Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals


The purpose of the JOLI program is to create new jobs to be filled by low-income individuals. JOLI grantees create jobs through business plans and the provision of technical and/or financial assistance to private employers in the community. Accordingly, JOLI grantees assist in creating new employment and business opportunities for individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and for other low-income individuals. Funded projects focus on one of three program strategies to create new job and employment opportunities: (1) new business ventures, (2) business expansion, and (3) self-employment/micro-enterprise.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Family Support Act of 1988, Section 505, Public Law 100-485, 42 U.S.C 1926; as amended, Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Section 112, Public Law 104-193.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Only nonprofit organizations (including community development corporations, faith based, charitable, and tribal organizations) that are tax-exempt under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, by reason of paragraph (3) or (4) of section 501(c) of such Code are eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Only recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits and any other individual, whose income level does not exceed 100 percent of the official poverty guidelines, as published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, can be served under this program. Emphasis is placed on serving individuals who are TANF recipients, homeless, unemployed, non-custodial parents, reside in public housing or receive housing assistance.
Applicants must include with the application written evidence of the local TANF agency's willingness to enter a cooperative agreement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include with the application written evidence of a partnership with the local CSE agency. All non-profit organizations (including community development corporations, faith based, charitable, and tribal organizations) must include with the application written proof of tax-exempt status under 501(c) (3) or (4) of Internal Revenue Code 0f 1986. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
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 eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. All information and forms required to prepare a grant are published in the Federal Register and website.
Award Procedure
Official notice of approved grant applications is made through issuance of a Financial Assistance Award. Official notice of an accepted application proposal is made through award of a grant.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Generally, solicited grants will be acted upon within 90-120 days.
Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funded projects must: (1) create new employment and/or business opportunities for TANF recipients and other low-income individuals; (2) enter into a cooperative agreement with the local TANF agency involving client referrals to the applicant project and supportive services for clients, and applicants are encouraged to establish a formal partnership with the local Child Support Enforcement (CSE) agency involving referrals of non-custodial parents to the applicant; (3) develop a comprehensive project design that describes: the work program and strategy; the participant training design; supportive services and counseling; technical assistance and financial assistance plan; access to business capital; and, follow-up participant support services; and, (4) include an independent, methodologically sound evaluation of the effectiveness of the activities in crating new jobs and/or business opportunities. Funds awarded under this program cannot be used for 1)new construction, 2) the purchase of real property, 3) fundraising, 4) reimbursement of pre-award costs, 5) any project where the role of the applicant is primarily to serve as a conduit for funds to organizations other than the applicant, or 6) a previously funded grantee to carry out the same project in the same geographic area.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Semi annual progress and expenditure reports are requireed. Cash reports are not applicable. See above. Expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
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 and other records of the grant are to be kept 3 years after the termination of the grant or until audited, whichever comes first.
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
Grant awards are approved for up to a 3-year budget and project period. The maximum grant for the full project and budget period is $311,000. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant awards are approved for up to a 3-year budget and project period. The maximum grant for the full project and budget period is $311,000.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Lynda Perez 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW, 5th Floor West, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Phone: (202) 401-9365 Fax: (202) 401-4687
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $0; and FY 15 est $0 - Funding has not been provided for this program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY11 est average award $225,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.