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Premium member Presentation Transcript Slide 1: Energy Training Partnership Grants: Prospective Applicant Webinar for SGA/DFA PY-08-18 July 13, 2009 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET Moderator : Moderator Jennifer Troke Office of Workforce Investment Featured Speakers : Featured Speakers Presenters Karin Brown, ETA, Office of Apprenticeship Mike Trupo, ETA, Office of Workforce Investment Janice Sheelor, ETA, Office of Grants and Contract Management Moderator Jen Troke, ETA, Office of Workforce Investment Energy Training Partnership Grants Agenda/Objectives : Overview of Competitive Grants for Green Job Training Review of Energy Training Partnership Grant Requirements and Specifications Grant Application and Review Process Evaluation Criteria Frequently Asked Questions Energy Training Partnership Grants Agenda/Objectives Where do I find the SGA? : Where do I find the SGA? Announcement is available on http://www.doleta.gov/grants (select “find grants” and then scroll down to “Grants for 2009”) http://www.grants.gov (search for grants by Agency-Employment and Training Administration) How will I be able to submit questions after viewing this Webinar? : How will I be able to submit questions after viewing this Webinar? Janice Sheelor, Grants Management Specialist, Division of Federal Assistance, at (202)-693-3538 (This is not a toll-free number) Applicants should e-mail all technical questions to Sheelor.Janice@dol.gov and must specifically reference SGA/DFA PY 08-18, and include a contact name, fax and phone number. Recovery Act : Recovery Act Background $750 million for competitive grants for worker training and placement in high growth and emerging industries Of the $750 million allotted, approximately $500 million is designated for research, labor exchange and job training for projects that prepares workers for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy The Department intends to use a portion of the $500 million for providing technical assistance for this program of grants. Recovery Act : Recovery Act Strategic Vision Provide training and placement into employment, including the transition of auto and auto-related workers to jobs in the green energy sector Demonstrate partnerships that meet the workforce needs of the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries and other industry sectors Integrate supportive services with education and training programs and assist individuals in entering career pathways leading to economic self-sufficiency Leverage other Recovery Act investments to create jobs and promote economic growth. Recovery Act : Recovery Act Highlights from Supplementary Information: Parts B-C The seven Energy efficiency and renewable energy industries are defined in Section 171 (e) (1) (B) (ii) of the Workforce Investment Act and listed in Supplementary Information, part B of the SGA Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Report and listing of identified green occupations: http://www.onetcenter.org/reports/Green.html Connect workforce development strategies to other Recovery Act funded projects Special Announcement! : Special Announcement! We anticipate an Amendment(s) will be made to this SGA Please continue to check the Federal Register for more information as it becomes available : Grant Requirements and Specifications Karin Brown, Office of Apprenticeship Grant Requirements and Specifications : Grant Requirements and Specifications SGA Overview Award Amount Period of Performance Eligible Applicants Strategic Partnerships Proposed Strategies Funding Restrictions Grantee Training Overview : Overview Overview Energy Training Partnership grants will provide training and placement services in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries for workers impacted by national energy and environmental policy, individuals in need of updated training related to the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, and unemployed workers. Award Amount andPeriod of Performance : Award Amount andPeriod of Performance Award Amount: Approximately $100 million in grant funds to 20-30 projects ranging from approximately $2 to $5 million each. Approximately $25 million of the total funds available through this Solicitation will be awarded for projects serving communities impacted by auto industry restructuring Period of Performance: Up to 24 months Eligible Applicants : Eligible Applicants Eligible applicants are: National Labor Management Organizations OR Statewide and local non-profit entities Please Note: A Statewide or local entity that receives an award under category 2 of this SGA may not receive sub-grant or sub-contract funding from a national organization that receives an award under category 1. Strategic Partnerships : Strategic Partnerships Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project will be implemented by a strategic partnership that includes: Labor Organizations Employers and/or Industry Organizations Local Workforce Investment Boards Additional Partners as Appropriate Proposed Strategies : Proposed Strategies Fund projects that Provide training and supportive services, as appropriate Lead to employment in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries Deliver worker training activities in communities where participants live and work Encourage projects that Fund Registered Apprenticeship and or pre-apprenticeship strategies Leverage resources, but not required Proposed Strategies (Cont’d) : Proposed Strategies (Cont’d) All projects must incorporate training activities that: Address skills and competencies Support advancement along defined career pathway Take place at times and locations convenient for participants Allowable activities: Occupational Training On-the-job and customized training Developing Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-apprenticeship programs Supportive Services Slide 19: Administrative Costs: May not use more than 10 percent of the grant Administrative costs are defined at 20 CFR 667.220 Use of Funds for Supportive Services: Grantees may use no more than 5 percent of their grant funds on these services Defined in WIA sections 101(46) and 134(e)(2) and (3) Salary and Bonus Limitations None of funds to pay salary and bonuses in excess of Executive Level II; see ETA guidance for details http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2262 Funding Restrictions Grantee Training : Grantee Training Grantees are required to participate in all DOL/ETA training activities related to: Orientation Financial management and reporting, performance reporting Product dissemination Other technical assistance training as appropriate : Application and Review Process Janice Sheelor, Office of Grants and Contract Management Application Process: Proposals : Application Process: Proposals Part I – Cost Proposal: SF 424 (Application for Federal Assistance) D-U-N-S® Number SF 424A (Budget Information Form) Budget narrative OMB Survey N.1890-0014 Application Process: Proposals(Cont’d) : Application Process: Proposals(Cont’d) Part II – Technical Proposal: Technical proposal that demonstrates the applicant’s capabilities to plan and implement the project in accordance with the provisions of this solicitation. Limited to 20 doubled-spaced, single-sided, 8.5 inch x 11 inch pages with 12 point text font and one-inch margins. Application Process: Proposals(Cont’d) : Application Process: Proposals(Cont’d) Part III – Attachments to Technical Proposal: Two-page Abstract, summarizing proposed project Applications must also clearly identify the lead applicant and identify each participant Applications must clearly identify whether the applicant will serve communities impacted by automotive industry restructuring Single letter of commitment from each partner Additional materials will not be accepted DO NOT include letters of support, resumes, etc. Proposal Submission : Proposal Submission Methods of Submission Regular mail Overnight mail Hand delivery Online at http://www.grants.gov Reference SGA/DFA PY-08-18 Proposals must be received by the closing date of the SGA: 4:00 p.m. (ET) September 4, 2009 Proposal Submission(Cont’d) : Proposal Submission(Cont’d) Applicants submitting proposals in hard copy Submit an original signed application (including SF424) and 1 “copy-ready” version free of bindings, staples or protruding tabs Also requested, though not required, to provide an electronic copy of the proposal on CD Using Grants.gov - Get started now! Significant registration process the first time-takes days or weeks to complete Highly recommended that online submission be completed 2 working days prior to the date specified for receipt of applications Components of the application must be saved as either .doc,.xls or.pdf files Application Review Process : Application Review Process Technical review panels will meet after closing date to review applications Scoring is based on how completely applicants respond to the rating criteria in the SGA Application Review Process (Cont’d) : Application Review Process (Cont’d) Panels prepare a report for each applicant that includes: Rating criteria scores Evaluation comments relating to the criteria Any additional comments or concerns relating to the proposal Panel scores: Advisory in nature to the Grant Officer Application Review Process (Cont’d) : Application Review Process (Cont’d) Ranked scores will serve as the primary basis for selection in conjunction with other factors: Geographic balance Availability of funds Which proposals are most advantageous to the Government Time frame for review depends on number of applications received : Evaluation Criteria Mike Trupo, Office of Workforce Investment Evaluation Criteria : Evaluation Criteria Statement of Need (15 points) Project Management and Organizational Capacity (15 points) Strategy and Project Work Plan (50 points) Outcomes and Deliverables (15 points) Suitability for Evaluation (5 points) Statement of Need (15 points) : Statement of Need (15 points) Scoring on this criterion will be based on subcategories: Demonstration of a clear and specific need for Federal investment Description of the specific industries and occupations on which the research project will focus Current and projected employment in targeted industries Identification of target population Etc. Project Management andOrganizational Capacity (15 points) : Project Management andOrganizational Capacity (15 points) Scoring on this criterion will be based on 3 subcategories: Staff Capacity (5 points) Fiscal, Administrative, and Performance Management Capacity (5 points) Experience of Applicant (5 points) Strategy andProject Work Plan (50 points) : Strategy andProject Work Plan (50 points) Strategy [35 points] Demonstration of how proposed strategies address the statement of need (10 points) Full description of the specific roles project partners (10 points) Full description of the proposed recruitment, training, placement, and retention strategies (10 points) Full description of leveraged resources (5 points) Strategy andProject Work Plan (50 points) : Strategy andProject Work Plan (50 points) Project Work Plan [15 points] Applicants can earn up to 15 points based on the presentation of a comprehensive project work plan based on reasonable performance estimates. Project Phases: Lay out the project in four phases. Startup, Recruitment, Training, and Placement and Retention Activities: Fully identify major activities Milestones: List target dates for outcomes Budget Allocations: List total amounts for each of four phases Outcomes and Deliverables (15 points) : Outcomes and Deliverables (15 points) Scoring on this criterion will be based on 4 subcategories: Projected Performance Outcomes Degrees or Certificates Project activities leading to a degree or certificate must clearly identify the degree or certificate Appropriateness and feasibility of project outcomes Deliverables If applicable, provide a comprehensive list of expected deliverables consistent with the project work plan Suitability for Evaluation (5 Points) : Suitability for Evaluation (5 Points) Suitability for Evaluation Explain a recruitment plan that could yield a large number of qualified applicants Be able to collect participant-level information Have project retention strategies to minimize client attrition and help track those who leave the program before completion Work Collaboratively with an outside evaluator See SGA for full list and details Questions : Questions Email all technical questions to Janice Sheelor, Grants Management Specialist, Division of Federal Assistance - Sheelor.Janice@dol.gov Specifically reference SGA/DFA PY 08-18, and include a contact name, fax and phone number Stay Informed, Get Connected! : Stay Informed, Get Connected! 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