November 15, 2016
DATE: July 6, 2004
TO: WIB Directors;
FROM: Lorna Joseph,
Director of Program Support
SUBJECT: Emergency Grants Funded with 25% Rapid Response Set-Aside
Background: Sometimes there are
significant layoffs in a local area, but the number of people laid off is not
sufficient to justify requesting a USDOL National Emergency Grant. In this
situation it may now be possible for local boards to receive some additional
funding for these workers.
Policy: For program year 2004
through 2005 there is $1,370,848 of WIA 25% Rapid Response funds set aside for
significant layoffs and/or plant closings in local workforce investment areas.
Funds may not be used to replace formula funds. A significant layoff is
one that creates a sudden need for assistance above and beyond the on-going
operations of the formula-funded Dislocated Worker Program.
is a finite amount of funding available. At the same time, this is not a
competitive process, but hopefully a way to best serve workers dislocated in
Connecticut. Award funds will be based on a threshold. Dislocations
and numbers of people seeking services are frequently unpredictable, as are the
number of requests received for funding. In all situations, staff will
review the requests, the total amount of funding available at that time and the
current projects, to see what funding might be possible. Modification of
current contracts may be considered in the review process.
Overall guidelines for this funding include, but are not limited to:
This program is targeted to
companies with layoffs of between thirty-five (35) and a hundred fifty (150)
grants are for ITAs and intensive training only; administrative costs will
not be funded. The cost for ITAs and classroom training (i.e. basic
computer skills; remedial skills) must be in line with the board’s current
10% of the total funding amount may be used for costs other than training
costs. Specifics of the 10% funding are explained in the budget
Approved funding will be available in increments.
situation where a board is seeking bridge funding, while applying for
federal NEG funds, the percentage of funds other than training funds may
vary from the 10% policy.
number of criteria will be reviewed in determining what an appropriate layoff
would be for state emergency funding. These will include, but not be
The procedure for procuring funding
will be similar to that of requesting a National Emergency Grant. The need
for the grant must be established with the CTDOL. This would include a
review of the above information and surveys from the workers stating need and
interest in training and post-layoff support. If it is agreed that the
circumstances warrant state funding, the board will put together a short
proposal that will include:
Basic company information (name,
address, phone, type of business, size and timing of the layoff(s);
short explanation of the current situation and why funding is needed;
timeline for the project;
The estimated number of workers to be served; the estimated number of
workers to receive training and/or ITAs;
Any additional activities, like GED or computer classes, that may be needed;
line item budget, including a narrative and salary information if
applicable, a cumulative expenditure schedule and an implementation plan.
this package has been approved by the CTDOL, the board may go ahead and put
together a contract package.
The above are interim
procedures for accessing funds at this time. We invite your comments
within the next thirty days. At that time, this will be released as
policy. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Chris
Sanders at (860) 263-6583.