Labor Management Cooperation

 

To support the establishment, expansion, and activities conducted by committees at the company/plant level, area, industry-wide, and for public sector employees joint labor management committees in order to improve labor-management relations, economic development, and organizational effectiveness and productivity.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
34.002
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: $0. Fiscal Year 2015: $800,000. Fiscal Year 2016: $400,000.
Authorization
Labor-Management Cooperation Act of 1978, Title VII, Section 6, Public Law 95-524, 29 U.S.C 175a.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Not Applicable.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not Applicable.
Credentials/Documentation
Evidence of the existence of a current collective bargaining agreement and of joint commitment to the project by both labor and management. OMB Circular A-87 relocated to 2 CFR 225. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. 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 Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Labor-Management Cooperation Grant Program will have funding for fiscal year 2015. Beginning on March 2, 2015 and concluding on May 31, 2015, FMCS will accept applications for potential funding. The complete application package is available thru www.FMCS.gov.
Award Procedure
All FY2015 grant applicants will be notified of results and all grant awards will be made on or before September 30, 2015.
Deadlines
Mar 02, 2015 to May 31, 2015
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
All notifications will be made by September 30, 2015.
Appeals
Administrative review by the Director of the Service; hearings held by the Service.
Renewals
FMCS reserves the right under special condition to award supplemental (continuation) grants subject to funds availability.
How are proposals selected?
Applicant need, measurable goals, practicality of approach, commitment of appropriate parties, cost benefit, effectiveness and overall feasibility.
How may assistance be used?
Discretionary Grants are used only to create new or expand existing joint labor-management committees where recognized collective bargaining agreements exist at the company/plant, area, public sector, and industry-wide levels (as applicable) and where both labor and management agree to the establishment or expansion. Note: FMCS subject to funds availability, set aside a sum not to exceed thirty percent of its non-reserved appropriation to be awarded on a noncompetitive basis. These funds will be used only to support applications that have been solicited by the Director of the Service and are not subject to the dollar range.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
During the life of the grant: quarterly narratives, milestones, LMC meeting minutes, and financial reports. Cash reports are not applicable. After the grant: within 90 days of grant expiration an evaluation summary of accomplishments and/or obstacles during the grant project period will be submitted. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Formal evaluations may be required.
Auditing
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. In accordance with applicable Office of Management and Budget Circulars. Starting December 26, 2014 the threshold for audits will rise to $750,000.
Records
In accordance with applicable Office of Management and Budget Circulars.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%. In Fiscal Year 2015, dollars only, no in-kind or project income contributions allowed.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally between 12 and 18 months. A one-time no cost grant extension is approved on a case by case basis for a maximum of six (6) months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are issued via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Linda Gray-Broughton, 2100 K Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20427 Email: lgbroughton@fmcs.gov Phone: (202) 606-8181 Fax: (202) 606-3434
Website Address
http://www.fmcs.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
93-0000-0-1-000.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $800,000; and FY 16 est $400,000 - The FMCS will accept applications commencing on March 2, 2015 and concluding on May 31, 2015. $800,000 in discretionary funding is available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$65,000 for company/plant or single department public sector applicants; up to $125,000 for area industry and multi-department public sector committee applications.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
FMCS Current Fiscal Year Program Guidelines/Application Solicitation Announcement and Financial and Administrative Grants Manual which incorporates applicable Federal grant regulations.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: $0. Fiscal Year 2015: $800,000. Fiscal Year 2016: $400,000.

 



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