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Schools-to-Work Program Grant (STWP)

Grants to Pennsylvania Registered Entities in Partnership with Schools
and School Districts for Collaborative Employment Training Programs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I)

Deadline Date:

04/14/21 4:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania registered entities in partnership with schools and school districts to create collaborative employment training programs. Consideration will be given to programs including apprenticeships, internships, workplace visits, and job shadowing. The proposal must focus on building a program to fill current and anticipated labor market needs in the given geographical area.

L&I will be establishing a Schools-to-Work Program through the competitive award of a grant(s) to a sponsor(s) in partnership with schools in the commonwealth to support the establishment or enhancement of a workforce development partnership between schools, employers, organizations, or associations to create employment and training pathways. The project proposal must create learning opportunities for participating students, including classroom training, workplace visits, internships, apprenticeships, mentorships, employment opportunities, special education transition, Capstone Cooperative Education, job shadowing or externships. 

A successful program will:

  • Focus on robust outcomes which may include the attainment of industry-recognized qualifications, certifications or college credits, and an explanation of how college credits earned will be transcripted and transferrable, pathways for transition to a registered apprenticeship program, post-secondary education program or employment;
  • Demonstrate existing qualified program personnel, or identification of additional personnel needed, if any, to establish or increase program capacity to meet or contribute toward meeting current and anticipated regional labor market needs;
  • Include detailed program curricula demonstrating its tie to the outcomes.

Allowable Direct Costs: Allowable costs include, but are not limited to, education and training costs, customer service costs, barrier remediation costs, support services costs, outreach and recruitment costs, and administrative costs (must not exceed 10 percent of total amount requested). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195063

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,600,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded in maximum increments of $250,000.

Term of Contract:

STWP funding is anticipated to be used for grant-related activities from June 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Eligible applicants must be an entity that is or will be registered with the department as a pre-apprenticeship program and which will have the full responsibility for the administration and operation of the program. This applicant will be the program “sponsor”.
- The sponsor must be partnered with at least one school in a school district, charter school, regional charter school, cyber charter school, intermediate unit or career and technical school.
- The applicant must be capable of bringing together business, education, workforce, community, and other partners to achieve the overall project goals of this NGA. Additionally, the applicant must demonstrate the ability to coordinate the project design and implementation of the project, manage the project budget, and implement a strategy to collect, analyze, and report performance outcomes.

- Additionally, applicants must have a PA SAP Vendor Identification Number and be able to comply with the Workforce Grant agreement. Applicants who cannot meet these additional requirements at the time of award will relinquish their award.

- Fiscal agents include eligible applicants as detailed above. If organizations apply as a partnership, the application must appoint a single entity as the lead applicant who must also act as fiscal agent. The fiscal agent will receive, manage, and disburse grant funds.

Unallowable Costs: Unallowable costs include pre-award costs, building construction, and procuring lobbying services and all other costs not associated with the direct performance of the award. Pre-award costs are incurred at the applicant’s risk. L&I is under no obligation to reimburse such costs if for any reason the applicant does not receive an award or if the award is made for a lesser amount than the applicant expected. L&I reserves the right to disallow any costs that do not align with the approved grant proposal and/or the notice of grant award.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- March 12, 2021: Notice of Grant Availability (NGA) Release Date
- April 14, 2021 at 4 P.M. EST: Application Due Date. Late applications will not be accepted.
- June 1, 2021: Contract Start Date
- December 31, 2023: Contract End Date
- February 29, 2024: Final Program Report

Applicants will be notified in writing within 30 days after the award determination.

Applicants must submit a detailed budget that includes expenditures by line item. The budget will be evaluated based on the Evaluation Criteria (see https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Documents/STWG/STWG-NGA.pdf#page=3), and in terms of cost reasonableness and the relationship to proposed activities. The budget will also become the financial basis for any grant award, including making cost reimbursement payments over the course of the project.

While matching funds are not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to leverage federal and non-commonwealth resources, including, but not limited to, WIOA, Adult Basic Education, TANF, SNAP, philanthropic resources, employer contributions, and other resources to reach their project goals. Applicants are also encouraged to use existing staff, facilities, and equipment, and other in-kind resources to reach their project goals. Finally, STWP funding should supplement, not supplant, existing public and private resources (e.g. other federal or state grants and philanthropic contributions, cash, in-kind, etc.). Proposals should demonstrate efficient and effective use of resources.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be submitted to the RA-LI-BWDA-GS@pa.gov resource account with the email subject:
“Schools-To-Work Program NGA Application – Program Year 2020.”

Questions regarding the content of this NGA must be submitted in writing to RA-LI-BWDA-GS@pa.gov

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1306 Labor & Industry Building
651 Boas Street
Harrisburg, PA 17121

Phone: 717-787-1971
Toll Free: 1-866-673-7838 or 1-866-6 SERVE U

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