WIA/WIOA Youth Activities
To help low income youth, between the ages of 14 and 24, acquire the educational and occupational skills, training, and support needed to achieve academic and employment success and successfully transition into careers and productive adulthood.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: Fiscal Year 2014: Performance budgets are posted annually on the Internet and are available at:
http://www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/main.htm#budget. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Once finalized, performance budgets are posted annually on the Internet and are available at:
http://www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/main.htm#budget. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Once finalized, performance budgets are posted annually on the Internet and are available at: http://www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/main.htm#budget. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Once finalized, performance budgets are posted annually on the Internet and are available at:http://www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/main.htm#budget. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
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 Subtitle B, Section Chapter 2, Public Law 113-128; The Workforce Investment Act, Public Law 105-220.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Under WIOA,50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the outlying areas are identified as the recipients of youth training activities funds. For a state to be eligible to receive youth funds, the governor of the state will submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL that outlines a 4-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system.
To be eligible to participate in the WIOA youth program, an individual must be an Out-of-School Youth or an In-School Youth.
Under WIOA, an out-of-school youth is an individual who is:
(a) Not attending any school (as defined under State law);
(b) Not younger than 16 or older than age 24 at time of enrollment. Because age eligibility is based on age at enrollment, participants may continue to receive services beyond the age of 24 once they are enrolled in the program; and
(c) One or more of the following:
(1) A school dropout;
(2) A youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter. School year calendar quarter is based on how a local school district defines its school year quarters;
(3) A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is either basic skills deficient or an English language learner;
(4) An individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system;
(5) A homeless individual, a runaway, an individual who is in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 of the Social Security Act, or an individual who is in an out-of-home placement;
(6) An individual who is pregnant or parenting;
(7) An individual with a disability;
(8) A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment. (WIOA sections 3(46) and 129(a)(1)(B).)
Under WIOA, An in-school youth (ISY) is an individual who is:
(a) Attending school (as defined by State law), including secondary and post-secondary school;
(b) Not younger than age 14 or (unless an individual with a disability who is attending school under State law) older than age 21 at time of enrollment. Because age eligibility is based on age at enrollment, participants may continue to receive services beyond the age of 21 once they are enrolled in the program;
(c) A low-income individual; and
(d) One or more of the following:
(1) Basic skills deficient;
(2) An English language learner;
(3) An offender;
(4) A homeless individual, a homeless child or youth, a runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under sec. 477 of the Social Security Act, or in an out-of-home placement;
(5) An individual who is pregnant or parenting;
(6) An individual with a disability;
(7) An individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment. (WIOA secs. 3(27) and 129(a)(1)(C)).
WIOA requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL that outlines a 4-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system. States must have approved State Plans in place to receive funding for a core program under WIOA—the youth program (Title I of WIOA). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
Those portions of the State Plan over which the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training exercises authority are reviewed and approved by the Employment and Training Administration. Formula funds are awarded to the states based on a statutory formula provided in the authorizing legislation.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. In Section 102(c)(2)(B) of WIOA, a unified State plan shall be subject to the approval of both the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Education after approval of the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration for the portion of the plan described in subsection (b)(2)(D)(ii). The plan shall be considered to be approved at the end of the 90-day period beginning on the day the plan is submitted, unless the Secretary of Labor of the Secretary of Education makes a written determination, during the 90-day period, that the plan is inconsistent with the provisions of this section or the provisions authorizing the core program as appropriate.
Contact Headquarters Office to obtain information on appeal procedures.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Title I of the Act authorizes the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act System and establishes state workforce development boards with oversight responsibility by the governors for local workforce development boards; and establishes the process by which eligible providers of training and youth activities are identified. The Act authorizes the use of funds for youth employment and training activities that will provide eligible youth assistance in achieving careers and academic and employment success; ensures ongoing mentoring opportunities; provides opportunities for training; provides continued supportive services; and provides opportunities for leadership, youth development, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and community service. Funds must be used in accordance with the rules and regulations. Section 129(C)(4)(A) increases the minimum Out-of-School Youth expenditure rate for youth formula funded programs to 75 percent. Additionally, Section 129(c)(4) prioritizes work experiences with the requirement that local areas must spend a minimum of 20 percent of non-administrative local area funds on work experience. Funds must be used in accordance with the rules and regulations.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting requirements as specified by the Secretary in accordance with 20 CFR 667.300. No cash reports are required. Quarterly reports are required. Quarterly financial reports are required. Regional Federal Project Offices conduct risk analysis, desk reviews, and on-site monitoring. They also review quarterly reports.
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.
States are required to maintain adequate records in accordance with 29 CFR 95 and 97.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title I, Chapter 4, Subpart B, Public Law 113-128. Statutory Formula: Title I, Chapter 2, Public Law 113-128
This program has no matching requirement.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Formula funds allotted to a state each year are available for expenditure by the State for that program year plus two succeeding program years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the appropriate Regional Employment and Training Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Jennifer Kemp 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Kemp.Jennifer.N@dol.gov
Phone: (202) 693-3377 Fax: (202) 693-3861
16-0174-0-1-504 - Annual Appropriation.
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $806,000,000; FY 15 est $817,000,000; and FY 16 est $858,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Formula grant award amounts vary annually and are published in the Federal Register.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
20 CFR PART 652 et al, WIA; Final Rules Federal Register, Friday, August 11, 2000. Federal Register: Thursday, February 28, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 403) "Solicitation of Comments on the Re authorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Linkages with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Notice.
WIOA Final Regulations will be issued in 2016.
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