The age of youth that can be served under the Youth at Work grant is 14 to 24 years of age. There is no age range specified in the Support Services grant requirements.
There may be some overlap, but the Support Services grant is not limited to serving youth and is intended to provide “wrap-around” and other support services that may be outside of traditional job training or credentialing services.
There is no age range specified in the Support Services grant requirements.
If the work plan does not reflect the planned outcomes of your project you may add additional rows at the bottom to include additional outcomes. Please enter "n/a" in the cells of the rows that are not applicable to your program design.
The Support Services grant may be used for activities included under all of the budget categories defined on pages 17-18 of the RFP, not only those items falling under the support services budget category.
Young adults are defined as age 16-24.
Yes, this would be an allowable activity..
A budget narrative is not required. If you choose to include a budget narrative it would be subject to the 10-page narrative limit for the proposal.
Applicants receiving other funding from DEED may apply for the Support Services RFP.
No, applicants are not required to apply for/receive another Racial Equity grant to be eligible for the Support Services grant.
The cost per participant would include all costs, including paid work experience.
Low income community is defined as a geographic area, usually at least a census tract, that has a poverty level of at least 25 percent.
The electronic version of the RFP available on the DEED website includes a link to the Form 2. Click on the Performance Outcomes link while holding the Control key to bring up the electronic version of the form.
Community with employment disparities is a subgroup of the population (such as communities of color, individuals with a disability, youth, etc.) which has a higher unemployment rate than the population as a whole.
Attainment of credentials by participants is encouraged but not required.
Direct Services and Support Services costs are defined in the Budget Category Definitions section of the RFP within the General Definitions section beginning on page 15. Funded activities may be either administration, direct services or support services based on these definitions.
Proposals must be received at DEED by 4:30 pm on Friday, September 30, 2016 as stated in the RFP.
Services to adults are permissible.
The questions in the published Support Services RFP are the items that are required to be addressed in the proposal.
Ex-offenders and individuals in the jail system may be served with this grant.
Attainment of credentials by participants is encouraged but not required. We suggest reviewing the requirements of the RFP to determine whether you feel this is a good fit for your project.
Serving SNAP participants is not required.
All participants served through this grant must be entered in Workforce One and appropriate direct or support services activities entered accordingly. Further guidance will be provided to funded organizations on using Workforce One.
This has not been predetermined.
No, the timeline is intended to allow sufficient time to implement the project.
Evaluation costs should be included in administration.
A history of intergenerational poverty can be determined by the participant's statement that the household income of the current and preceding generation did not exceed 200% of the poverty level.
The SNAP goal of 25% is to encourage targeting SNAP recipients in order to co-enroll participants in SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) opportunities. In order to achieve this goal, it may include linking participants to SNAP benefits in order to also link them to Employment and Training opportunities, or it may include working with participants already enrolled in SNAP in order to link them with SNAP E&T. Once enrolled in SNAP E&T, providers will be able to request reimbursement funds from Food and Nutrition Services to better serve participants who are co-enrolled in SNAP E&T.
SNAP co-enrollment is not required.
Service to SNAP recipients should be reflected in the narrative but not the budget.
The Support Services grant is intended to provide "wrap-around" and other support services that may be outside of traditional job training or credentialing services.
This would be an allowable activity under the Support Services grant.
Grant funds must be used for specific activities that individual participants are engaged in as described in your work plan. The funds may be used for ongoing programming as long as you are able to document and report on the specific individuals served and activities and outcomes achieved with these grant funds.
You may include data relating to services delivered on the work plan. Please add rows at the bottom of the form after the row labeled "Total Exits" for the additional items you wish to include.
Each of the questions in the Proposal Evaluation section must be addressed for a proposal to be considered for maximum points, including the general formatting guidelines outlined at the top of this in that section. Your proposal is not required to follow exact order of the bulleted questions.
Grant funds must be used for specific activities that individual participants are engaged in as described in your work plan. Grantees must use Workforce One, Minnesota's client data tracking system, to record information about individual participants. These grants are not intended to provide support for general agency activities outside of the described project.
A partner is an organization that has committed to contributing something specific to support the activities in the proposal (such as time, staffing/volunteers, resources, space for activities/meetings/staff, referrals, etc.). The commitment can be either cash or in-kind and must be documented in a letter of commitment enclosed with the proposal.
Both of the described activities could be eligible under the Support Services grant.
The components to be addressed in the narrative begin on page 3 of the RFP, under the heading "Proposal Evaluation."
You must submit a total of ten copies, at least one of which must contain the original signature of the agency's authorized representative.
There is no prescribed format for the concise budget back-up. You may use an Excel spreadsheet format.
Yes, this could be considered entered employment for the Support Services grant.
Yes, completion of this intermediate training could be considered a credential for the Support Services RFP.
Adult education is not a required component for the Support Services grant.
The earliest contract start date is 11/21/16 and the end date is 12/31/17. Please follow the timelines on the work plan and budget forms as outlined within the RFP for planning your proposal. Upon selection of proposals, we anticipate budget and workplan forms modifications taking place, with modification of dates.
The young adult target population for this RFP is "young adults coming from families with a history of intergenerational poverty" (the terms "young adults" and "history of intergenerational poverty" is described in another Q & A posted on this webpage). Adults are defined as 18 years and older, we understand there may be some overlap between youth and adult populations. Please be as clear as possible when describing the target population you will be serving.
Purchase of a computer for an individual participant could be allowable under the Support Services budget category if the participant has a documented need for the equipment to participate in/complete the project activities. We do encourage the use of leveraged resources as much as possible to purchase computer equipment.
This could be an allowable use of grant funds.
Allowable expenses would include bus cards, interview clothing, and training scholarships as you stated. This grant would allow case management/navigation expenses and other direct service staff. Grant funds can be used for outreach and recruitment specifically related to the proposed program activities. General agency marketing is not allowable. Paid work experience/internships are allowable.
If a geographic community has a poverty rate lower than 25 percent but a subgroup of the population living in this geography (i.e., African American, Native American, etc.) has a poverty rate greater than 25 percent, this would meet the low-income community definition for the populations targeted with this grant. The legislative intent of these grants is to address disparities among population groups.
Details about your project design will be described by responding to questions in both the Racial Equity Analysis and the Project Goals, Activities and Timetables sections of the RFP.
Wraparound services provide guidance and support that is tailored to meet the unique needs and responsibilities of target populations. At a minimum, wrap around services could include: career assistance, case management, supportive services, college adjustment and retention services, life skills assistance, and employment assistance. College access and college persistence work could be considered a wraparound service.
The letter of commitment must state what the partner organization is providing to support the proposed project. The letter of commitment may contain a summary of information that is included in a grant agreement or site agreement with a partner organization but the grant or site agreement may not be submitted in place of a letter of commitment. If you have 13 different sites/partner organizations, all of those organizations should be listed on the Partnership Chart and provide a letter of commitment.
If the Work Plan (Form 3) and the Performance Outcomes document (Form 2) do not reflect the planned outcomes of your project you may add additional rows at the bottom to include additional outcomes. Please enter "n/a" in the cells of the rows that are not applicable to your program design. You may also add footnotes at the bottom of Form 2 and/or Form 3 to explain why the listed outcomes or reporting timeframes do not apply for your project.
The legislature has currently appropriated one year of funding for the Support Services grants.
Workforce One collects activity data such as credential attainment, basic demographic information of participants, and other participation details. The acquisition of Social Security Numbers is required in Workforce One, and a unique Workforce One ID is created for each participant. However program participation cannot be denied just because an individual refuses to provide their Social Security Number. Workforce One easily exports reports and information via Excel, Adobe, Word, HTML, XML, and TIFF files. Database management within Workforce One is expected for this grant, and therefore, would be expected to be reported as a cost within a proposed budget.
Leveraged funds are encouraged but not required. There is no expected dollar amount of leveraged funds. Workforce One is the tool used for collecting and reporting data for the Support Services grants. If grant funds are used to supplement funds for an existing program, we would expect to see a related increase in the outcomes expected and the grantee should be able to distinguish the outcomes achieved with the new grant funds. One agency will need to serve as the fiscal agent for a group of organizations applying together. The fiscal agent is responsible for monitoring and reporting to DEED that no more than 10% of all grant dollars are expended for administrative purposes throughout the grant (including among sub-recipients of the grant funding).
The cost of background checks for participants would be allowable under the Support Services budget category. Participant stipends would be allowable under the Direct Services budget category. AmeriCorps/VISTA fees would be allowable under the Direct Services category. Software fee would be allowable under the Direct Services category.
Entered employment refers to participants who are working and still in your program, receiving some type of service to help them retain their employment. Exits to employment refers to participants who are leaving the program and no longer receiving services because they have successfully retained their employment.
Partnerships are worth 10/100 points in the "Proposal Evaluation," but are not required.
Any explanation you choose to provide for the Work Plan would be part of the Project Goals, Activities, and Timetables section of the narrative.