In order for regions impacted by widespread layoffs to be better positioned to respond to reasonably foreseeable additional layoffs, REI NEGs may include an optional planning component. The planning component may not exceed 15 percent of the overall request for funds, or $250,000, whichever is less. Allowable planning activities include such things as:
- Convening of key regional stakeholders to develop plans that will respond to the current needs of workers impacted by major dislocations;
- Establishing collaborative partnerships, networks, and organizational structures, including expanding staff resources as necessary to successfully collaborate with partners in the region and to manage the process and plan development;
- Developing systems and structures that will be sustainable and responsive to future dislocation events;
- Leveraging and aligning resources to ensure that efforts can move from planning to implementation to sustainability;
- Developing effective and regular external and internal communications among partners in the region.
If an applicant intends to include a planning component in its project, the initial REI NEG application should include language describing the planning component, including the type of planning activities that will take place. It is expected that the leadership group brought together for the direct services component of the NEG will further shape the planning aspect of the grant, if the NEG is awarded.