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SP National Emergency Grant Frequently Asked Questions

SP NEG Frequently Asked Questions




Customized Training

What is customized training?

Customized training is training that is designed to meet the special requirements of an employer (including a group of employers), that is conducted with a commitment by the employer to employ an individual on the successful completion of the training, and for which the employer pays for a significant portion of the cost of the training as described in WIOA sec. 3(14).

Employer Partners

What format should applicants use to submit the names of current or targeted employers?

The names of employer partners may be submitted as a separate attachment, or may be included in the Narrative Statements section that accompanies the Planning Form area of the application. Applicants should not use the Employers/Events section of the application to submit the names of employer partners. This section is reserved for employers where layoffs event have occurred, so applicants should refer to the SP NEG User Guide for how to fill-out the Employers/Events section.

Employer Partnerships

How many employer partnerships are required? Must they be existing partnerships, or can applications include targeted partnerships?

Sector strategies should be based on robust employer partnerships. Applicants must identify at least three employer partnerships per industry sector, which may be already existing partnerships or those targeted for development.

Foreign-trained workers

Are there special eligibility requirements for foreign-trained workers that have faced barriers to obtaining employment in their field or profession?

There are no special eligibility requirements for this targeted population and SP-NEG services may be provided to individuals that can demonstrate layoff or termination from their previous employer, regardless of the location of the employment and layoff, if the individual: (1) meets the criteria as described in Training and Employment Letter 31-14 for the target population for SP NEGs; (2) is eligible as determined by the state (or other SP NEG grantee) under the state’s Dislocated Worker formula program; and (3) can provide appropriate documentation to verify layoff or termination from their previous employer. The state will determine the type of documentation required to demonstrate eligibility, which should be consistent with state policies for Dislocated Worker and NEG eligibility determination. These records should be kept on file for monitoring and audit purposes.

Funding Percentages

Are the percentage of funds discussed in the TEGL of the total grant amount?

Yes, all of the percentages discussed in TEGL 31-14 are of the total amount requested. For example, 10 percent of the total budget requested may be used for incumbent worker training.

Incumbent Worker Training

Under what conditions can an individual be served as an incumbent worker?

There are two primary ways in which incumbent workers may be served by the SP NEG:1) They were dislocated from a previous full-time job but have been unable to return to full-time employment; or 2) They were forced to take a reduction in hours for economic reasons, e.g. to avoid a layoff with their current employer.

Regional Planning

Is regional planning a required or optional component of a proposed SP NEG project?

SP NEG projects must be aligned with and support regional planning activities. Therefore, if one or more strategic plans currently exist within the region, applicants must describe in their narrative how the SP NEG activities will support and align with prexisting plans. Or, if a plan exists but requires additional work to ensure alignment with the proposed SP NEG project, describe the additional planning that will be undertaken with the SP NEG. Or if no current plan exists, describe how the strategic planning portion of the proposed SP NEG project will develope a comprehensive plan for the region or community.

Regional Planning

Where in the budget forms should the Regional Planning and Strategies be reflected?

These costs can be categorized as “Other” costs as appropriate at the Grantee Level and Project Operator level of the NEG Planning form. These costs should also be delineated in the Budget Narrative that accompanies them SF-424A. Please note, if there are other allowable additional costs these should also be included on the “Other” line item.

Work-based Learning

Does the 30% training requirement include work-based training only, or all types of training?

The 30% requirement is for all types training. Work-based training may comprise 30% of the funds requested, but it is not required.

Work-based Learning

Where on the Planning form should applicants reflect work-based learning activities?

The TEGL indicates that work-based learning activities should be included in the grant application under the existing "OJT" fields. All work-based training should be recorded under OJT on the Planning Form. This is a shift from previous NEG guidance, and reflects increasing emphasis on work-based training activities.