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1 U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service Competitive Grants Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Veterans Workforce Investment Program Stand Down Events Disclaimer: U.S. DOL – VETS conducts open and fair grant award competitions and does not guarantee that any one particular grant applicant will be awarded grant funds, even if they follow all the directions provided in this presentation. All grant applications are reviewed, scored, and ranked by the Grant Officer appointed Grant Application Review Panels.

2 Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) Currently authorized under 38 United States Code, Section 2021, as added by Section 5 of Public Law 107-95, the Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001. Section 2021 requires the Secretary of Labor to conduct, directly or through grant or contract, such programs as the Secretary determines appropriate to expedite the reintegration of homeless veterans into the labor force. Administered by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans Employment and Training (OASVET).

3 HVRP Objectives (1) To provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and; (2) To stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.

4 Eligible HVRP Applicants State and Local Workforce Investment Boards Public Agencies (State, County, and City levels) For-profit/Commercial Entities Non-Profit Organizations including faith-based and community organizations. Note: Non-Profit organizations with an IRS Code of 501(c)(4) are ineligible to apply. All HVRP grants are competitively awarded on an annual basis with optional year funding (2 years); based on availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

5 HVRP Grant Categories Urban – 75 Most Populated U.S. Cities Non-Urban – Sites Not Listed as 75 Most Populated U.S. Cities New Grantee – Grantees that have not previously had a USDOL-VETS Grant Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP) Each Category is Separately Competed. Currently 88 HVRP Competitive Grants.

6 HVRP Program Design Employment Focused Outreach Intake Pre-enrollment Assessment Job Placement Services Job Training (OJT, CRT, Licensing, Credentialing, etc.) Counseling Mentoring Support Services And Other Supportive Services to expedite the reintegration of homeless veterans into the labor force.

7 Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Grant Category Pilot Program authorized under 38 United States Code, Section 2022, as added by Section 5 of Public Law 107-95, the Homeless Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001. Partnership between USDOL–VETS and the Department of Veterans Affairs to pilot IVTP at seven (7) demonstration sites. IVTP pilot phase to be completed June 30, 2007, and report to Congress due July 30, 2007.

8 Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Objective Pilot Grantees provide direct services through a case management approach while networking with federal, state, and local resources and veteran support programs to reintegrate previously incarcerated veterans into the workforce. Assistance provided within 18 Months of separation from incarceration.

9 Veterans Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) Authorized under Public Law #105-220, Workforce Investment Act, Section 168 Employment & Training Programs that meet the needs of veterans: –with service-connected disabilities; –veterans who have significant barriers to employment; –veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces during a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, and –recently separated veterans (48 months).

10 VWIP Objectives: To provide services to assist in reintegrating veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force. To stimulate the development of effective delivery systems that will address the complex employment problems facing veterans.

11 Eligible VWIP Applicants State and Local Workforce Investment Boards Public Agencies (State, County, and City levels) Non-Profit Organizations, including faith-based and community organizations Note: Non-Profit organizations with an IRS Code of 501(c)(4) are ineligible to apply. All VWIP grants are competitively awarded on an annual basis with optional year funding (2 years); based on availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

12 VWIP Program Design Employment Focused Outreach Intake Pre-enrollment Assessment Job Placement Services Job Training (OJT, CRT, Licensing, Credentialing, etc.) Counseling Mentoring Support Services And Other Supportive Services to expedite the reintegration of eligible veterans into the labor force.

13 On-Line Application Process HVRP/VWIP Applicants may apply on-line at: www.grants.gov Applicants are to initiate and complete Get Started registration steps at: www.grants.gov/GetStarted As it may take several days to complete. Electronic applications submitted and saved as.doc,.pdf., or.txt files Or submit hard copy application to Grant Officer address listed in SGA.

14 DUNS # and CCR All Grant Applicants have to obtain a: Dun and Bradstreet Number (DUNS) at website: http://www.dunandbradstreet.com or by phone at 1-866-705-5711http://www.dunandbradstreet.com Central Contractor Registration (CCR) at website: www.ccr.gov or by phone atwww.ccr.gov 1-888-227-2423.

15 Grant Application There are three (3) parts to a HVRP/VWIP Grant Application: 1. Executive Summary – 1 to 2 pages 2. Technical Proposal – NTE 15 pages 3. Cost Proposal – no stated limit Total application NTE 75 single sided pages.

16 Executive Summary Reflects the grantees overall strategy. Proposed area to be served. Years of service to the community. Projects and activities that will expedite the reintegration of homeless veterans into the workforce. Summary of timeline, outcomes, benefits, and value added by the project.

17 Required Content Technical Proposal Programs must be employment focused Outreach component Pre-enrollment Assessment Individual Employment Plan Case Management Job Placement Job Retention Follow-Up (90, 180, & 270 days) Coordination with DVOP/LVER Staff Community Linkages to programs and services

18 Suggested Format for Technical Proposal Need for the Program Approach or Strategy to Increase Employment and Job Retention Linkages (local, state, and federal) Proposed Supportive Service Strategy Organizational Capability Proposed Housing Strategy (for HVRP)

19 HVRP Application Evaluation Criteria for PY 2006 Need for grant program – 10 points Overall Strategy to increase employment and retention in employment – 35 points Quality and extent of linkages with other providers of services to the homeless and veterans – 20 points Demonstrated capability in providing required program services, including programming reporting and participant tracking – 25 points Quality of overall housing strategy – 10 points

20 VWIP Application Evaluation Criteria for PY 2006 Need for grant program – 20 points Overall Strategy to increase employment and retention in employment – 40 points Quality and extent of linkages with other service providers – 20 points Demonstrated capability in providing required program services, including programming reporting and participant tracking – 20 points

21 Cost Proposal Content Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424) Budget Information Sheet (SF-424A) Budget Narrative Assurances and Certification Page Financial Audits (within past 18 months) List of all Employment and Training Grants and Contracts for the past three (3) years. Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants

22 SF 424 SF 424 Signed Original Grant Application Forms located at website address: www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/grants_forms.html and at www.dol.gov/vets www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/grants_forms.htmlwww.dol.gov/vets Areas Affected by Project (block 12) – as determined by the grant applicant No matching funds required but encouraged Grantee Programmatic Point of Contact

23 SF-424A Object Class Categories Personnel Fringe Benefits (NTE 35% of salaries & wages) Travel (Natl Trng Conference and local mileage) Equipment (NTE $5,000 per unit) Supplies (general office supplies) Contractual (training, services, etc.) Other (participant supportive services, Stand Down Support NTE $8K per year, etc.)

24 Administrative Costs Administrative Costs shall consist of all direct and indirect costs associated with the supervision and management of the program. These costs shall include administrative costs, both direct and indirect, of sub-recipients and contractors. HVRP Administrative Costs will not exceed 20% of total grant award. VWIP Administrative Costs will not exceed 10% of total grant award.

25 Indirect Costs If Indirect Costs are indicated on SF-424A, applicants must submit a copy of the signed negotiated agreement. If grant applicant does not have an Indirect Cost Rate, they may propose a rate with justification. Successful applicants will be required to negotiate a rate within 90 days of grant award. Contact your DOL Regional Office of Cost Determination or ask DVET for referral.

26 HVRP/VWIP Participant Training At least 80% of the enrolled participants must participate in training activities – not new. Training Activities Include: basic skills, remedial education, life skills and money management, on- the-job training, classroom training, vocational training, specialized and/or licensing training, and other formal training programs as deemed appropriate to benefit the participant.

27 HVRP/VWIP Performance Goals Make Performance Goals Realistic. Planned goals will be in the grant award agreement. Too many enrollments will dilute your placement rate if they dont get a job. For example: 300 enrollments but only 100 were placed into employment = a 33% placement rate. 66% minimum PY 2007 Placement Rate. 59% minimum PY 2007 180-Day Retention Rate.

28 HVRP/VWIP Follow-Up Activities Grantees must plan and obligate funds in their budget proposal for follow-up activities at 90, 180, and 270 days after the grant expiration (to track and obtain required participant retention in employment data). Grantees should mention their participant and financial tracking mechanisms in their technical narrative proposal.

29 Assistance with DVA Claims All HVRP/VWIP Grantees are to perform a preliminary assessment of each participants eligibility for Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) service-connected disability, compensation, and/or pension benefits. Grantees are to work with Veteran Service Organizations or refer participants to DVA in order to file a claim for compensation. Grantees are to track progress of claims and report outcomes in case management records.

30 FY 2006 HVRP Grants $21,780,000 FY 2006 Allocation $2 M 3rd Year (7) Incarcerated Pilots $1.7 M 2 nd Year (7) Grants $6.9 M 3rd Year (30) Grants $10.5 M 1 st Year (42) Grants $275,000 Stand Down Grants $78K Natl T/A Grant with NCHV

31 FY 2007 HVRP HVRP Allocation for FY 2007 $21,809,000 $12.2 M already obligated for 2 nd & 3 rd Optional Year Funding of existing grants (49) $300K for Stand Down Grant Awards Expect approximately $8.2 M available for HVRP Urban and Non-Urban competition to be announced in March 2007 in a Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA). SGA is in the Departmental clearance process now and expected to be approved shortly.

32 VWIP PY 2006/2007 Grants PY 2006 VWIP Allocation $7,425,000 12 Competitive VWIP Grants @ $6.9M 1 Incarcerated Pilot in Colorado @ $255K 2 Hurricane Katrina/Rita Emergency Grants @ $198K VWIP PY 2007 Allocation $7,435,000 All 12 Competitive Grants expected to receive 2 nd year PY 2007 optional funding.

33 Helpful Hints Read and Follow the Instructions in the Solicitation for Grant Applications. Take note of the funding maximums. You can apply for more than one grant category, if you meet the eligibility requirements. Submit Formal MOUs and Network POC Lists. Dont forget to indicate start-up timeframe. Dont forget to mention emergency, transitional, and permanent housing strategy & housing MOUs. How are participants surviving while in training?

34 Helpful Hints –Cont Dont forget your DVOP and LVER linkages to the One Stop System (DOL VETS Funded). Dont forget to submit financial audits w/i 18 mos. Dont forget to submit final performance reports – grant reviewers do not have access to previously submitted reports – just the application itself. Can provide small tokens to participants in order to reward them and get your follow-up information (bus tokens, laundry tokens, gift certificates for gas, work clothes, food, etc.) but not cash.

35 Stand Down Grant Awards A Stand Down is a local event held usually for three (3) days, where an variety of services and referrals for services are provided to homeless veterans – mostly all volunteer effort. Services include shelter, meals, clothing, employment services, and health screenings. These events are often the catalyst that enables homeless veterans to get back into mainstream society.

36 Stand Down Grant Awards – Cont HVRP Grantees are expected to attend and participate at all local Stand Down events. VETS allows HVRP Grantees up to $10,000 per year of their existing grant budget to support Stand Down efforts for outreach purposes. VETS also awards up to $7,000 for one (1) day Stand Down events and up to $10,000 for events lasting several days upon request to entities that do not have a competitive HVRP grant – look for announcement in the Federal Register.

37 Stand Down Grant Application Grantee Cover Letter Requesting Funds SF 424 SF 424A Budget Narrative Letters of Support (especially DVOP/LVER, DVA, HUD, and Veterans Service Organizations) Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants

38 Stand Down Grant Awards Limit of $10,000 effective January 1, 2007 Funding must be used to enhance employment and training opportunities -or- to promote self- sustainment for homeless veterans. Examples: food items, prepared meals, bottled water, clothing (including shoes, boots, underwear, socks, coats. etc.) sleeping bags, hygiene care kits, backpacks filled with food, tents, tarps, facility and tent rentals, transportation to and from Stand Down event, event posters, etc.

39 Where to send Stand Down Grant Applications: Send Stand Down Grant Applications to the U.S. DOL-VETS State Director (DVET) for your State located at website address: http://www.dol.gov/vets/aboutvets/contacts/main.htm http://www.dol.gov/vets/aboutvets/contacts/main.htm DVET reviews the applications, makes a recommendation for approval/disapproval, and forwards thru their respective Regional Office – also serves at the Grant Officer Technical Rep. Regional Office reviews, makes recommendation for approval/disapproval, and forwards to the National Office Competitive Grants Lead.

40 More Information For more information about our employment and training programs and services, please go to our website at: www.dol.gov/vets Click on: - What Grants Are Available? -HVRP -VWIP - Stand Down Events


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