary education and training opportunities; opportunities for meaningful work and service to their communities; and opportunities to develop employment and leadership skills and a commitment to community development among youth in low-income communities. As part of their programming, YouthBuild grantees will tap the energies and talents of disadvantaged youth to increase the supply of permanent affordable housing for homeless individuals and low-income families and to assist youth to develop the leadership, learning, and high-demand occupational skills needed to succeed in today's global economy.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
17.274
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Please see: http://www.doleta.gov/performance/results/pdf/workforceSystemResultsJune2014.pdf#page=27. Fiscal Year 2015: Please see: http://www.dol.gov/dol/budget/2015/PDF/CBJ-2015-V1-04.pdf. Fiscal Year 2016: Please see: http://www.dol.gov/dol/budget/2016/PDF/CBJ-2016-V1-04.pdf.
Authorization
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., Public Law 113-128; The Workforce Investment Act , Public Law 105-220.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants for these grants are public or private nonprofit agency or organization (including a consortium of such agencies or organizations), including: a community-based organization; a faith-based organization; an entity carrying out activities under this title, such as a local board; a community action agency; a State or local housing development agency; an Indian tribe or other agency primarily serving Indians; a community development corporation; a State or local youth service or conservation corps; and any other entity eligible to provide education or employment training under a Federal program other than YouthBuild.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Under WIA, an eligible youth is an individual who is (i) not less than age 16 and not more than age 24, on the date of enrollment; (ii) a member of a low-income family, a youth in foster care (including youth aging out of foster care), a youth offender, a youth who is an individual with a disability, a child of incarcerated parents, or a migrant youth; and (iii) a school dropout. Under WIOA, the school dropout provision is expanded to state that any individual who is a school dropout or was a school dropout and has subsequently reenrolled is eligible. Up to (but not more than) 25 percent of the participants in the program may be youth who do not meet the education and disadvantaged criteria above but who are: (1) basic skills deficient, despite attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent (including recognized certificates of attendance or similar documents for individuals with disabilities); or (2) have been referred by a local secondary school for participation in a YouthBuild program leading to the attainment of a secondary school diploma.
Credentials/Documentation
Grantees must demonstrate adequate organizational capacity to implement a YouthBuild program which includes a description of the type of educational or occupational skills credential(s) that will be gained through participating in the program. Additionally, grantees must provide evidence of the capacity to track and report required performance outcomes and must demonstrate successful past performance with a YouthBuild grant or other similar youth-serving program. 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
Preapplication coordination is required. 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 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) in the Federal Register and also on ETA's Internal Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/grants. To compete for a grant, organizations develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how the organization will provide services to a targeted population. The FOA provides all of the necessary information for applying for Federal assistance.
Award Procedure
Procedures for each project are specified in the funding opportunity announcement. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel composed of staff from ETA program offices as well as peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the weaknesses of the application and the cumulative rating. 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 Web site at www.doleta.gov/grants. 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
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Appeals
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable Funding Opportunity Announcement.
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 Funding Opportunity Announcement.
How may assistance be used?
The funds must be used for: (A) Education and workforce investment activities including— (i) work experience and skills training (coordinated, to the maximum extent feasible, with pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs) in the activities described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) related to rehabilitation or construction, and, if approved by the Secretary, in additional in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the region in which the program operates; (ii) occupational skills training; (iii) other paid and unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing; (iv) services and activities designed to meet the educational needs of participants, including— (I) basic skills instruction and remedial education; (II) language instruction educational programs for participants who are English language learners; (III) secondary education services and activities, including tutoring, study skills training, and school dropout prevention and recovery activities, designed to lead to the attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent (including recognized certificates of attendance or similar documents for individuals with disabilities); (IV) counseling and assistance in obtaining postsecondary education and required financial aid; and (V) alternative secondary school services; (v) counseling services and related activities, such as comprehensive guidance and counseling on drug and alcohol abuse and referral; (vi) activities designed to develop employment and leadership skills, which may include community service and peer-centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social behaviors, and activities related to youth policy committees that participate in decision-making related to the program; (vii) supportive services and provision of need-based stipends necessary to enable individuals to participate in the program and to assist individuals, for a period not to exceed 12 months after the completion of training, in obtaining or retaining employment, or applying for and transitioning to postsecondary education or training; and (viii) job search and assistance. (B) Supervision and training for participants in the rehabilitation or construction of housing, including residential housing for homeless individuals or low-income families, or transitional housing for homeless individuals, and, if approved by the Secretary, in additional in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the region in which the program operates. (C) Supervision and training for participants— (i) in the rehabilitation or construction of community and other public facilities, except that not more than 15 percent of funds appropriated to carry out this section may be used for such supervision and training; and (ii) if approved by the Secretary, in additional in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the region in which the program operates. (D) Payment of administrative costs of the applicant, including recruitment and selection of participants, except that not more than 10 percent of the amount of assistance provided under this subsection to the grant recipient may be used for such costs. (E) Adult mentoring. (F) Provision of wages, stipends, or benefits to participants in the program. (G) Ongoing training and technical assistance that are related to developing and carrying out the program. (H) Follow-up services. Funds must be used to provide prescribed education and workforce activities for eligible youth, including construction of housing, including residential housing for homeless individuals or low income families, or transitional housing for homeless individuals. Under WIA, there is a ten percent limitation on the use of funds for the rehabilitation or construction of community or other public facilities but under WIOA, this is increased to fifteen percent. Under WIA, there is a fifteen percent ceiling on administrative costs for grantees but under WIOA, this is reduced to ten percent. Ninety-five percent of available funds are distributed through a competitive grant process and five percent of funds are reserved for a competitive technical assistance contract to support grant success.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
The quarterly narrative report must be submitted within 45 days following the end of each Program Year quarter. Cash reports are not applicable. The quarterly performance report must be submitted within 45 days following the end of each Program Year quarter. A quarterly financial report must be submitted within 45 days following the end of each Program Year quarter. Regional Offices conduct monitoring using risk assessments, desk audits, and on-site visits.
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 of whatever nature 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.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
YouthBuild funds are awarded for a period of 3 years and 4 months, which includes four months of planning, two years of program operations and one year of follow-up services to youth. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the nearest Employment and Training Administration regional office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Jennifer A Smith 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N-4508, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: smith.jenn@dol.gov Phone: (202) 693-3597 Fax: (202) 693-3110
Website Address
http://www.doleta.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
16-0174-0-1-504.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $75,000,000; FY 15 est $77,000,000; and FY 16 est $81,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grants range from $700,000 to $1.1 million.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Provided in the applicable Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.