Senior Community Service Employment Program


To foster individual economic self sufficiency; provide training in meaningful part-time opportunities in community service activities for unemployed low-income persons who are age 55 years of age or older, particularly persons who have poor employment prospects; and to increase the number of older persons who may enjoy the benefits of unsubsidized employment in both the public and private sectors.

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: Budget Performance Information is available at Fiscal Year 2015: Budget Performance Information is available at Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Older Americans Act of 2006

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 V, Public Law 109-365, 120 Stat. 2522, 42 U.S.C 3001; Older Americans Act of 1965.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The following types of organizations are eligible to receive grants: (1) states and U.S. territories; (2) national public and private non-profit institutions/organizations, other than political parties but including faith-based and community organizations; and (3) tribal organizations.

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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Unemployed adults 55 years or older with a family income at or below 125 percent of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) poverty level. Prospective participants must provide documentation relative to age and personal financial status which is required to determine whether the individual is program eligible. With certain exceptions, the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey definition of income governs the determination of SCSEP applicant income eligibility. Section 518 (a)(3)(A)OAA-2006 specifies that any income that is unemployment compensation, a benefit received under title XVI of the Social Security Act; a payment made to or on behalf of veterans or former members of the Armed forces under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or 25 percent of a benefit received under title II of the Social Security Act is excluded from SCSEP income eligibility determinations.
Applicants must meet the eligibility test under Section 514(c) and the responsibility test under Section 514(d) of the Older Americans Act. 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 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. National nonprofit organizations are required under Section 502(d) of the Older Americans Act to submit an application to the state agency, in addition to the Department of Labor. The Office of Workforce Investment in the Employment and Training Administration will provide information concerning proper application, format, and content and furnish standard application forms. Governors may comment on SCSEP grant proposals prior to award and may make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor to improve the distribution of SCSEP services.
Award Procedure
Awards are made directly to eligible applicants by the Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. The approval range for formula grants is approximately 30 to 60 days.
From 1 to 15 days. Appeals may be filed according to the regulations at 20 CFR 641.900.
Grantees must meet the eligibility and responsibility test each year in order to be funded. In addition, grantees must meet negotiated performance measures described in Section 513(b) of OAA-2006, in administrative guidance, and in the Final Rule on SCSEP Performance Accountability published September 1, 2010.
How are proposals selected?
The Department annually renews grant agreements. The Department may have an open competition every four to five years to select national grantees. National grants were competed in 2006 and 2012 and the next competition opportunity, as specified in the authorizing legislation, will be no sooner than 2016. When such a competition occurs, a notice will be published in the Federal Register.
How may assistance be used?
Organizations that receive grants use the funds to create and pay for part-time community service training positions for unemployed persons age 55 and above whose income is at or below 125 percent of the poverty level. The individuals who are enrolled may be trained in work assignments at local 501(c)(3) non-profit or government agencies. A portion of the funds may be used to provide participants with classroom training and supportive services. Participants may not train in projects involving political activities, sectarian activities, nor may participants displace any employed worker or perform work which impairs existing contracts for service. Each local project is required to coordinate its activities with local Workforce Investment Act projects and One-Stop Career Centers and the State Office of the Aging. Seventy-five percent of funding must be used to pay the wages and fringe benefits of participants for their part-time assignments. ( If justified, the seventy-five percent funding requirement can be reduced to sixty-five percent with the ten percent funds used for addtional participant training.) The remaining funds may be used to provide participants with classroom training and supportive services. No more than 13.5 percent of the Federal share of the costs may be spent for administration. (If justified, a waiver to 15 percent may be provided by the Department of Labor.). The Secretary of Labor may reserve up to 1.5 percent of annual appropriation for pilots, demonstration, and evaluation activities and related technical assistance.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The Annual Equitable Distribution Report and the Four Year Strategic State Plan (for state grantees only), to be reviewed and updated no less frequently than every two years. Quarterly Financial Status Report (FSR) - SF9130. The Quarterly Progress Report (QPR). QPRs are generated by the SCSEP Performance and Results QPR (SPARQ) system located within the Department of Labor based on participant data entered by grantees into the SPARQ on-line system. Quarterly Financial Status Report (FSR) - SF9130. Unless otherwise stipulated, permitted applicant organizational costs will be determined in accordance with the Uniform Guidance and DOL Exceptions. Federal Project Officers conduct quarterly desk reviews and on-site reviews as needed. Performance is evaluated annually.
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.
Normally to be retained by the grant or contract recipient for a three-year period following the completion of the grant or contract. Grantees are required to submit participant data via high-speed Internet access to a DOL-sponsored data collection system (SPARQ).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Older Americans Act 2006 Amendments, Chapter 20 CFR 641.100 of the 2010 Final Rule, Public Law P.L. 109-365.
Matching Requirements: Grantees must provide or arrange through third parties at least ten percent of the cost of the project from non-Federal sources. The grantee share of the cost may be contributed in cash or in-kind.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funding is provided annually. The program year runs from July 1 to June 30. The Secretary has the authority to extend the period of performance under specified conditions. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Region 1, Suzanne Pouliot, Telephone: (617) 788-0180; Region 2, Chantal Watler, Telephone: (215) 861-5224 ; Region 3, Linda Lundy, Telephone: (404) 302-5369; Region 4, Bill Martin, Telephone: (972) 850-4635; Region 5, Alice Mitchell, Telephone: (312) 596-5413; Region 6, John Jacobs, Telephone: (415) 625-7940.
Headquarters Office
Jennifer Pirtle 200 Constitution Ave., NW
Rm. C-4510, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Phone: (202) 693-3645 Fax: (202) 693-3015
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $95,000,000; FY 15 est $95,000,000; and FY 16 est $95,000,000 - State Programs. (Formula Grants) FY 14 $337,000,000; FY 15 est $338,000,000; and FY 16 est $339,000,000 - National Programs.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For Program Year 2013, grants ranged from $318,604 to $82.8M.
For Program Year 2014, grants ranged from $324,965 to $84.2M.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
20 CFR 641; Training and Employment Guidance Letters, Training and Employment Notices, previously issued Older Worker Bulletins that are still in effect and other SCSEP directives.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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