Program of Competitive Grants for Worker Training and Placement in High Growth and Emerging Industry Sectors


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is intended to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; assist those most impacted by the recession; provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; and invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits.

The ARRA makes $750,000,000 available for a program of competitive grants for worker training and placement in high growth and emerging industry sectors.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 , Title VIII, Public Law 111-5.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Varies - please refer to the Solicitations for Grant Awards for specific eligibility.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Varies - please refer to the Solicitations for Grant Awards for specific eligibility.
Grantees must demonstrate an adequate organizational capacity, both fiscally and programmatically. 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 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 Application (SGAs) in the Federal Register, on, and also on ETA's Internet Web site at
Award Procedure
Procedures for each grant award are specified in the applicable request for grant applicants. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel composed of Department of Labor staff as well as other peer reviewers evaluates the grant applications from eligible applicants. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and 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 If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant as notification that they were not selected as a grant recipient.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Please check the Federal Register or for deadlines.
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications.
Renewals of funds are generally 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 Applications.
How may assistance be used?
Competitive grants awarded through this program are to be used for worker training and placement in high-growth and emerging industry sectors: $500 million shall be for research, labor exchange and job training projects that prepare workers for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy; and the Recovery Act further provided that in awarding grants for the remaining $250 million, projects that prepare workers for careers in the health care sector would receive priority. Restrictions are specified in Solicitation for Grant Announcements. A very small portion of the funds will be used to provide technical assistance and performance reporting support to the grantees.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. At a minimum, quarterly progress and financial reports and final reports are required. Additional requirements are included in the solicitation. Regional Federal Project Officers conduct performance monitoring using risk assessments, desk monitoring, and on-site reviews.
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.
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.
This program has no matching requirements. Cost sharing or matching funds are not required as a condition for application unless specified in the SGA.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of performance will be from one to three years, as specified in the SGA. Payments to grantees are usually made by Letter of Credit draw-down procedures. 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
Robin Fernkas 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W. , Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Phone: 202-693-3177
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
16-0184-0-1-504 - ARRA.
(Project Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Applicants should refer to individual SGAs to determine the range of awards.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Specified in applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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