Job-Driven National Emergency Grant

AGENCY: New York State Department of Labor (DOL) 

DEADLINE: May 31, 2016, 4PM EST. 

AWARD: Award amounts will not exceed $100,000, and each contract will be awarded for a period of up to one year. 

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants include private sector for-profit businesses, private not-for-profit businesses, local workforce investment boards, and training providers which:

  • have two or more employees (principals of corporations and owners of businesses such as sole proprietors or partners are not considered to be employees for this criterion); and
  • are in good standing regarding: Unemployment Insurance; Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN); Public Works; Labor Standards: Safety and Health; NYS Department of State Division of Corporations; Workers Compensation Insurance; and Disability Insurance.

TARGET POPULATION: Dislocated workers who are enrolled in the Dislocated Worker program at a New York State Career Center. 

SUMMARY: The NYSDOL is making up to $4.4 million in funding available under the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant (JD-NEG) RFA. The purpose of this RFA is to solicit projects providing work-based training to dislocated workers, with emphasis on long-term unemployed, unemployment beneficiaries likely to exhaust benefits, and foreign-trained immigrant worker populations. These projects will empower participants to re-connect to the workforce and obtain employment. The RFA will support the following types of work-based training:

  1. On-the-Job Training (OJT) – training by an employer that is provided to a paid participant while engaged in productive work in a job that: provides transferable knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job; provides reimbursement to the employer of the wage rate of the participant, for the extraordinary costs of providing the training and additional supervision related to the training of 1) up to 90% for businesses with 50 or fewer employees 2) up to 75% for businesses with 51 – 250 employees and 3) up to 50% (current statutory requirement) for businesses with 251 or more employees; and is limited in duration as appropriate to the occupation for which the participant is being trained, taking into account the content of the training, the prior work experience of the participant, and the service strategy of the participant, as appropriate.
  2. Registered Apprenticeships – Apprenticeship training is the process of learning a skilled occupation through paid on-the-job training under the guidance of experienced journey workers and related classroom training.
  3. Customized Training – This option encompasses training: that is designed to meet the special requirements of an employer or a group of employers; That is conducted with a commitment by the employer to employ an individual on successful completion of the training; and for which the employer pays: a) no less than 10% match for businesses with 50 or fewer employees, b) no less than 25% match for businesses with 51 – 250 employees, and c) no less than 50% match for businesses with 251 or more employees. Match is defined as additional non-Federal and non-State resources that the employer spends on the training.