January 18, 2018
DATE: September 9, 2004
TO: WIB Directors;
WIB Chairpersons; Grant Recipients
FROM: Lorna Joseph,
Director of Program Support
Emergency Grants Funded with 25% Rapid
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) workers.
- The grants are for
Individual Training Accounts (ITAs), on-the-job training (OJT) and intensive
training only; administrative costs will not be funded. The cost for
ITAs, OJT and classroom training (i.e. basic computer skills; remedial
skills) must be in line with the board’s current policy.
Only 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 narrative.
Approved funding will be available in
All participants that are funded with rapid
response 25% assistance funds will be counted in the applicable local area
performance measures. Specific information on CTWBS coding will be
received with the grant award.
In a 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 local area
expected accrued expenditure rate is at least 70% of total available funds;
The number of workers being laid off and the
skill levels relative to the job market;
- The board’s
administration of previous NEGs and current performance management
- The current needs in
the local job market;
- The company’s
eligibility for trade benefits; and
- Anticipated need for
start up funding while a federal NEG application is in process.
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);
A short explanation of the current situation
and why funding is needed;
A timeline for
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; and
A line item budget, including a narrative and
salary information if applicable, a cumulative expenditure schedule and an
this package has been approved by the CTDOL, the board may go ahead and put
together a contract package.
This policy was sent out as an interim policy. There was one comment
submitted on the policy. It was to include “on-the-job training” as a way
the training funds may be spent. This was added to the policy.
additional change is listed under “Overall Guidelines”. After consultation
with USDOL on the treatment of participants relative to performance, it was
clear that all participants must be counted in the applicable local area
performance measures. These participants are to be served in the same
manner as with regular formula funds.
If you have any questions or
comments, please contact Chris Sanders at (860) 263-6583.