National Farmworker Jobs Program


To help individuals, and their dependents, who are primarily employed in agricultural and fish farming labor that is characterized by chronic unemployment and underemployment, obtain and retain unsubsidized employment, or stabilize their unsubsidized employment, including upgraded employment in agriculture. Grant organizations provide career services, job training, housing assistance, and other related assistance.

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
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: See the Department of Labor budget at and the NFJP website at Fiscal Year 2015: See the Department of Labor budget at and the NFJP website at Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998

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 D, Section 167, Public Law 105-220; The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title I, Part D, Section 167, Public Law 113-128.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The provisions of WIOA, Section 167(b), describe entities eligible to receive a grant as those that have: 1) an understanding of the problems of eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers (including their dependents); 2) a familiarity with the area to be served; and 3) the ability to demonstrate a capacity to administer and deliver effectively a diversified program of workforce investment activities (including youth workforce investment activities) and related assistance for eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Entities such as state government agencies, state workforce investment boards, local government agencies, local workforce investment boards, faith-based and community-based organizations, institutions of higher learning, and other entities are examples of organizations that could be eligible to apply for NFJP grants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries are low-income individuals and their dependents who, for 12 consecutive months out of the 24 months prior to application for the program involved, have been primarily employed in agricultural or fish farming labor that is characterized by chronic unemployment or underemployment, and who face multiple barriers to economic self-sufficiency. Individuals must also be legally able to work, and males must not have violated the Selective Service Act registration requirements.
No Credentials or documentation are required. 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 not applicable. 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Grants for operating NFJP programs are awarded every four years through a competitive process. Applications are solicited through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) published in the Federal Register and on ETA's Web site, Applicants are required under the solicitation to provide their proposed plan to operate NFJP services in the areas where they propose to operate. A single NFJP employment and training grantee is funded to serve the geographic area of each state, except as follows: more than one applicant may be selected to serve areas within California, and some service areas comprise the geography of two adjoining states. Housing grantees serve the geographic areas designated in their program plans, and may include single states, multiple states, or parts of states.
Award Procedure
Competing applications will be rated according to criteria included in the FOA. Awards are made directly to eligible applicants by the Employment and Training Administration.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. From 60 to 90 days.
Petition for reconsideration of non-selection as a potential grantee may be made to an Administrative Law Judge within 21 days of notification of the Department's decision.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Selection criteria are described in the FOA published in the Federal Register whenever there is a competition for grant awards. (Also, please see paragraph 92, above.).
How may assistance be used?
In the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP), eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents may receive career services, such as an eligibility determination, initial assessment, job placement assistance, comprehensive skills assessment, an individual employment plan, case management, career planning, and workplace readiness. Training services, such as occupational skills training or on-the-job training, and related assistance, such as emergency assistance, allow a farmworker to stabilize their unsubsidized employment. In addition, permanent and temporary housing assistance is also provided to migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs). Funds must be used in accordance with Federal Regulations. The WIOA statute requires a grant competition every four years to operate the NFJP program. Funds for NFJP employment and training grants are allocated through an administrative formula to state service areas. A percentage of program funds are designated for housing grants, and are allocated based on the services described and the service areas specified in grantee program plans.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Quarterly reports are required on grant expenditures, program activities, and participant services and outcomes. No cash reports are required. Quarterly reports are required on program activities and participant services and outcomes. Financial reports are required quarterly. Regional Federal Project Officers conduct monitoring, including desk audits, risk assessments, site visits and file audits.
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. Subject to audits by the Department of Labor or other authorized Government agencies.
Grantees are required to maintain complete accounting, personnel, and individual participant records in accordance with the Uniform Guidance at 2 CFR 200 and DOL Exceptions at 2 CFR 2900. Participant records must support eligibility and the need for services provided.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 20 CFR , Part 652; and 660 through 671, Public Law P.L. 105-220.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant awards are for four years. 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. Regional contact information is available on the NFJP website at
Headquarters Office
Kimberly Vitelli 200 Constitution Ave. NW Rm C-4510, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Phone: 202-693-3639
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $82,000,000; FY 15 est $82,000,000; and FY 16 est $82,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range and average varies by year according to appropriation levels. State allocations are published annually in the Federal Register.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
20 CFR Part 652 and 660 through 671.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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