U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

JTPA/Capacity Building

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TDCR

ISSUE DATE

March 25, 1994

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 43-93
 
TO : ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL STATE WAGNER-PEYSER ADMINISTERING AGENCIES
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
 
FROM : BARBARA ANN FARMER
Administrator
for Regional Management
 
SUBJECT : Capacity-Building Challenge Grants

  1. Purpose. To announce the issuance of the Solicitation for Grant Application (SGA) for Capacity-Building Challenge Grants.

  2. Reference. None

  3. Background. The challenge grants are designed to encourage original and resourceful training ideas to improve the capacity of frontline staff across the employment and training community. Workable ideas will be publicized and replicated throughout the system as part of the larger capacity-building strategy.

  4. Further Information. The SGA for Capacity-Building Challenge Grants was sent to Governors on March 18; proposals must be submitted by April 29. The competition for the grants is limited to Governors, i.e., all applications must be submitted through a Governor's office. The Governor has the authority to decide how the grant applications are to be developed within each State and may assign the responsibility for the grant within the State at his or her discretion.

    While recognizing the Governor's ultimate decisionmaking authority concerning this SGA, we would like to emphasize that, from the Federal standpoint, participation from the entire State-wide employment and training community is allowable and encouraged.

    Any appropriate State agency--Employment Service, Job Training Partnership Act programs, welfare agency work programs, State Occupational Information Coordinating Committees, State training institutions, education agencies, etc.--could be a potential collaborator in the development of grant proposals. In addition, broadly based national organizations, e.g., International Association of Personnel in Employment Security, Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies, National Governors' Association, National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, or community-based organizations, e.g., National Council of La Raza, Opportunities Industrialization Centers, could assist, if the Governor wishes, in developing proposals in concert with a State. Further, consortia of state organizations as well as multi-State configurations, are not precluded from participation, subject to the discretion of the Governor. Governors may also subcontract portions of the grant to local organizations within the State, e.g., Service Delivery Areas, Substate Grantees, community colleges, etc.

    The names of organizations cited above should be considered illustrative, not exhaustive. The Federal guidelines pertaining to this SGA do not preclude any potential eligible collaborator.

  5. Number of Applications per State. States may submit multiple applications in response to the SGA. However, it should be understood that we do not anticipate funding more than one grant in any State.

  6. Matching Funds. The SGA section on the Application Process (PART III, 1.) reads as follows: "Each grant must be matched by an amount equal to thirty percent (30%) of

    the applied-for amount." It should be noted that higher percentages of matching funds are encouraged. Matching funds that exceed the minimum requirements in terms of percentage of total budget and ratio of cash to in-kind will be given greater weight in the rating process. (PART V - RATING CRITERIA FOR AWARD; 2. Demonstrated Capacity)

  7. Inquiries. Specific questions about the SGA should be directed to the appropriate Governor's office. If there are questions about the capacity-building strategy and challenge grants in general, they should be directed to Elaine Kolodny or Jim Zurer on (202) 219-5229.