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Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant (SP-NEG) Work-Based Training (WBT)

Grants to New York Nonprofits and For-Profits for
Hands-On Workforce Training Opportunities

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New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) - Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions

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07/13/18 4:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, local workforce development boards, and workforce training providers for work-based training programs. The purpose of this program is to empower dislocated workers by placing them in apprenticeships, on-the-job training programs, and unpaid occupational skill-based training. Programs will target dislocated workers seeking employment in priority industries.


Building partnerships that bring together workforce related sectors including business, education, community organizations, government and other entities are proven to be the most effective strategy to meet the ever-changing workforce needs of regional industries and help jobseekers attain skills that align with business demand. These sector-based workforce strategies align closely with the State’s overarching vision of a unified workforce development system that is regionally coordinated and programmatically seamless, oriented to primarily serve the needs of business demand. It also aligns well with the establishment of economic development priorities by the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) initiative, as well as regional planning by the Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) under WIOA. The funding opportunities under the SP-NEG are designed to further such regional partnerships in support of the State’s workforce vision, the goals of the REDCs, and LWDB Regional Planning.

USDOL/ETA awarded $7M of SP-NEG funding to New York State to provide employment-related services specifically for dislocated workers in industries with strong labor demand. Funds distributed under this grant will be administered in a manner consistent with WIOA. NYSDOL’s award is intended to increase capacity in the State’s ability to implement new or expanded local and regional sector based workforce development partnerships that will serve more dislocated workers and achieve better employment- related outcomes for this group of workers. To accomplish this goal, NYSDOL released five grant solicitations to allow for the tailoring of services to accommodate the wide variety of sector partnerships across the State.

Allowable Costs:

Funds are to be used to assist businesses efforts to effect new hires, specifically the expenses involved with occupational skills training. These WBT funds are reserved for the delivery of occupational skills training to newly-hired dislocated workers in need of additional occupational skills or dislocated workers seeking occupational skills training. Training may take the form of on-site training, off-site training, or distance learning. Occupational skills training is defined as instruction conducted in an institutional or worksite setting designed to provide individuals with, or upgrade in, the skills required to perform a specific job or group of jobs needed by the business.

Applicants may apply for funding to enlist the services of a training provider, pay for in-house instruction, or offer shared training opportunities to priority industry businesses.

Eligible applicants can apply for the following work-based training activities:

1) On The Job Training (OJT)

OJT is training by a business provided to a paid participant while they are engaged in productive work. OJT activities:
a. Provide transferable knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job;
b. Provide 50% reimbursement of either 50% or 75% (depending on business size) to the business of the hourly wage rate of the participant, for the extraordinary costs of providing the training and additional supervision related to the training; and
c. Are 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.

Please note that if the applicant is a LWDB or a training provider, the OJT opportunities and training (see below) must be provided under a contract with a for profit or not-for-profit business in the private sector. Credential attainment is not required to be a part of OJT; however, grant recipients are strongly encouraged to prioritize OJT opportunities that also include a formal training component that leads to an industry recognized credential.

Businesses are required to retain the individual upon successful completion of the training.

2) Registered Apprenticeships

Registered 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. The length of registered apprenticeship training varies from one (1) to six (6) years, depending on the occupation. There is a written contract between the apprentice and the business that acknowledges their shared commitment to the training process. This agreement must be approved and registered by NYSDOL. Please note that any funding awarded under the SP-NEG WBT RFA can only cover the portion of the apprenticeship training that takes place during the contract period and as such can support business investments of indenture to journeyman trainings that occur during the contract period.

3) Occupational Skills Training (OST)

OST for dislocated workers may be paid (new hires that are permanent, temporary, or seasonal) or unpaid (prospective applicants) and the training is:
a. Designed to meet the special requirements of a business or a group of businesses; and
b. Conducted with a commitment from local priority industry business(es) indicating occupational skill related job openings/workforce need and willingness to interview the dislocated workers following training completion.

The costs of outside vendors or in-house trainers to provide on-site or off-site occupational skills training and the costs of textbooks or training materials directly associated with the training is reimbursable under this RFA. Training provided by in-house staff may not be billed at a per trainee rate. NYSDOL will only reimburse for the actual hourly wage rate (salary only, no fringe benefits) of the in-house trainer. Training by in-house staff must be for a minimum of two trainees per course.

Funds may be used for distance learning fees (i.e., the fee for the training slot and software that is required to deliver the program of training) for occupational skills training. This grant will not pay for the cost of any hardware needed in order to access the instruction.

Funds may be used to pay for credentialing exam fees for trainees.

Except for unpaid occupational skill based training, training must take place on company time and trainees must be compensated at no less than their normal rate of pay while attending training.

Trainees cannot contribute to the cost of the training. Training can take place outside of NYS, but please note that the travel and salary costs would still have to be paid by the applicant business.

Other than the two-trainee minimum for in-house training, there is no minimum number of trainees.

Participant Eligibility:

In an effort to establish a pipeline of workers for priority industries, eligible dislocated workers under this RFA must have been newly hired dislocated workers in need of the identified occupational training or unemployed dislocated workers with skill-based barriers to employment in priority industries.

Dislocated workers in SP-NEG WBT funded training programs must be enrolled in a Dislocated Worker program or seeking training to obtain employment or career advancement in priority industries at a NYS Career Center. Applicants are required to work with their LWDBs to identify eligible dislocated workers, unemployed dislocated workers, or employees seeking career advancement to be served.

Please note applicants that propose to serve eligible veterans or engage veterans outreach organization(s) are given additional points in scoring. In addition, dislocated workers who are not UI recipients or exhaustees may self-attest to their eligibility by providing the date of their qualifying job loss in a signed statement.

Partnering with Career Centers:

Dislocated workers served under this RFA must be registered with NYS’s Career Center system in order to ensure that they receive other services as needed. A number of Enhanced Career Services have been identified for funding under the SP-NEG award and will be released under a separate Enhanced Career Services for Dislocated Workers (ECSDW) Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The array of services provided in the ECSDW RFQ will be determined at the discretion of the partnering Career Center. These services may include, but are not limited to: an initial assessment; job search tips and assistance; cover letter and resume writing assistance; interview skills; mock interviews; search guides; JobZone access; referrals for eligible social services; ex-offender programs; immigrant worker programs; assistance to persons with disabilities; and other supports. Services such as additional assessment, career guidance, job search, job matching, counseling or supportive services may be provided when designed to help dislocated workers throughout the training process and to ensure long-term employment after training. The delivery of these enhanced career services should be coordinated with each dislocated worker’s training schedule so that each dislocated worker is fully job ready when training services have been completed.

Applicants may speak with a Career Center Business Services Representative (BSR) for technical assistance or support during the development of the application.

Significant Industries and Sector Partnerships:

Additional points will be awarded to applicants who propose to train dislocated workers for employment in priority industries identified by the REDC and through the REDC Strategic Planning process. Advanced manufacturing was identified as a priority industry by all REDCs as well as the Governor, so applicants providing training in this industry and/or the industry supply chain will be given additional points in SP-NEG WBT RFA application scoring.

Additional points will also be awarded to applicants who can provide evidence of their involvement with established sector partnerships between businesses or business organizations in the targeted regional priority industry, training entities, the workforce system, business intermediaries, and other partners.


-Advanced Manufacturing Industry - Includes businesses using computer, high precision, and information technologies extensively in the process of making, buying, or selling goods or providing services.

-Advanced Manufacturing Industry Supply Chain – Includes businesses involved in the movement of products or services to and/or from a business in the advanced manufacturing industry.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182543

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Single award amounts will not exceed $100,000.

There is no minimum award amount under the SP-NEG WBT program.

Applications that request more than $100,000 will be still be reviewed and scored by NYSDOL. If the application is awardable, NYSDOL will negotiate with the applicant during contract development to reduce project funding and scope to fit within the $100,000 cap. Applications unable to remain viable with the reduced funding will not proceed to contract execution. Therefore, it is highly recommended that applicants keep the cost and scope of applications within the $100,000 award cap.

OJT Wage Reimbursement Rate:

NYDOL has established an OJT wage reimbursement cap policy for SP-NEGs. The reimbursement level to a business may not exceed 75% of the state’s average hourly wage rate for businesses with 100 or fewer employees and 50% of the state’s average hourly wage rate for those with more than 100 employees. New York’s latest reported average hourly wage rate as per USDOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics is $26.75. Businesses may elect to pay dislocated workers more than the state’s average hourly wage but will not be reimbursed beyond the capped level.

If the hourly wage of the trainee is less than New York’s average wage rate of $26.75, the hourly reimbursement rate is calculated by multiplying the hourly wage rate times the reimbursement percentage. For example, the wage reimbursement rate to a business for a trainee making $15 per hour would be $7.50 (50% of $15) or $11.25 (75% of $15) depending upon the business’ number of employees.

Training Cap Per Trainee:

The cap per trainee allowed under this RFA is as follows:
-Newly-Hired Dislocated Worker (including OJT, apprenticeships, and OST) - $7,900
-Unemployed Dislocated Workers receiving OST - $2,500

If the training proposed by the applicant exceeds the caps set above, the applicant must pay the difference. Note that this is a cap per trainee, not an average cost per trainee.

Term of Contract:

Contracts will be awarded for a period not to exceed December 31, 2018.

While the SP-NEG expires as of June 30, 2018, NYSDOL will use additional available federal funding to extend the terms of awarded applicants to enable the realization of more meaningful outcomes for participants. All awardees, including those previously awarded under this RFA, will be afforded the same opportunity for extension to 12/31/18.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include private sector for-profit businesses, private not-for-profit businesses, local LWDBs, 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);

-Are headquartered in NYS or has at least one site located in NYS at the time of application; and

-Are in good standing regarding: Unemployment Insurance (UI); 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.

Unincorporated LWDBs interested in applying must designate the local area’s WIOA grant recipient or fiscal agent as the official grantee for any award made under this offering. LWDBs/One-Stop Operators should not deliver training directly with these WIOA funds.

Multiple operations or locations of an eligible applicant can apply separately, but only if they have different Federal Employer Identification Numbers (FEINs). NYSDOL will confirm that all such branches, locations and companies are not part of a greater whole.

Consultants, trade organizations and other third party entities are not eligible to apply for funds on behalf of other organizations. The use of a grant writer is acceptable, only if the applicant, and not the grant writer, commits to implementing the training/services listed in the application, if a grant is awarded.

Training providers are not limited to those currently listed on the Eligible Training Provider list but are encouraged to explore the registration process with their LWDB.

Applicants that have received an award under NYSDOL’s Dislocated Worker Training National Emergency Grant, Request for Applications #U-30 or U-31, or Job-Driven National Emergency Grant Request for Applications #V-01 or V-14, must successfully complete and close obligate the awarded funds in that contract before applying for SP-NEG WBT funding under this RFA.

Incumbent worker training is not allowable under the Work-Based Training RFA. NYSDOL is offering incumbent worker training funds through a separate RFA. Applicants have the option to apply for either the Incumbent Worker or the Work-Based Training RFA, but not both RFAs concurrently. Upon completion of a funded Incumbent Worker Training (IWT), applicants may apply for Work-Based Training funds to fill the vacancies created by the promoted workers trained under the IWT RFA, if sufficient time and funding remain.

The SP-NEG WDT initiative will only pay for the costs listed above. It will not pay for any of the following items:
-The acquisition, construction, or renovation of buildings or other real estate.
-The purchase of any equipment or operational software.
-Any administrative costs on the part of the contractor.
-Supportive services such as child care, transportation, lodging, and meals for the trainees (any supportive services provided may be funded through the local Career Center).
-Transportation, lodging, and meal costs for trainers.
-Interest costs incurred by provider agencies.
-Costs of organized fund raising.
-Sales training.
-Human resources training.
-Conferences and seminars.
-Stand-alone remedial training.
-Basic safety training, sexual harassment training, diversity training, orientation training (the provision of these types of training are each business’s responsibility and a normal cost of doing business).
-Start-up costs, curriculum development, and assessment costs on the part of the contractor.
-Registration fees.
-Payment of fees associated with attendance at seminars, conferences, or meetings of professional organizations.
-Training required as part of a Federal, State or local government mandate.
-Purchase of videos.
-Any other costs deemed inappropriate by NYSDOL, such as training that does not result in a transferable skill, activities that are determined to be business consulting rather than training (e.g. coaching, follow-up, reinforcement, etc.), and any costs that do not meet the intent of the RFA.

Pre-Application Information:

Questions regarding this RFA will be accepted on an ongoing basis until July 2, 2018. No telephone inquiries will be accepted. Answers to questions will be posted online on an ongoing basis through July 5, 2018.

Applications and required attachments are accepted on an ongoing basis as long as sufficient time and funding remain. Applications must be received by NYSDOL no later than 4:00 PM Eastern Time on July 13, 2018.

Contracts will be paid on a reimbursable payment basis. A grantee must first pay for incurred expenses and then submit a voucher to NYSDOL for reimbursement.

-RFA Release Date – June 21, 2018
-Deadline Date for Questions - July 2, 2018
-Final Date for Responses to Questions - July 5, 2018
-Application Due Date – Ongoing, but no later than 4:00 PM EST on July 13,
-Projected Notification of Awards – As received and reviewed but no later than August 10,
-Latest Possible Contract End Date - December 31, 2018

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit questions to:

All inquiries should include the following reference in the Subject line: “SP-NEG WBT Re-Issue Question”.

Christopher Myers, Employment Services Manager

NYS Department of Labor
Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions
State Office Campus
Building 12, Room 440
Albany, New York 12240
Attention: SP-NEG WBT RFA Re-Issue # SP-10

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SP-NEG WBT RFA Re-Issue #SP-10

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