Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications for High Growth Job Training Initiative Grants for the Energy Industry and Construction and Skilled Trades in the Energy Industry
Under the President's High Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI), DOL/ETA, announces the availability of approximately $10 million in grant funds for high-impact regional approaches to meet the workforce challenges of the energy industry and/or address the shortage of construction and skilled trade workers needed to maintain and expand the energy industry infrastructure. The President's HGJTI is a strategic effort to prepare workers for new and increasing job opportunities in high-growth, high-demand, and economically vital industries and sectors of the American economy. Through the initiative, ETA identifies high-growth, high-demand industries, evaluates the skill needs of those industries, and funds local and national partnership-based demonstration projects that: (a) Address industry-specific workforce challenges within the context of regional talent and economic development strategies; and (b) prepare workers for good jobs with career pathways in these rapidly expanding or transforming industries. ETA will broadly disseminate the products, models, and effective approaches that result from HGJTI investments to employers, education and training providers, and the workforce system, building their capacity to respond to employers' workforce needs in high-growth, high-demand industries that are a part of regional economies. Grant funds awarded under this Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) should be used to implement and replicate high-impact, industry- driven training solutions that address identified workforce challenges in the energy industry or in the construction and skilled trade occupations that support the energy industry. Each solution must take place in the context of a regional talent development strategy designed to contribute to a strong regional economy. The solutions must be developed and implemented by a strategic regional partnership, which includes leaders from the workforce investment system, business and industry, and the education and training community, as well as other public and private sector partners that bring critical assets to the joint venture. Proposed solutions should take full advantage of existing workforce development models, promising practices, and tools. Solutions must implement an existing promising solution, model, or approach and take it to scale in the region, or adapt a solution that has been demonstrated to have positive impact on the identified workforce development challenges in another region. Applicants may be public, private for-profit, or private non-profit organizations. It is anticipated that average individual awards will fall within the range of $500,000 to $1 million. Addresses: Mailed applications must be addressed to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Federal Assistance, Attention: Ariam Ferro, Grants Management Specialist, Reference SGA/DFA PY-07-07, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N4716, Washington, DC 20210. Applicants may alternatively apply online through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) and further information about applying online can be found in Part IV (3) of this solicitation. Telefacsimile (FAX) applications will not be accepted. Applicants are advised that U.S. Postal Service mail delivery in the Washington area may be delayed due to mail decontamination procedures. Hand delivered proposals will be received at the above address. Supplementary Information: This solicitation consists of eight parts: Part I provides the funding opportunity description: It contains background information on the HGJTI and workforce challenges facing the energy sector, including the shortage of construction and skilled trade workers; describes ETA's approach to talent development in the context of regional economies; and provides a description of the critical elements for this solicitation. Part II describes the award amount and performance period of the award. Part III describes eligible applicants and other grant specifications. Part IV provides information on the application and submission process and various funding restrictions. Part V describes the criteria against which applications will be reviewed and explains the proposal review and selection process. Part VI provides award administration information. Part VII contains ETA agency contact information. Part VIII lists additional resources of interest to applicants and other information.