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MEMO:  AP 04-17

Last Updated: June 25, 2018

DATE: July 12, 2004

TO: WIB Directors; WIB Chairpersons; Grant Recipients

FROM: Lorna Joseph, Director of Program Support

SUBJECT: WIA National Emergency Grants – Application Procedures
America's Workforce Network

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued application procedures for National Emergency Grants (NEGs) in the Federal Register of April 27, 2004.  As of July 1, 2004, all NEGs will initially be submitted to USDOL electronically.  Applications will continue to be coordinated and submitted by the state.  The Federal Register issuance also includes additional and updated information on new policies regarding NEGs.  The Federal Register document is attached. 

Many of the statements in this issuance will be familiar.  In some areas there is a greater emphasis on certain points; there are also a few new policies and procedures, besides the e-application.  Below are some of the new and/or emphasized points. 

  • Collaboration, especially with economic development agencies, is required.  The development of an NEG is best done in conjunction with economic development entities in order to support current and future economic growth in a community.  NEGs are a major tool in building a demand-driven workforce system that integrates workforce investment activities with economic development activities.
  • Maintaining adequate rates of expenditures of available formula funds on a program year basis will be a major criterion in evaluating the need for NEG funding.  The state must have expended 70% of the total available formula, Rapid Response and statewide activities funds by the end of the program year.
  • Applications will be evaluated for reasonableness of costs, planned outcomes and timeliness of planned assistance.  The award of additional increments will be based on demonstrated need, as evidenced by participant activity and accrued expenditures.
  • NEG award funds may be reprogrammed in the year of appropriation, or before the U.S. Department of Labor’s authority to obligate funds has expired.  Generally, NEG funds awarded in the last two months of a program year will not qualify for any reprogramming actions.
  • Although the e-application will be sufficient for USDOL to make initial funding decisions, a more detailed operating plan will need to be developed and submitted within ninety days of the e-application.  The requirements for the operating plan are in the document.
  • Applications should be submitted as soon as possible following official notification or occurrence of an eligible dislocation event.  Applications must be submitted within 120 days of the dislocation event or the date on which the workers included in the application become eligible for services.
  • In general, projects laying off and/or serving less than fifty workers will not be funded.
  • Projects are expected to enroll all participants within six months of the grant award.  In addition, all participants must complete training before the end of the grant. 


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