U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210
June 11, 1999
|DIRECTIVE||:||TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 31-98|
|TO||:||ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS
Office of Regional Management
|SUBJECT||:||State Roles for Youth Opportunity Grants|
Purpose. To provide States a copy of the solicitation announcing the Youth Opportunity Grants and to describe the States' roles in giving support to Youth Opportunity Grant applicants.
Reference. Solicitation of Grant Announcement (SGA), Federal Register, Volume 64, No. 105, page 29672-29691, Wednesday, June 2, 1999.
Background. Section 169 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 authorizes funding for Youth Opportunity Grants to serve youth living in high poverty areas. These grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible local workforce investment boards, other administrative entities receiving formula funds under Job Training Partnership Act, and designated Native American programs as prescribed in Section 166 of WIA.
State Roles. Under WIA, the Governor may designate eligible areas, consistent with the requirements of the Act. States may also provide technical assistance and resources to local areas in developing their grant applications, particularly to rural areas and Native American applicants.
(a)Area Designation. (i) Section 169 of WIA authorizes Governors in States without Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities (EZ/ECs) to designate high poverty areas in their States as eligible to apply for Youth Opportunity Grants. (ii) Section 169 also authorizes Governors with EZ/ECs to designate up to two (2) additional high poverty areas as eligible to apply for these grants. Such additional areas in States with EZ/ECs must meet the poverty criteria for EZ/ECs set forth in Section 1392 (a)(4),(b), a,(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
States may need to set up procedures for areas to determine the applicant's eligibility for designation. Upon designation approval, a letter must be sent to the local entity, signed by the Governor, describing how the target area was designated. A copy of the designation letter must be submitted with the applicant's proposal.
(b)Technical Assistance and Resources. Rural areas and Native Americans applying for these grants may not have as many resources available as urban areas may have. The Department encourages States and local areas to provide technical assistance to rural areas and to collaborate with Native American applicants in preparing their proposals. The use of complementary resources, such as integration into the One-Stop System, to rural and sizable urban Native American projects may be considered.
Technical Assistance Conferences. The Department will be holding Technical Assistance Conferences for local sites wishing to apply for these grants. States are welcome to send representatives. Dates and locations for the conferences are as follows:
|June 15||District of Columbia|
|June 16||Chicago, Illinois|
|June 23||Denver (Native American grant applicants only)|
|June 24||Los Angeles, California|
|June 29||Atlanta, Georgia|
Specific information regarding sites and times for the conferences will be sent directly to all SDAs, and can be accessed by calling the Youth Opportunity Grants Technical Assistance Conference Headquarters at (703) 299-1680.
Action Required. Encourage the designation of the additional eligible areas as soon as possible so that applicants from these areas will not be at a competitive disadvantage with applicants from EZ/EC communities.
Inquiries. Questions should be addressed to Karen Clark or David Lah in the Office of Job Training Programs at(202) 219-6236 and (202) 219-5305, respectively.
Attachment. Solicitation of Grant Announcement.