Incentive Grants - WIA Section 503
To carry out innovative programs consistent with the purposes of Title I of WIA (Workforce Investment Systems), Title II of WIA (Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), 20 U.S.C. 9201 et seq.), the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Amendments of 1998 (Public Law 105-332, 20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) or a combination of two or more of these acts. This is the last year of incentive grants. The new legislation, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Public Law 113-128, did not authorize these grants.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Adult Education and Family Literacy Act;
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. , 20 U.S.C 9211; Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title 1, Part B, Section 174, 503, Public Law 105-220, 20 U.S.C 9273.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
A listing of States eligible to receive incentive grants for program year 2013 performance was published in the Federal Register on May 1, 2015. To qualify for a grant, a State must exceed performance levels agreed to by the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of Labor, the Governor, and the State Education Officer, for outcomes in Titles I and II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the American Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), which include placement after training, retention in employment, and improvement in literacy levels, among other measures.
50 U.S. States, including Washington, DC, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Documentation of the exceeded performance measures must be available. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
The application must include assurances that: the State legislature was consulted with respect to the development of the application; the application was approved by the Governor, the eligible agency for adult education, as defined in WIA Section 203(4) (20 U.S.C. 9202(4); and the State agency responsible for vocational and technical education programs, as defined in Perkins Act Section 3(9) (20 U.S.C. 2302(9)); and the State and the eligible agency, as appropriate, exceeded the State adjusted levels of performance for WIA Title I, the State adjusted levels of performance for AEFLA, and the performance levels established for Perkins Act programs. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Grants for projects are awarded each year to those states and territories that exceed their WIA and AEFLA performance measures. A Federal Register Notice (FRN) is published announcing the award winning states as well as the amount of the award. A Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) is published to provide guidance for the submission of the application. The FRN and the TEGL are published on the Performance Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/performanceresults/incentives_sanctions.cfm. States develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how they will provide services in accordance with the WIA, AEFLA and or Perkins IV laws. ETA coordinates the review of applications with the Department of Education.
States must exceed performance for WIA Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth programs as well as meet performance in AEFLA. Representatives from DOL and Education review states' performance and compile a list of those states meeting both sets of performance requirements. States are allocated a share of the incentive funds based on their proportionate share of WIA and AEFLA title funds. States must submit an application indicating they will meet all requirements of WIA and AEFLA as well as Perkins IV before funds can be granted. See USDOL ETA guidance TEGL 20-01, Change 13 at: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=3981.
May 01, 2015 to Jun 15, 2015: 45 days from FRN posting. Specified in the applicable TEGL, but generally 45 days from announcement in the Federal Register.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 1 to 15 days.
From 15 to 30 days. Appeal procedures are at 20 CFR Part 667, Subpart H.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
States have great flexibility in using these funds and are not limited to conducting only one type of innovative program. However, the use of grant funds must be consistent with WIA Section 503, including the requirement that they be used for innovative programs which further the purposes of WIA Titles I and II, AEFLA and/or the Perkins Act. In addition, grantees must comply with the requirements of whichever program the innovation affects. For example, if the incentive funds will be used for innovations in the delivery of youth activities under WIA Title I, the program must be consistent with WIA Title I provisions applicable to youth activities and the WIA regulations at 20 CFR part 664. States must submit a plan describing the innovative activities to be funded with this grant. States are expected to use funds for services and activities: (1) beyond those provided with regular funds from the three programs, particularly those authorized by one of these programs and another program; (2) which serve the needs of populations intended to be served by one or more of these programs; and (3) targeted to improving the performance of State systems of employment, training, and education. In addition, States are encouraged to plan activities that promote cooperation and collaboration among the agencies administering WIA Title I, AEFLA, and Perkins Act programs. States may only use funds in accordance with WIA, AEFLA, or Perkins Law III/IV. This is the last year of incentive grants as WIOA did not authorize these grants.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
When funds are expended for programs under AEFLA, Perkins IV or WIA, the applicable program report requirements apply. See TEGL 14-00, Change 3, TEGL 9-07, and TEGL 14-03, Change 1 for additional reporting guidance. When funds are expended for programs under AEFLA , Perkins IV or WIA, the applicable program report requirements apply. See TEGL 14-00, Change 3 and TEGL 14-03, Change 1 for additional reporting guidance. When funds are expended for programs under AEFLA, Perkins IV or WIA, the applicable program report requirements apply. See TEGL 14-00, Change 3 and TEGL 14-03, Change 1 for additional reporting guidance. When funds are expended for programs under AEFLA, Perkins IV or WIA, the applicable program report requirements apply.See TEGL 14-00, Change 3 and TEGL 14-03, Change 1 for reporting guidance. When funds are expended for programs under either AEFLA, Perkins IV or WIA, the applicable program report requirements apply. See TEGL 14-00, Change 3, TEGL 9-07, and TEGL 14-03, Change 1 for reporting guidance.
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. Audits shall be conducted in accordance with 20 CFR 667.200(b).
States are required to maintain adequate records in accordance with DOL uniform administrative requirements in 29 CFR Sections 97.20 and 97.42.
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
Funds are awarded on a program year (July to June) basis and are available for expenditure for two 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. Federal Project Officers for those states receiving the awards.
Luke A. Murren Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave, NW, Room N-5641, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 693-3733
(Project Grants) FY 14 $10,000,000; FY 15 est $10,000,000; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For PY13 awards, each eligible state received $3,000,000.
For PY 14, three awards were made each for $3,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
20 CFR 666.200 - 666.230; Training and Employment Guidance Letters No. 20-01, change 13, TEGL 14-03, Change 1 and TEGL 14-00, Change 3.
Examples of Funded Projects