[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 191 (Monday, October 4, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 61180-61197]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant 
Applications (SGA) for YouthBuild Grants

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of 
Labor.
    Announcement Type: Notice of Solicitation for Grant Applications.
    Funding Opportunity Number: SGA/DFA PY 10-02.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 17.274.
    Key Dates: The closing date for receipt of applications under this 
announcement is December 3, 2010. Applications must be received no 
later than 4 p.m. Eastern Time. A Virtual Prospective Applicant 
Conference (Webinar) will be held for this grant competition. The date 
and access information for this Virtual Prospective Applicant 
Conference will be posted on ETA's Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/youth%5Fservices/youthbuildgrantee.cfm. While a review of this Webinar 
is encouraged, it is not mandatory that applicants view this recording.

SUMMARY: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. 
Department of Labor (DOL, or the Department), announces the 
availability of up to approximately $130 million in grant funds for 
YouthBuild Grants (the final amount available depends upon the amount 
of funds appropriated for YouthBuild in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 
Department of Labor Appropriations Act). These funds are from separate 
appropriations and will be awarded separately. Thirty million dollars 
in FY 2010 funds are available for immediate award and will be reserved 
for awards to organizations that did not receive funding in the FY 2009 
YouthBuild competition [SGA/DFA PY 08-07]. Awards from the FY 2011 
appropriation will be selected after April 1, 2011, pending 
availability of funds.
    YouthBuild Grants will be awarded through a competitive process. 
Grant funds will be used to provide disadvantaged youth with: The 
education and employment skills necessary to achieve economic self-
sufficiency in occupations in high demand and postsecondary education 
and training opportunities; opportunities for meaningful work and 
service to their communities; and opportunities to develop employment 
and leadership skills and a commitment to community development among 
youth in low-income communities. As part of their program, YouthBuild 
grantees will tap the energies and talents of disadvantaged youth to 
increase the supply of permanent affordable housing for homeless 
individuals and low-income families and to help youth develop the 
leadership, learning, and high-demand occupational skills needed to 
succeed in today's global economy.
    Based on the amount of FY 2010 funds available and our projections 
for FY 2011 funding, DOL hopes to serve approximately 8,500 youth 
participants during the grant period of performance, with projects 
operating in approximately 128 communities across the country. Under 
this solicitation, DOL will be awarding grants to organizations to 
oversee the provision of education and employment services to 
disadvantaged youth in their communities. Each applicant should 
indicate the proposed number of participants to be served based on an 
average cost per participant of between $15,000 and $18,000.
    This solicitation provides background information and describes the 
application submission requirements, outlines the process that eligible 
entities must use to apply for funds covered by this solicitation, and 
details the evaluation criteria used as a basis for selecting grantees. 
Applicants should read the entire SGA and note specific sections that 
contain required information, such as in Section III.D, Section IV.B, 
and Section V.A, where failure to comply will be considered non-
responsive and those applicants will then not be considered for 
funding.
    The Department is committed to providing the public with an open 
and transparent grant selection process and to providing useful 
information to assist prospective applicants with developing quality 
proposals. One way to achieve these goals is through public access to 
selected and non-selected grant applications. Applicants are advised 
that the information they submit in response to this solicitation may 
be posted on a publicly accessible Web site or may otherwise be made 
available to the public.

ADDRESSES: Mailed applications must be addressed to the U.S. Department 
of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Federal 
Assistance, Attention: Donna Kelly, Grant Officer, Reference SGA/DFA PY 
10-02, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N4716, Washington, DC 20210. 
For complete ``Application and Submission Information,'' please refer 
to section IV.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This solicitation consists of nine sections:
     Section I provides background information on YouthBuild, 
YouthBuild program objectives, and additional information on the key 
components of YouthBuild to consider when preparing an application.
     Section II describes the size and nature of the 
anticipated awards.
     Section III describes eligibility information.
     Section IV provides information on the application and 
submission process.
     Section V describes the criteria against which 
applications will be reviewed and explains the proposal review process.
     Section VI provides award administration information.
     Section VII contains ETA agency contact information.
     Section VIII lists additional resources of interest to 
applicants.
     Section IX lists other pertinent information.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that 
simultaneously addresses several core issues facing low-income 
communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and 
leadership development. Part A of this section provides a background of 
the YouthBuild program. Part B describes the core objectives of the 
YouthBuild program, with Part C providing additional information on key 
components of YouthBuild to consider when preparing a grant 
application.

A. Background

    The YouthBuild model balances in-school learning that leads to the 
achievement of a high school diploma or passing the General Education 
Development (GED) test, and construction skills training that prepares 
youth for career placement. The in-school component is an alternative 
education program that assists youth

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who are often significantly behind in basic skills to obtain a high 
school diploma or GED credential. The primary target populations for 
YouthBuild are high school dropouts who may also be adjudicated youth, 
youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, and other at-
risk youth populations. The YouthBuild model enables these youth to 
access the education they need to move on to post-secondary education 
and/or high-growth, high-demand jobs which will enable them to prosper 
in the 21st century economy. There are currently over 200 YouthBuild 
programs operating in the United States, funded through various 
sources.
    YouthBuild was started in East Harlem, New York in 1978 to provide 
education services for youth and teach construction skills while 
renovating and building homes for low-income families. It was 
replicated in five locations in New York City during the 1980s. In 
1993, the YouthBuild program was established by Federal statute and the 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was designated 
as the agency responsible for administering the program.
    The YouthBuild Transfer Act (Pub. L. 109-281), enacted in September 
2006, transferred the statutory authority for the program, with needed 
modifications and improvements, to subtitle D of Title I of the 
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) (29 U.S.C. 2918a).
    Since its inception, the primary purpose of the YouthBuild program 
has been to provide job training and employment opportunities for 
disadvantaged youth. ETA will leverage its significant expertise and 
resources in the area of workforce investment under WIA to strengthen 
YouthBuild grantees' connections to One-Stop Career Centers and the 
Department's registered apprenticeship programs; leverage investments 
such as the Community-Based Job Training grants (http://www.doleta.gov/business/Community-BasedJobTrainingGrants.cfm); improve access to the 
post-secondary and community college system; and broker connections to 
the workforce system's business partners.

B. YouthBuild Program Objectives

    Funds made available through the YouthBuild grants will be used to 
carry out a YouthBuild program with the following core objectives:
     To enable disadvantaged youth to obtain the education and 
employment skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency in 
occupations in demand and post-secondary education and training 
opportunities;
     To provide disadvantaged youth with opportunities for 
meaningful work and service to their communities;
     To foster the development of employment and leadership 
skills and commitment to community development among youth in low-
income communities; and
     To expand the supply of permanent affordable housing for 
homeless individuals and low-income families by utilizing the energies 
and talents of disadvantaged youth.

C. Key Components and Additional Information About the YouthBuild Grant 
Application Process

    Although there is no way to address every question in this 
solicitation, the following questions are frequently asked and are 
included for your information.
What type of information should be addressed in the design of the 
program?
    Section IV Part II of the application contains information about 
the Technical Proposal, which should address specific grant 
requirements identified in Section A of Part V of this SGA. Applicants 
applying for these grants are asked to describe their community, the 
youth to be served, the need for this Federal support, and their plan 
for providing education, skills training, and leadership development 
services to youth. They must also demonstrate that they have 
established partnerships with--or made a good faith effort to establish 
partnerships with--Local Workforce Investment Boards, the public school 
system, local community colleges, the juvenile justice system, 
registered apprenticeship programs, disability and mental health 
organizations, local faith-based and community organizations that serve 
at-risk and disadvantaged youth, and/or the local housing authority. 
Applicants are expected to identify their plan to leverage other 
Federal, State, or local funding, as well as private funding sources, 
to provide other ``wraparound'' supportive services as well as to 
support the costs associated with their defined construction project. 
Applicants are asked to describe their previous experience operating 
YouthBuild or youth workforce development programs of similar 
complexity that provide at-risk youth with educational and skill 
training in housing rehabilitation and construction activities. They 
are also asked to describe their organization's ability to manage this 
grant. In addition, applicants are asked to describe how occupational 
safety is addressed at their worksite. Applicants must provide a 
description of the worksite, using ETA Form 9143, that will be used to 
train YouthBuild participants and must provide the necessary paperwork 
that indicates access to this property has been granted for the program 
and participants. Finally, applicants are asked to discuss any training 
that is being provided in ``green'' construction.
What size grants are available?
    Applicants can apply for three-year grants (two years of program 
operations with a nine- to twelve-month follow-up period) that will 
range from $700,000 to $1.1 million. These awards will support two 
years of core program operations (education, occupational skills 
training, and youth leadership development activities) plus an 
additional nine to twelve months of follow-up support services and 
tracking of participant outcomes for each cohort of youth. A minimum of 
five percent of total funds should be reserved for the nine- to twelve-
month follow-up period.
If an organization was selected to receive a new award in FY 2009 
(awarded July 2009), are they eligible to apply in this YouthBuild 
competition?
    Yes; however, grantees who received funding from the FY 2009 
YouthBuild competition [SGA/DFA PY 08-07], (including any affiliates or 
members or affiliates of a grantee's leadership team) will not receive 
funding from the $30 million remaining in FY 2010 funds. Projects 
funded from the $30 million in FY 2010 funds will be limited to 
applications submitted by organizations that did not receive funding 
from the FY 2009 YouthBuild competition [SGA/DFA PY 08-07]. If grantees 
who received funding from the FY 2009 YouthBuild [SGA/DFA PY 08-07] 
competition are selected for award in this competition, they will be 
funded from the FY 2011 appropriation, pending availability of funds. 
If an applicant that did not receive funding in the FY 2009 YouthBuild 
competition [SGA/DFA PY 08-07] does not receive an award from the 
approximately $30 million remaining in FY 2010 funds, their application 
will automatically be considered for an award from the FY 2011 
appropriation.
 What roles must partners play in partnerships?
    Because disadvantaged youth possess a wide range of challenges that 
must be addressed through multiple strategies, prospective applicants 
must identify resources and services provided by faith-based and 
community organizations, government entities, and other youth-serving 
organizations. Collaboration across youth-serving agencies/
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success of any youth initiative or program. A single organization does 
not typically have the resources to respond to the myriad of issues 
that impact youth most in need.
    Partnerships and their roles will vary depending on the applicant's 
strategy and participant needs. However, DOL expects that the applicant 
will make a good-faith effort to attract the following partners and 
that each collaborative partner will, at a minimum, contribute as 
described below.
    Education and training providers (Kindergarten through 12, adult 
education, community and technical colleges, 4-year colleges and 
universities, and other training entities) are important foundational 
partners to ensure the project's activities are tied to the broader 
continuum of education providers in the community. YouthBuild programs 
should have explicit, well-defined pathways to post-secondary 
educational opportunities such as community and 4-year colleges, 
registered apprenticeship programs, and other occupational training 
programs whenever possible to ensure the smooth transition of 
YouthBuild participants.
    Employers (including professional organizations and trade 
associations) should be actively engaged in the project and should 
participate fully in grant activities including: Defining the program 
strategy and goals; identifying needed skills and competencies; 
designing training approaches and curricula; contributing financial 
support; sponsoring apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship placements 
and activities; and, where appropriate, hiring qualified YouthBuild 
graduates.
    The workforce investment system (which may include State and Local 
Workforce Investment Boards, State Workforce Agencies, and One-Stop 
Career Centers and their partners, as such terms are defined under the 
WIA) may play a number of roles, including: Identifying and assessing 
potential candidates for YouthBuild; working collaboratively to 
leverage WIA investments through co-enrollment with the Youth formula 
program; referring qualified candidates to the YouthBuild program for 
enrollment; providing access to ``wraparound'' supportive services, 
when appropriate; providing local labor market information to 
YouthBuild staff and participants; and connecting qualified YouthBuild 
graduates to employers that have existing job openings. Examples of 
YouthBuild programs working with the workforce system can be found in 
Training and Employment Notice No. 44-07, ``Providing Strategies to the 
One-Stop Career Center System on Collaborating with YouthBuild 
Programs'' at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2646.
    The juvenile justice system is an important partner in referring 
potential participants to the YouthBuild program, providing support and 
guidance for YouthBuild participants with court involvement, and 
assisting in the reporting of recidivism rates among YouthBuild 
participants. Some YouthBuild participants may be placed in the program 
as a form of alternative sentencing or for re-entry services. In these 
instances, police, parole and probation officers, detention and 
juvenile correction facilities, judges, and social workers will be 
critically important partners for creating a safety net to prevent 
recidivism and ensure attachment to the community.
    Faith-based and community organizations are valuable partners in 
the YouthBuild program. These organizations can serve as avenues of 
outreach to eligible youth and may provide a variety of grant services, 
such as case management, mentoring, and English as a Second Language 
(ESL) courses, as well as other comprehensive supportive services, when 
appropriate, for YouthBuild participants.
    Each collaborative partner must have a clearly defined role. These 
roles must be verified through a letter of commitment (not just a 
letter of support) submitted by each partner. The letter of commitment 
must detail the role the partner will play in the project, including 
specific responsibilities and resources committed, if appropriate. 
These letters must clearly indicate the partnering organization's 
unique contribution and commitment to the project.
    In situations where the applicant is unable to develop a 
partnership with one of the required types of organizations because the 
organization refuses to do so, the applicants should, at a minimum, 
demonstrate that the potential partner was contacted and provided a 
sufficient opportunity for response. It is suggested that applicants 
use registered mail to demonstrate such efforts.
What if two or more organizations submit separate applications to serve 
the same urban or rural community?
    If more than one proposal to serve the same urban or rural 
community is rated highly, DOL will consider whether the urban or rural 
community is large enough to support more than one project.
Can I apply for multiple towns in one application?
    If a town is large enough to reasonably support a YouthBuild 
program, the grant activities should generally be focused on one town. 
If the applicant determines that the town is not large enough to 
support a YouthBuild program, it may include additional towns and 
provide justification for one larger service area. If multiple towns 
are included together in the application, applicants may not request 
more than the maximum grant amount, $1.1 million.
What is the definition of ``low-income'' family for the purposes of 
program eligibility?
    The definition of ``low-income family'' is taken directly from the 
United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437a(b)(2)) which states:
    ``The term `low-income families' means those families whose incomes 
do not exceed 80 per centum of the median income for the area, as 
determined by the Secretary with adjustments for smaller and larger 
families, except that the Secretary may establish income ceilings 
higher or lower than 80 per centum of the median for the area on the 
basis of the Secretary's findings that such variations are necessary 
because of prevailing levels of construction costs or unusually high or 
low family incomes.''
    The median income for each applicant's proposed area of service can 
be found at HUD's Web site: http://www.huduser.org/datasets/il.html.
What are allowable uses of grant funds?
    Allowable uses of grant funds may include:
    (1) Education and Workforce Activities, such as:
     Basic skills instruction and remedial education;
     Language instruction educational programs for individuals 
with limited English proficiency;
     Secondary education services and activities, including 
tutoring, study skills training, and dropout prevention activities, 
designed to lead to the attainment of a secondary school diploma, GED 
credential, or other State-recognized equivalent (including recognized 
alternative standards for individuals with disabilities);
     Counseling and assistance in obtaining post-secondary 
education and required financial aid;
     Alternative secondary school services;
     Work experience and skills training (coordinated, to the 
maximum extent feasible, with the YouthBuild Trainee

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Apprenticeship Preparation program (YB-TAP),\1\ pre-apprenticeship and 
registered apprenticeship programs) in housing rehabilitation and 
construction activities;
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    \1\ The YouthBuild Trainee Apprenticeship Preparation (YB-TAP) 
program is a set of construction standards recognized by the U.S. 
Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship that are aligned with 
curricula from the Home Builders Institute's HPACT program, the 
National Center for Construction Education and Research, and the 
Building Trades Multi-Craft Core Curriculum. These standards are 
included as Appendix A of this solicitation.
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     Occupational skills training; and
     Other paid and unpaid work experiences, including 
internships and job shadowing.
    (2) Case management, counseling services and related activities, 
such as comprehensive guidance and counseling on drug and alcohol abuse 
and referral.
    (3) Youth development activities, such as:
     Community service and peer-centered activities encouraging 
responsibility and other positive social behaviors, and
     Leadership development activities including youth policy 
committees that allow YouthBuild participants to engage in local policy 
and decision-making related to the program.
    (4) Supportive services and provision of needs-based payments 
necessary to enable individuals to participate in the program.
    (5) Supportive services to assist individuals, for a period not to 
exceed 12 months after the completion of training, in obtaining or 
retaining employment, or applying for and transitioning to post-
secondary education.
    (6) Supervision and training for participants in the rehabilitation 
or construction of housing, including residential housing for homeless 
individuals or low-income families, or transitional housing for 
homeless individuals.
    (7) Supervision and training for participants in the rehabilitation 
or construction of community and other public facilities.
    (8) Payment of a portion of the administrative costs of the 
grantee.
    (9) Mentoring (one-on-one, group or team) of participants by adults 
who have been appropriately screened and matched to work with youth.
    (10) Provision of wages, stipends, or other benefits and incentives 
to participants in the program.
    (11) Ongoing training and technical assistance for staff that are 
related to developing and carrying out the program.
    (12) Activities related to follow-up and tracking of participant 
performance.
    (13) Equipment and/or supplies related to the YouthBuild activities 
funded through this grant. The purchase of construction materials to be 
used as part of the direct training for YouthBuild participants would 
be an allowable use of grant funds.
What costs are allowable for orientation/mental toughness?
    For guidance on orientation/mental toughness allowable costs, 
please go to: Mental Toughness/Orientation Allowable Costs in a 
YouthBuild Program http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL/TEGL14-09acc.pdf.
Can training be provided in industries other than construction?
    No, DOL YouthBuild funds provided under this solicitation cannot be 
used to support occupational skills training other than construction. 
Programs may offer training in other industries; however, other funding 
sources must be used to support these career pathways.
Can training be provided in green construction and the use of 
sustainable building materials?
    Yes, DOL encourages YouthBuild funds provided under this 
solicitation to be used to train youth in green construction skills 
that will prepare them for employment in green jobs and encourages the 
use of sustainable building materials in the construction and 
rehabilitation of affordable housing. However, this green construction 
skills training must be part of a construction curriculum that leads to 
an industry-recognized credential. That is, if youth complete a green 
construction module that is either a stand-alone module or is part of a 
general construction curriculum, it cannot be counted as a credential 
for purposes of the credential attainment performance measure. It is 
similar to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or 
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training; both are important parts 
of an overall construction training program but do not represent an 
industry-recognized credential.
Will Youthbuild projects be required to follow OSHA guidelines?
    Yes, YouthBuild projects will be required to follow OSHA guidelines 
in the operation of their construction projects and to submit incident 
reports to DOL of injuries occurring on worksites. DOL will require 
that YouthBuild grantees:
     Provide comprehensive documented training on construction 
safety for youth working on YouthBuild projects, including requirements 
for youth to demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in hazard 
identification, abatement, and safe work practices;
     Demonstrate compliance with Federal and State child labor 
laws and occupational safety and health regulations;
     Provide written worksite-specific safety plans overseen by 
an on-site supervisor with the knowledge, skills, and authority to 
correct safety and health hazards and enforce the site-specific safety 
plan;
     Provide necessary personal protective equipment to youth 
working on YouthBuild projects; and
     Report to DOL all worksite injuries and illnesses to youth 
working on YouthBuild projects, along with documentation on remedial 
measures to prevent future similar injuries and help ensure that 
YouthBuild is a model program that takes active steps for participant 
safety and health.
Can DOL funds be used for paid work experiences, needs-based stipends, 
wages, and other supportive services?
    Payments to participants for classroom training, paid work 
experiences, and occupational skills training, as well as other needs-
based supportive services, are allowable expenses. If the applicant 
plans to use grant funds for these purposes, sufficient information 
must be provided in the budget narrative to clearly justify the 
proposed amounts to be provided. Grantees are responsible for 
consulting with an accountant or other experts to ascertain if their 
payment structure complies with IRS standards.
Is the purchase of food an allowable use of funds?
    DOL considers food to be an allowable cost for YouthBuild when used 
as a supportive service. To qualify, the provision of food must be 
needs-based and must be necessary to enable the recipient to 
participate in the program. The purchase of food is an unallowable cost 
for grant funds if expended for any reason other than needs-based 
supportive services. To provide food as a supportive service, grantees 
must create and consistently apply a written policy for determining 
needs-based services for participants. Grantees can provide food to 
enrollees as part of an on-site training class or work-site experience 
where access to food services and vendors is unavailable or unreliable, 
but must document in the grant files that providing such food

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directly is reasonable and necessary in order to ensure continuity of 
training services.
Should prospective applicants include travel costs associated with 
technical assistance and training in their budget?
    Prospective applicants should include travel funds in their budget 
to cover travel for several key staff to attend at least one national 
meeting per year and at least two regional trainings per year.
How will success be measured under these grants?
    The three outcome measures are:
     Literacy and numeracy gains;
     High School diploma/GED/degree or certificate attainment 
rate; and
     Placement in employment/post-secondary education/
occupational skills training program/military.
    In addition, grantees must report on a number of interim indicators 
that may serve as predictors of success. Interim indicators include:
     Enrollment rate;
     Participation in education/training activities;
     Workforce preparation;
     Mentoring;
     Community service/leadership activities;
     Placement retention rate; and
     Recidivism.
    In applying for these grants, applicants agree to submit updated 
Management Information System (MIS) data on enrollee characteristics, 
services provided, placements, outcomes, and follow-up status. 
YouthBuild grantees are required to use the ETA Web-based Case 
Management and Performance System, which is provided to grantees at no 
cost.
What is the expected average cost per participant?
    DOL expects the cost to be between $15,000 and $18,000 per 
participant.
When is the Youthbuild program expected to begin enrolling youth under 
this SGA?
    Grantees must begin program operations, including the enrollment of 
youth, within six months from the date of the award.
    The following questions involve allowable construction costs:
Can funds be used for rehabilitation or construction of buildings other 
than low-income housing?
    Yes. In training participants, up to 10 percent of grant funds may 
be used in the rehabilitation or construction of community and other 
public facilities. The term ``community and other public facilities'' 
means those facilities which are publicly owned and publicly used for 
the benefit of the community. Examples include public-use buildings 
such as recreation centers, libraries, public park shelters, or public 
schools. This term may also encompass facilities used by the program 
but only if the facility is publicly owned and available for public 
entry and use. YouthBuild participants may not repair or renovate 
buildings used solely by the grantee, such as offices or classrooms. 
The remaining 90 percent of funds must be used to train participants in 
the rehabilitation or construction of low-income housing.
Would construction of a kitchen or shower facility be an allowable cost 
in a public facility?
    If it is a public facility that needs to have a kitchen or shower 
facility installed and it is done under the 10 percent limitation and 
it is used for training purposes, then it is allowable.
Does a federally-qualified health care facility qualify as an allowable 
construction site?
    The rehabilitation of a community health facility is permissible. 
The 10 percent limitation would apply to such costs.
Are architectural fees an allowable use of grant funds?
    Yes, architectural fees, or a proportionate share thereof, are 
allowable when such fees can be related to items such as architectural 
plans or blueprints on which participants will be trained.
Are brokerage fees an allowable use of grant funds?
    No, brokerage fees and other fees associated with the acquisition 
of property are not directly related to participant training and are 
not an allowable use of grant funds. We consider these fees to be too 
attenuated from the costs of participant training to be allowable.
Are subcontractor costs and supplies, (e.g., roofing, landscaping, 
etc.), allowable uses of grant funds?
    Non-training services and deliverables that are not directly 
related to participant training are not an allowable use of grant funds 
unless they are used in the provision of training. Property 
enhancements, such as landscaping, are not allowable grant costs, if 
not performed by youth as part of their training activities.
Can unallowable costs be used to fulfill the 25 percent match 
requirement?
    If the cost is not allowed to be paid with grant funds, it would 
also not be acceptable in fulfilling the 25 percent match requirement.
Can funds be used to purchase land?
    Grant funds may not be used to purchase land.
Can grant funds be used to purchase a home to rehabilitate for the 
project?
    Grantees may only charge a proportion of the purchase cost, 
exclusive of land, which is reflective of the portion of the property 
that will be used for participant training.
Should prospective applicants provide more than 25 percent match?
    No. Any amounts over 25 percent match will not be considered in 
evaluating proposals. Grantees with additional resources should 
allocate them as leveraged funds for the purposes of planning and 
budgeting.
How will ETA evaluate the Youthbuild program?
    ETA has contracted with an independent organization to conduct a 
rigorous, national evaluation of the YouthBuild program. A subset of 
grantees will be selected to participate in the evaluation and those 
that are selected will be required to participate.
    The evaluation will use a random assignment design, which includes 
a computerized process that will randomly select which of the youth 
that grantees deem eligible and appropriate for the program will 
receive YouthBuild services. This process, similar to drawing names 
from a hat, is fair and ensures that everyone has the same chance of 
getting YouthBuild services. Those who are not admitted will form a 
control group and may be referred to other non-similar youth services. 
The grantees will be responsible for obtaining the consent of 
applicants to be randomly selected to be in the control group, and for 
informing the applicants that they have been selected. The evaluation 
contractor will work with each grantee to develop study procedures that 
minimize any disruption of the grantee's intake procedures and program 
operations. It is expected that the evaluation will not reduce the 
total number of youth who are served by the YouthBuild program. 
Grantees selected to participate in this study will be required to 
cooperate fully with ETA and the evaluation team in the conduct of the 
study. Grantee staff will be required to participate in one

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survey and host site visits by the research team.
    The Following Questions Involve the Random Assignment Evaluation:
    Participation in the YouthBuild evaluation will provide important 
input into the national debate about policies and practices designed to 
improve the well-being of disadvantaged youth. Although DOL and the 
evaluation team are continuing to work out the details of the study 
design, below are answers to some questions grantees may have about the 
evaluation.
How will grantees be selected for the evaluation and how many will be 
selected?
    Approximately 60 grantees will be selected to participate in the 
evaluation. Grantees will be selected randomly, but some types of 
grantees (for example, those that have never operated a YouthBuild 
program before) may be excluded from consideration. Larger programs may 
have a greater chance of being selected in order to ensure that the 
evaluation includes a sufficient number of young people.
YouthBuild has been evaluated before; why is this evaluation necessary?
    Previous evaluations of YouthBuild have provided very useful 
information, but none of them was designed to determine what difference 
YouthBuild makes for the young people it serves compared to what would 
have happened if they did not participate. The new evaluation is the 
first one to use a random assignment design, which is considered to 
provide the most reliable evidence about the effectiveness of a social 
program. Other national youth programs such as the Job Corps, Service 
and Conservation Corps, and the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program 
have already been part of random assignment evaluations. These 
evaluations are critical to ensuring that young people are receiving 
services that will improve their life opportunities and demonstrating 
to policy-makers that their investment is paying off.
Will the evaluation mean that programs serve fewer youth than before?
    Most YouthBuild programs are only able to serve a very small 
fraction of the youth in their communities who might benefit and who 
apply. Programs participating in the evaluation will assess and screen 
youth to identify those who are eligible for YouthBuild and then use 
random assignment (like picking names from a hat) to select which of 
the eligible youth will be admitted. The youth who are selected will 
form the ``program group'' for the study. The youth who are not 
selected will form the ``control group'' and will not be permitted to 
enroll in YouthBuild during the study period, though the grantees may 
be able to refer them to other youth programs in the community. 
Ideally, the evaluation should not cause YouthBuild programs to serve 
fewer youth than they otherwise would. If the programs selected for the 
study do not currently have more qualified applicants than they can 
accept, additional recruiting may be necessary.
Is it unethical to use random assignment to decide which youth to 
accept?
    No, it is not unethical to use random assignment to determine who 
receives services. Random assignment is a fair way to allocate scarce 
program slots when there are more qualified applicants than a program 
can serve. In fact, some youth not selected for the program may be more 
willing to accept that this was due to the ``flip of a coin'' rather 
than to their personal characteristics. Before it is finalized, the 
study design will be reviewed by an Institutional Review Board to 
ensure that youth in the study will be treated fairly.
What data will grantees be required to provide to the evaluators?
    The grantees will not have to do anything more than they usually do 
to stay in touch with the young people who participate in their 
program. The evaluators will obtain most data for the study from the 
DOL YouthBuild MIS, from government records, and from surveys of youth 
in the program and control groups. Grantee staff will be required to 
participate in one survey and host site visits by the research team. 
Also, grantees will be required to collect and enter some information 
into the MIS for all youth entering the study, some of whom will be 
assigned to the control group.
Who will be doing the evaluation?
    ETA selected a team of three organizations to conduct the 
evaluation: MDRC (the lead), Mathematica Policy Research, and Social 
Policy Research Associates (SPRA). MDRC and SPRA are very familiar with 
YouthBuild programs through past evaluations and assessments.

II. Award Information

A. Award Amount

    Under this competition, ETA intends to fund approximately 28 grants 
ranging from $700,000 to $1.1 million from the $30 million in FY 2010 
funds and approximately 100 grants in the same range of amounts from 
the FY 2011 appropriation (pending availability of funding); however, 
this does not preclude DOL from funding grants at either a lower or 
higher amount, or funding a smaller or larger number of projects, based 
on the type and the number of quality submissions. Applicants are 
encouraged to submit budgets for quality projects at whatever funding 
level within this range is appropriate to their project. Applications 
requesting more than $1.1 million will be considered nonresponsive. The 
average annual cost per participant should be between $15,000 and 
$18,000. In the event that additional funds become available, ETA 
reserves the right to use such funds to select additional grantees from 
applications submitted in response to this solicitation.

B. Period of Performance

    Grants will be awarded for a 3-year period of performance. This 
includes two years of core program operations (education, occupational 
skills training, and youth leadership development activities) for one 
or more cohorts of youth, plus an additional nine to twelve months of 
follow-up support services and tracking of participant outcomes for 
each cohort of youth. Further, applicants should plan to fully expend 
grant funds during the period of performance, while ensuring full 
transparency and accountability for all expenditures. Therefore, 
applicants are encouraged to carefully consider their ability to spend 
the level of funding requested.

III. Eligibility Information

A. Eligible Applicants

    Eligible applicants for these grants are public or private non-
profit agencies or organizations (including a consortium of such 
agencies or organizations with a designated lead applicant), including, 
but not limited to:
     Faith-based and community organizations;
     An entity carrying out activities under WIA, such as a 
local workforce investment board, One-Stop Career Center, or local 
school board;
     A community action agency;
     A State or local housing development agency;
     An Indian tribe or other agency primarily serving Indians;
     A community development corporation;
     A State or local youth service conservation corps; or
     Any other public or private non-profit entity that is 
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under a Federal program and can meet the required elements of the 
grant.
    Grantees who received funding in the FY 2009 YouthBuild competition 
[SGA/DFA PY 08-07] (including any affiliates or members or affiliates 
of a grantee's leadership team) will not receive funding from the 
remaining approximately $30 million in FY 2010 funds. Projects funded 
from the FY 2010 funds will be limited to applications submitted by 
organizations that did not receive funding from the FY 2009 YouthBuild 
competition [SGA/DFA PY 08-07]. If FY 2009 YouthBuild competition [SGA/
DFA PY 08-07] grantees are selected for funding in this competition, 
they will be funded from the FY 2011 appropriation, pending 
availability of funds.

B. Eligible Enrollees

    An individual may participate in a YouthBuild program only if the 
individual:
    1. Is between the ages of 16 and 24 on the date of enrollment; and
    2. Is a member of a low-income family, and/or a youth in foster 
care (including youth aging out of foster care), and/or a youth 
offender, and/or a youth who is an individual with a disability, and/or 
a child of an incarcerated parent, and/or a migrant youth; and
    3. Is a school dropout or an individual who has dropped out of high 
school and re-enrolled in an alternative school, if that re-enrollment 
is part of a sequential service strategy.
    Organizations are not required to serve the entire age group 
population between 16 and 24, but all participants must fall within 
this range.
    Up to (but not more than) 25 percent of the participants in the 
program may be youth who do not meet criteria B.2 or B.3 above, but:
     Are basic skills deficient, despite attainment of a 
secondary school diploma, GED credential, or other state-recognized 
equivalent (including recognized alternative standards for individuals 
with disabilities); or
     Have been referred by a local secondary school for 
participation in a YouthBuild program leading to the attainment of a 
secondary school diploma. Referrals from secondary schools to 
YouthBuild programs that provide only a GED degree are not allowed.

C. Veterans Priority

    The Jobs for Veterans Act (Pub. L. 107-288) requires priority of 
service for veterans and spouses of certain veterans for the receipt of 
employment, training, and placement services in any job training 
program directly funded, in whole or in part, by DOL. The regulations 
implementing this priority of service can be found at 20 CFR part 1010. 
In circumstances where a grant recipient must choose between two 
qualified candidates for a service, one of whom is a veteran or 
eligible spouse, the veterans priority of service provisions require 
that the grant recipient give the veteran or eligible spouse priority 
of service by first providing him or her that service. To obtain 
priority of service, a veteran or spouse must meet the program's 
eligibility requirements. Grantees must comply with DOL guidance on 
veterans' priority. ETA's Training and Employment Guidance Letter 
(TEGL) No. 10-09 (issued November 10, 2009) provides guidance on 
implementing priority of service for veterans and eligible spouses in 
all qualified job training programs funded in whole or in part by DOL. 
TEGL No. 10-09 is available at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2816.

D. Matching Funds and Leveraged Resources

    Aligning resources and leveraging funding are key components of 
success under the YouthBuild grant program. Therefore, applicants must 
provide cash or in-kind resources equivalent to 25 percent of the grant 
award amount as matching funds. Please note that neither prior 
investments nor Federal resources may be counted towards the matching 
funds threshold. Construction materials that are acquired without grant 
funds and are used for approved projects as part of the training for 
YouthBuild participants may be used in fulfilling the 25 percent match 
requirement.
    To be allowable as part of match, a cost must be an allowable 
charge for Federal grant funds. Determinations of allowable costs will 
be made in accordance with the applicable Federal cost principles as 
indicated in Part IV.E. If the cost would not be allowable as a grant-
funded charge, then it also cannot be counted toward matching funds.
    Please note that in addition to the Federal amount you are 
requesting, the matching funds must be shown on the SF-424 application 
and SF-424A budget form. The SF-424A form is required even though the 
form states that it should only be used for non-construction. If there 
is a discrepancy in the amount of funds specified on the SF-424, SF-
424A, or Budget Narrative, DOL will consider the amount of funds 
specified on the SF-424 as the applicant's match.
    Applicants are expected to fulfill the match amount specified 
during the grant period of performance. If the match amount specified 
by the applicant is not met or if a portion of the matching funds are 
found to be an unallowable cost, the amount of DOL grant funds may be 
decreased on a dollar for dollar basis. If this occurs the grantee may 
be required to repay funds to DOL. Applicants who fail to provide a 25 
percent match will be considered non-responsive.
    Applicants are encouraged to leverage additional resources beyond 
the match amount to supplement the project as a whole. Any cash or in-
kind resources committed beyond the 25 percent of the grant award 
amount required as matching funds should be counted as leveraged funds. 
Applicants must clearly make the distinction between what will be 
considered matching funds and what will be considered ``additional'' 
leveraged resources, and explain leveraged resources in the budget 
narrative separately from the explanation of match. Do not include the 
leveraged funds on the SF-424 or SF-424A.
    Both matching funds and leveraged resources could come from a 
variety of sources, including: public sector (e.g., State or local 
governments); non-profit sector (e.g., community organizations, faith-
based organizations, or education and training institutions); private 
sector (e.g., businesses or industry associations); investor community 
(e.g., angel networks or economic development entities); and the 
philanthropic community (e.g., foundations).
    Applications will be evaluated on how the match and leveraged funds 
are fully integrated in support of program outcomes. Grantees must 
track and report both match and other non-Federal leveraged resources 
quarterly on Form ETA 9130. Instructions and the form may be found at 
http://www.doleta.gov/grants/financial_reporting.cfm.

IV. Application and Submission Information

A. How To Obtain an Application Package

    This SGA contains all of the information and links to forms needed 
to apply for grant funding.

B. Content and Form of Application Submission

    The proposal will consist of three separate and distinct parts--(I) 
a cost proposal; (II) a technical proposal (with attachments); and 
(III) a description of and information on the work site. Applications 
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three parts (including the required attachments) or that fail to adhere 
to the instructions in this section will be considered non-responsive 
and will not be considered. It is the applicant's responsibility to 
ensure that the funding amount requested is consistent across all parts 
and sub-parts of the application.
    Part I. The Cost Proposal. The Cost Proposal must include the 
following four items:
     SF-424, ``Application for Federal Assistance'' (available 
at http://www.grants.gov/agencies/forms_repository_information.jsp. 
The SF-424 must clearly identify the applicant and be signed by an 
individual with authority to enter into a grant agreement. Upon 
confirmation of an award, the individual signing the SF-424 on behalf 
of the applicant will be considered the authorized representative of 
the applicant.
     All applicants for Federal grant and funding opportunities 
are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S[supreg] 
number). See Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Notice of Final 
Policy Issuance, 68 FR 38402, June 27, 2003. Applicants must supply 
their D-U-N-S[supreg] number on the SF-424. The D-U-N-S[supreg] number 
is a non-indicative, nine-digit number that uniquely identifies 
business entities. Obtaining a D-U-N-S[supreg] number is easy and there 
is no charge. To obtain a D-U-N-S[supreg] number, call 1-866-705-5711 
or access this Web site: www.dunandbradstreet.com.
     The SF-424A Budget Information Form (available at http://www.grants.gov/agencies/forms_repository_information.jsp) In 
preparing the Budget Information Form, the applicant must provide a 
concise narrative explanation to support the request, explained in 
detail below.
    The amount of Federal funding requested for the entire period of 
performance (i.e., three years) must be included on both the SF-424 and 
SF-424A Budget Information Form. Only an applicant's match amount (not 
other leveraged resources) should be listed on the SF-424 (Block 18) 
and SF-424A Budget Information Form (Sections A & C). Please note that 
the funding amount included on the SF-424 will be considered the 
official funding amount requested.
     Budget Narrative: The budget narrative must provide a 
description of costs associated with each line item on the SF-424A. 
Additionally, the budget narrative should break down the budget, match, 
and leveraged resources by project activity, must discuss cost-per-
participant, and must discuss precisely how the administrative costs 
support the project goals. If the applicant plans to use grant funds 
for paid work experiences, needs-based payments, and other supportive 
services for the participants, sufficient information must be provided 
in the budget narrative to clearly justify the proposed amounts to be 
provided.
    Please note that applicants that fail to provide a SF-424, SF-424A, 
a D-U-N-S[supreg] number, and a budget narrative will be considered 
non-responsive, and removed from consideration before the technical 
review process. Applicants are also encouraged, but not required, to 
submit OMB Survey No. 1890-0014: Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity 
for Applicants, which can be found at http://www07.grants.gov/applicants/tips_resources_from_grantors.jsp#13.
    Part II. The Technical Proposal. The Technical Proposal must 
demonstrate the applicant's capability to implement the YouthBuild 
grant project in accordance with the provisions of this solicitation. 
The guidelines for the content of the Technical Proposal are provided 
in Part V.A of this SGA. The Technical Proposal is limited to 20 
double-spaced, single-sided 8.5 x 11 inch pages with 12 point text font 
and 1 inch margins. Applicants should number the Technical Proposal 
beginning with page number 1. Any materials beyond the 20-page limit 
will not be read.
    Part IIA. Attachments to the Technical Proposal. In addition to the 
20 page Technical Proposal, the applicant must submit the following 
required attachments:
    (a) An organizational chart that reflects how the YouthBuild 
program will be staffed. In instances where the YouthBuild program is 
part of a larger organization (e.g., a Housing Authority), include a 
diagram that indicates how the YouthBuild program fits within the 
larger organization;
    (b) A timeline outlining project activities;
    (c) Letters of commitment from partners; and
    (d) A two-page Abstract summarizing the proposed project, including 
applicant name, project title, a description of the area to be served, 
and the funding level requested. The Abstract must note whether the 
application is being submitted as an urban, rural, or Native American 
application.
    These additional required materials do not count against the 20 
page limit for the Technical Proposal, but may not exceed 20 pages. Any 
additional materials beyond the 20 page attachment limit will not be 
read. Any additional materials other than those listed in Part II A a), 
b), c), or d) should not be included in the Technical Proposal 
Attachment and will not be read. ETA does not permit general letters of 
support submitted by organizations or individuals that are not partners 
in the proposed project and that do not directly identify the specific 
commitment or roles of the project partners. Therefore, additional 
materials, such as r[eacute]sum[eacute]s or general letters of support 
or commitment, will not be read.
    The required attachments must be affixed as separate, clearly 
identified appendices to the application. Commitment letters must 
accompany the application electronically, not be mailed separately. 
Please note that applicants should not send letters of commitment 
separately to ETA because letters received separately are tracked 
through a different system and will not be attached to the application 
for review. Applications that do not include the required attachments 
will be considered non-responsive and not reviewed.
    An audited financial statement and accompanying management letter 
(if applicable) is requested in Section V.A.2.i, but neither counts 
towards the page limitations for either the Technical Proposal or the 
Technical Proposal Attachment and should be included as an appendix. 
This appendix has no page limits.
    Part III. The Worksite Description. The applicant must submit the 
Worksite Description Form (ETA-9143) including all requested 
attachments, which describes the planned worksite that will be used for 
on-site housing rehabilitation and construction training for youth 
participants. These forms can be found at http://www.doleta.gov/youth%5Fservices/pdf/Work_Site_DescriptionAugus%202010.xls. 
Information on property for use in year two of your grant may be 
required. These forms do not count towards the 20 page limitation for 
either the Technical Proposal or the Technical Proposal Attachment; 
this is a separate part of the proposal. Please note that before 
finalizing the grant award document, prospective award winners must be 
able to re-verify information on the worksite and access to the 
property before grant funds are released.
    Section 10 of ETA 9143 requests information from the property owner 
or property management company or companies allowing access to the 
housing site(s) for on-site construction training. DOL will deem non-
responsive any application that fails to specifically identify the 
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construction, including evidence of site access. Guidance on evidence 
of site access is as follows:
     If the applicant has a contract or option to purchase the 
property, include a copy of the contract or option; or
     If a third party owns the property or has a contract or 
option to purchase, that third party must provide a letter stating the 
nature of the ownership and specifically providing access to the 
property for the purposes of the program and the time frame in which 
the property will be available. In the case of a contract or option, 
include a copy of the document. These should be included as part of 
Part III of your application and do not count against page limitations.

C. Submission Process, Date, Times, and Addresses

    Applications may be submitted electronically on Grants.gov or in 
hard copy by mail or hand delivery. Applicants submitting proposals in 
hard copy must submit an original signed application (including the SF-
424) and one ``copy-ready'' version free of bindings, staples, or 
protruding tabs to ease in the reproduction of the proposal by DOL. 
Applicants submitting proposals in hard copy also must provide an 
identical electronic copy of the proposal on compact disc (CD). If 
discrepancies between the hard copy submission and CD copy are 
identified, the application on the CD will be considered the official 
application for evaluation purposes. Failure to provide identical 
applications in hard copy and CD format may have an impact on the 
overall evaluation.
    The closing date for receipt of applications of this announcement 
is December 3, 2010. Applications must be received at the address below 
no later than 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications sent by e-mail, 
telegram, or facsimile (FAX) will not be accepted. If an application is 
submitted by both hard copy and through http://www.grants.gov, a letter 
must accompany the hard copy application stating why two applications 
were submitted and the differences between the two submissions. If no 
letter accompanies the hard copy, we will review the copy submitted 
through http://www.grants.gov. Applications that do not meet the 
conditions set forth in this notice will be considered non-responsive. 
No exceptions to the mailing and delivery requirements set forth in 
this notice will be granted. Further, documents submitted separately 
from the application, before or after the deadline, will not be 
accepted as part of the application.
    Mailed applications must be addressed to the U.S. Department of 
Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Federal 
Assistance, Attention: Donna Kelly, Grant Officer, Reference SGA/DFA PY 
10-02, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N4716, Washington, DC 20210. 
Applicants are advised that mail delivery in the Washington, DC area 
may be delayed due to mail decontamination procedures. Hand-delivered 
proposals will be received at the above address at the 3rd and C Street 
entrance. All overnight mail will be considered to be hand-delivered 
and must be received at the designated place by the specified closing 
date and time.
    Applications that are submitted through Grants.gov must be 
successfully submitted at http://www.grants.gov no later than 4 p.m. 
Eastern Time on the closing date, and then subsequently validated by 
Grants.gov. The submission and validation process is described in more 
detail below. The process can be complicated and time-consuming. 
Applicants are strongly advised to initiate the process as soon as 
possible and to plan for time to resolve technical problems if 
necessary.
    The Department strongly recommends that before the applicant begins 
to write the proposal, applicants should immediately initiate and 
complete the ``Get Registered'' registration steps at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp. Applicants should read 
through the registration process carefully before registering. These 
steps may take as much as four weeks to complete and this time should 
be factored into plans for electronic submission in order to avoid 
unexpected delays that could result in the rejection of an application. 
The site also contains registration checklists to help walk you through 
the process. The Department strongly recommends that applicants 
download the ``Organization Registration Checklist'' at http://www.grants.gov/assets/Organization_Steps_Complete_Registration.pdf 
and prepare the information requested before beginning the registration 
process. Reviewing and assembling required information before beginning 
the registration process will alleviate last minute searches for 
required information and save time.
    To register with Grants.gov, applicants applying electronically 
must have a D-U-N-S[supreg] Number and must register with the Federal 
Central Contractor Registry (CCR). Step-by-step instructions for 
registering with CCR can be found at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/org_step2.jsp. All applicants must register with CCR in order to apply 
online. Failure to register with the CCR will result in your 
application being rejected by Grants.gov during the submission process.
    The next step in the registration process is creating a username 
and password with Grants.gov to become an Authorized Organizational 
Representative (AOR). AORs will need to know the D-U-N-S[supreg] Number 
of the organization for which they will be submitting applications to 
complete this process. To read more detailed instructions for creating 
a profile on Grants.gov visit: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/org_step3.jsp.
    After creating a profile on Grants.gov, the E-Biz Point of Contact 
(E-Biz POC), a representative from your organization who is the contact 
listed for CCR, will receive an e-mail to grant the AOR permission to 
submit applications on behalf of their organization. The E-Biz POC will 
then log in to Grants.gov and approve an applicant as the AOR, thereby 
giving him or her permission to submit applications. To learn more 
about AOR Authorization visit: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/org_step5.jsp or to track AOR status visit: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/org_step6.jsp.
    An application submitted through Grants.gov constitutes a 
submission as an electronically signed application. The registration 
and account creation with Grants.gov, with E-Biz POC approval, 
establishes an AOR. When you submit the application through Grants.gov, 
the name of your AOR on file will be inserted into the signature line 
of the application. Applicants must register the individual who is able 
to make legally binding commitments for the applicant organization as 
the AOR; this step is often missed and it is crucial for valid 
submissions.
    When a registered applicant submits an application with Grants.gov, 
an electronic time stamp is generated within the system when the 
application is successfully received by Grants.gov. Within two business 
days of application submission, Grants.gov will send the applicant two 
e-mail messages to provide the status of the application's progress 
through the system. The first e-mail, sent almost immediately, will 
contain a tracking number and will confirm receipt of the application 
by Grants.gov. The second e-mail will indicate the application has 
either been successfully validated or has been rejected due to errors. 
Only applications that have been successfully submitted by the deadline 
and subsequently successfully validated will be considered. It is the 
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submission. While it is not required that an application be 
successfully validated before the deadline for submission, it is 
prudent to reserve time before the deadline in case it is necessary to 
resubmit an application that has not been successfully validated. 
Therefore, sufficient time should be allotted for submission (two 
business days) and, if applicable, additional time to address errors 
and receive validation upon resubmission (an additional two business 
days for each ensuing submission). It is important to note that if 
sufficient time is not allotted and a rejection notice is received 
after the due date and time, the application will not be considered.
    To ensure consideration, the components of the application must be 
saved as .doc, .xls or .pdf files. If submitted in any other format, 
the applicant bears the risk that compatibility or other issues will 
prevent us from considering the application. ETA will attempt to open 
the document but will not take any additional measures in the event of 
problems with opening. In such cases, the non-conforming application 
will not be considered for funding.
    We strongly advise applicants to use the plethora of tools and 
documents, including FAQs, which are available on the ``Applicant 
Resources'' page at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/resources.jsp.
    ETA encourages new prospective applicants to view the online 
tutorial, ``Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA 
Competitive Grants,'' available through Workforce3One at: http://www.workforce3one.org/page/grants_toolkit.
    To receive updated information about critical issues, new tips for 
users, and other time sensitive updates as information is available, 
applicants may subscribe to ``Grants.gov Updates'' at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/e-mail_subscription_signup.jsp.
    If applicants encounter a problem with Grants.gov and do not find 
an answer in any of the other resources, call 1-800-518-4726 to speak 
to a Customer Support Representative or e-mail ``support@grants.gov.'' 
The Contact Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is 
closed on Federal holidays.
    Late Applications: For applications submitted on Grants.gov, only 
applications that have been successfully submitted no later than 4 p.m. 
Eastern Time on the closing date and then successfully validated will 
be considered. Applicants take a significant risk by waiting to the 
last day to submit by Grants.gov.
    Any hard copy application received after the exact date and time 
specified for receipt at the office designated in this notice will not 
be considered, unless it is received before awards are made, it was 
properly addressed, and it was: (a) Sent by U.S. Postal Service mail, 
postmarked not later than the fifth calendar day before the date 
specified for receipt of applications (e.g., an application required to 
be received by the 20th of the month must be postmarked by the 15th of 
that month); or (b) sent by professional overnight delivery service to 
the addressee not later than one working day before the date specified 
for receipt of applications. ``Postmarked'' means a printed, stamped, 
or otherwise placed impression (exclusive of a postage meter machine 
impression) that is readily identifiable, without further action, as 
having been supplied or affixed on the date of mailing by an employee 
of the U.S. Postal Service. Therefore, applicants should request the 
postal clerk to place a legible hand cancellation ``bull's eye'' 
postmark on both the receipt and the package. Failure to adhere to 
these instructions will be a basis for a determination that the 
application was not filed on time and will not be considered. Evidence 
of timely submission by a professional overnight delivery service must 
be demonstrated by equally reliable evidence created by the delivery 
service provider indicating the time and place of receipt.

D. Intergovernmental Review

    This funding opportunity is not subject to Executive Order (EO) 
12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.''

E. Funding Restrictions

    All proposal costs must be necessary and reasonable in accordance 
with Federal guidelines. Determinations of allowable costs will be made 
in accordance with the applicable Federal cost principles, e.g., Non-
Profit Organizations--OMB Circular A-122. Disallowed costs are those 
charges to a grant that the grantor agency or its representative 
determines not to be allowed in accordance with the applicable Federal 
cost principles or other conditions contained in the grant. Applicants 
will not be entitled to reimbursement of pre-award costs.
1. Legal Rules Pertaining to Inherently Religious Activities by 
Organizations That Receive Federal Financial Assistance
    Direct Federal grants, sub-awards, or contracts under this program 
must not be used to support inherently religious activities such as 
religious instruction, worship, or proselytization. Therefore, 
organizations must take steps to separate, in time or location, their 
inherently religious activities from the services supported with DOL 
financial assistance under this program. Neutral, secular criteria that 
neither favor nor disfavor religion must be employed in the selection 
of grant and sub-grant recipients. In addition, under WIA and DOL 
regulations implementing WIA, a recipient may not use direct Federal 
assistance to train a participant in religious activities, or employ 
participants to construct, operate, or maintain any part of a facility 
that is used or to be used for religious instruction or worship. See 29 
CFR 37.6(f). Under WIA, ``[n]o individual shall be excluded from 
participation in, denied the benefits of, subjected to discrimination 
under, or denied employment in the administration of or in connection 
with, any such program or activity because of race, color, religion, 
sex (except as otherwise permitted under Title IX of the Education 
Amendments of 1972 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993), 
national origin, age, disability, or political affiliation or belief.'' 
29 U.S.C. 2938(a)(2). Regulations on the Equal Treatment for Faith-
Based Organizations, which includes the prohibition against supporting 
inherently religious activities with direct DOL financial assistance, 
can be found at 29 CFR part 2, subpart D. Provisions relating to the 
use of indirect support (such as vouchers) are at 29 CFR 2.33(c) and 20 
CFR 667.266.
    A faith-based organization receiving Federal financial assistance 
retains its independence from Federal, State, and local governments, 
and may continue to carry out its mission, including the definition, 
practice, and expression of its religious beliefs. For example, a 
faith-based organization may use space in its facilities to provide 
secular programs or services supported with Federal financial 
assistance without removing religious art, icons, scriptures, or other 
religious symbols. In addition, a faith-based organization that 
receives Federal financial assistance retains its authority over its 
internal governance, and it may retain religious terms in its 
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include religious references in its organization's mission statements 
and other governing documents in accordance with all program 
requirements, statutes, and other applicable requirements governing the 
conduct of DOL funded activities.
    The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), 42 U.S.C. sec. 
2000bb, applies to all Federal law and its implementation. If your 
organization is a faith-based organization that makes hiring decisions 
on the basis of religious belief, it may be entitled to receive Federal 
financial assistance under Title I of WIA and maintain that hiring 
practice even though Section 188 of WIA contains a general ban on 
religious discrimination in employment. If you are awarded a grant, you 
will be provided with information on how to request such an exemption.
    Faith-based and community organizations may reference 
``Transforming Partnerships: How to Apply the U.S. Department of 
Labor's Equal Treatment and Religion-Related Regulations to Public-
Private Partnerships'' at: http://www.workforce3one.org/view/5566/info.
2. Indirect Costs
    As specified in OMB Circular Cost Principles, indirect costs are 
those that have been incurred for common or joint objectives and cannot 
be readily identified with a particular final cost objective. In order 
to use grant funds for indirect costs incurred, the applicant must 
obtain an Indirect Cost Rate Agreement with its Federal Cognizant 
Agency either before or shortly after the grant award. If an applicant 
already has a Federal Indirect Cost Rate Agreement, that agreement may 
be used.
3. Administrative Costs
    Under the YouthBuild grants, an entity that receives a grant to 
carry out a project or program may not use more than 15 percent of the 
amount of the grant to pay administrative costs associated with the 
program or project. Administrative costs could be direct or indirect 
costs and are defined at 20 CFR 667.220. Administrative costs do not 
need to be identified separately from program costs on the SF-424A 
Budget Information Form. They should be discussed in the budget 
narrative and tracked through the grantee's accounting system. To claim 
any administrative costs that are also indirect costs, the applicant 
must obtain an indirect cost rate agreement from its Federal Cognizant 
Agency as specified above.
4. Intellectual Property Rights
    The Federal Government reserves a paid-up, nonexclusive, and 
irrevocable license to reproduce, publish or otherwise use, and to 
authorize others to use for Federal purposes: (i) The copyright in all 
products developed under the grant, including a subgrant or contract 
under the grant or subgrant; and (ii) any rights of copyright to which 
the grantee, subgrantee or a contractor purchases ownership under an 
award (including but not limited to curricula, training models, 
technical assistance products, and any related materials). Such uses 
include, but are not limited to, the right to modify and distribute 
such products worldwide by any means, electronically or otherwise. 
Federal funds may not be used to pay any royalty or licensing fee 
associated with such copyrighted material, although they may be used to 
pay costs for obtaining a copy which is limited to the developer/seller 
costs of copying and shipping. If revenues are generated through 
selling products developed with grant funds, including intellectual 
property, these revenues are program income. Program income is added to 
the grant and must be expended for allowable grant activities.
    If applicable, the following needs to be on all products developed 
in whole or in part with grant funds:

    This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. 
Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The 
product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect 
the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The 
Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances 
of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, 
including any information on linked sites and including, but not 
limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, 
timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or 
ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that 
created it. Internal use by an organization and/or personal use by 
an individual for non-commercial purposes is permissible. All other 
uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner.
5. Salary and Bonus Limitations
    Under Public Law 109-234, none of the funds appropriated in Public 
Law 109-149 or prior Acts under the heading ``Employment and Training 
Administration'' that are available for expenditure on or after June 
15, 2006, may be used by a recipient or sub-recipient of such funds to 
pay the salary and bonuses of an individual, either as direct costs or 
indirect costs, at a rate in excess of Executive Level II, except as 
provided for in section 101 of Public Law 109-149. This limitation 
applies to grants funded by this Solicitation under Public Law 111-117, 
and will also apply to grants funded by this Solicitation under the FY 
2011 appropriation. The salary and bonus limitation does not apply to 
vendors providing goods and services as defined in OMB Circular A-133 
(codified at 29 CFR Parts 96 and 99). See TEGL No. 5-06 for further 
clarification: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2262.

F. Other Submission Requirements

    Withdrawal of Applications: Applications may be withdrawn by 
written notice or telegram (including mailgram) to the Grant Officer 
received at any time before an award is made. Applications may be 
withdrawn in person by the applicant or by an authorized representative 
thereof, if the representative's identity is made known and the 
representative signs a receipt for the return of the proposal.

V. Application Review Information

A. Evaluation Criteria

    This section identifies and describes the criteria that will be 
used to evaluate proposals for a YouthBuild Grant. These criteria and 
point values are:

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                          Criterion                              Points
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1. Statement of Need.........................................         10
2. Program Management, Organizational Capacity, and Evidence          35
 of Past and Projected Success in YouthBuild or Other
 Relevant Programs...........................................
3. Project Design, Service Strategy, and Program Outcomes....         40
4. Linkages to Key Partners, Match and Leveraged Resources...         15
                                                              ----------
  Total......................................................        100
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1. Statement of Need (10 Points)
    Please describe the community where the YouthBuild program will 
operate. Identify the need for a YouthBuild program in the community 
that is proposed to be served through the grant and demonstrate the 
need for the project in that area. Applicants are expected to present 
information on various characteristics of the community(ies) in which 
they expect to operate. If there are particular neighborhoods within 
the city where the grant will be focused, describe these neighborhoods 
and provide available data specific to those areas. Required 
information includes the population of the area, its poverty rate, 
shortage of affordable housing, its unemployment rate, the graduation 
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without a high school diploma. In addition, because one of the goals of 
the YouthBuild program is to provide for the inclusion of tenants who 
were previously homeless individuals or families in the rental of 
housing provided through the program, the incidence of homelessness in 
your community should be included.
    To obtain these indicators, applicants can use census tract data 
from the 2000 census--go to http://factfinder.census.gov and use the 
link on the left for People. Graduation rates for every school district 
in the nation may be found at http://www.edweek.org/apps/maps/.
    All of these indicators must be presented in chart form, which may 
be single-spaced, and the applicant must provide the sources for the 
data provided. In addition, applicants should provide information on 
the economic and employment factors facing the community, including 
negative factors as well as promising economic and employment trends 
that will require an educated and skilled workforce.
    If the organization plans to build or rehabilitate houses or 
community/public facilities in a different community from that in which 
youth will be recruited, present the homelessness and poverty data for 
that area and the unemployment, poverty, and graduation rates for the 
area in which the organization will be recruiting youth participants.
    Applicants will be evaluated on:
     The clear and specific need for a YouthBuild program in 
their community, as evidenced by high poverty and low graduation rates; 
and
     The degree to which other factors in distressed 
communities, such as crime, unemployment, plant closures, or other 
indicators of economic decline, particularly in comparison with other 
areas of the city or state, are negatively impacting youth and their 
families.
2. Program Management, Organizational Capacity, and Evidence of Past 
and Projected Success in YouthBuild or Other Relevant Programs (35 
Points).
i. Program Management and Organizational Capacity (15 Points)
    The applicant must provide a description of the applicant's 
organization and a statement of its qualifications for running a 
YouthBuild program, including years of operation, current annual 
budget, continuity of leadership, and the experience of staff, their 
roles, as well as those of any consultants and collaborative 
organizations that may be part of operating the YouthBuild program. 
Applicants should include an organizational chart that reflects how the 
YouthBuild program will be staffed and, in instances where the 
YouthBuild program is part of a larger organization (e.g., a Housing 
Authority), a diagram that indicates where the YouthBuild program fits 
within the larger organization.
    The applicant must fully describe the organization's capacity to 
track and report outcomes and its ability to collect and manage data in 
a way that allows consistent, accurate, and expedient reporting. The 
applicant must discuss the professional development activities 
available to staff, either on-site or through training funds.
    The applicant must fully describe any previous experience of the 
organization in operating grants from either Federal or non-Federal 
sources. Describe the fiscal controls in place in the organization for 
auditing and accountability procedures. Applicant must also provide 
information on the overall financial stability of the organization that 
has financial oversight for this program. Applicants must include the 
most recent audited financial statements and, if applicable, the 
accompanying management letter. This attachment will not count towards 
your 20-page limit for either the technical proposal or attachments.
    The applicant must describe the organization's ability to handle 
multiple funding streams with appropriate accounting systems in place.
    The applicant must describe its proposed project management 
structure including, where appropriate, the identification of a 
proposed project manager, discussion of the proposed staffing pattern, 
and the qualifications and experience of key staff members or short job 
descriptions and their time commitment to the project.
    Scoring under this criterion will be based on the extent to which 
applicants provide evidence of the following:
     The overall financial stability of the organization as 
demonstrated by strong accounting systems, fiscal controls, previous 
grants management, and the audited financial statements.
     The capacity of the applicant organization to accomplish 
the goals and outcomes of the project, including the ability to collect 
and manage data in a way that allows consistent, accurate, and 
expedient reporting.
     The time commitment of the proposed staff dedicated to the 
YouthBuild program is sufficient to ensure proper direction, 
management, and timely completion of the project.
     The roles and contribution of staff, consultants, and 
collaborative organizations are clearly defined and linked to specific 
tasks.
     The background, experience, and other qualifications of 
the staff are sufficient to carry out their designated roles.
     The adequacy of the budget and narrative to run the 
proposed program, including the cost per participant, which should not 
exceed the range of $15,000-$18,000.
ii. Evidence of Past Success in YouthBuild or Other Relevant Programs 
(20 Points)
    The applicant must fully describe and document past accomplishments 
it has had operating a YouthBuild program or another youth workforce 
development program that is comparable to YouthBuild in its complexity 
and duration in the provision of education and skills training for at-
risk youth, including skills training in housing rehabilitation and 
construction activities. If you have previously received a YouthBuild 
award from DOL, please include the quarterly performance numbers from 
the most recently submitted Quarterly Performance Report. The applicant 
must describe the program and how long the program has been in 
operation. Applicants that have operated a YouthBuild program or 
another comparable youth workforce development program must provide in 
a chart, which may be single-spaced, the following information:
     Program duration (e.g., months participants are enrolled 
in the program);
     Number of youth recruited;
     Number of youth enrolled;
     Number of youth who successfully completed the program;
     Number and percent of youth receiving their GED, high 
school diploma, and/or other state recognized equivalent (including 
recognized alternative standards for individuals with disabilities; 
please differentiate between these credentials);
     Rate of literacy and numeracy gains by participants;
     Number and percent of youth who have entered construction-
related employment;
     Number and percent of youth who have entered other 
employment;
     Employment retention rates;
     Number and percent of youth who have entered post-
secondary training or education;
     Post-secondary training or education retention rates 
(where available, please indicate the number of participants who have 
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secondary training or education and have achieved a credential);
     Number and percent of youth who have entered registered 
apprenticeship programs; and
     Cost per participant.
    The applicant must indicate the projected enrollment per year. 
Please fully describe how both the academic and skills training 
curricula were developed and how long they have been used. Please note 
that projected enrollment described in this section is not binding. At 
the time of grant award, DOL will inform grantees of expected 
enrollment goals as well as expected outcomes based on existing outcome 
data for a YouthBuild program or another comparable youth workforce 
development program. DOL reserves the right to set expected performance 
outcomes at a later date in the awards selection process.
    Scoring under this criterion will be based on the extent to which 
applicants provide evidence of the following:
     The degree to which the performance data is provided and 
documented;
     The degree to which the organization has demonstrated 
success in working with at-risk youth and preparing them for employment 
or education;
     The complexity of construction activities undertaken and 
the degree to which youth are exposed and trained in a variety of 
construction skills;
     The use of occupational skills training curriculum that 
resulted in youth receiving industry-recognized credentials, e.g., the 
National Center for Construction Education and Research, the Home 
Builders Institute's curriculum, or the Building Trades Multi-Craft 
Core curriculum; and
     The use of State-approved curricula for either GED or high 
school diploma.
3. Project Design, Service Strategy, and Program Outcomes (40 Points 
Total).
i. How will youth be recruited and selected for the program? (5 Points)
    The applicant must provide a description that fully demonstrates 
how eligible youth will be recruited and selected as participants, 
including a description of arrangements that will be made for the 
recruitment and selection of eligible youth with the following groups: 
Local Workforce Investment Boards, One-Stop Career Centers, faith-based 
and community organizations, State educational agencies or local 
educational agencies (including agencies of Indian tribes), public 
assistance agencies, the courts of jurisdiction, agencies operating 
shelters for homeless individuals, people with disabilities, and other 
agencies that serve youth who are homeless individuals, foster care 
agencies, and other appropriate public and private agencies. The 
applicant must provide a description that fully demonstrates the 
outreach efforts that will be undertaken to recruit eligible young 
women (including young women with dependent children) as participants. 
Scoring under this criterion will be based on the extent to which 
applicants provide evidence of the following:
     The quality and comprehensiveness of their recruitment 
strategy including methods for outreach, referral, and selection.
     The program's successful efforts to recruit eligible young 
women into the YouthBuild program or other comparable youth workforce 
development program.
ii. How will education and occupational skills training be delivered to 
youth as required by the YouthBuild Transfer Act in an integrated and 
cross-cutting manner? (20 Points)
    The applicant must fully demonstrate how the academic program is 
integrated with the occupational skills training component of the 
program. The applicant must explain how academic and occupational 
skills training instructors work together to reinforce and complement 
classroom and workplace lessons and how other innovative teaching 
strategies are used in the program. Describe how the applied learning 
of the construction trades will improve and enhance the academic 
outcomes for the youth and provide examples of the integration of these 
two YouthBuild program components.
    The applicant must provide a description that fully demonstrates 
the educational and job training activities, work opportunities, post-
secondary education and training opportunities, and other services that 
will be provided to participants, and how those activities, 
opportunities, and services will prepare youth for employment in 
construction occupations in demand in the local labor market. Given the 
connection between education and earnings, DOL expects that the 
academic component will be rigorous and challenging and will provide 
youth with opportunities to transition to post-secondary training. The 
program must be structured so that participants in the program are 
offered education and related services designed to meet educational 
needs for at least 50 percent of the time during which they participate 
in the program. YouthBuild program participants must be offered work 
and skill development activities in housing rehabilitation and 
construction activities, for at least 40 percent of the time during 
which they participate in the program. The 50-40 time allocation 
applies at the program level and not to the actual time that an 
individual spends in a component.
    The applicant must indicate the type of academic credential that 
participants will earn while in the program (GED, high school diploma 
or degree certificate, or other state recognized equivalent including 
recognized alternative standards for people with disabilities). The 
applicant must fully describe the quality of the academic program and 
the qualifications of the teaching staff. The applicant must fully 
describe any innovative and successful strategies that the program or 
initiative has used to address low basic skills of participants. The 
applicant must describe if and how the academic portion of your program 
differs from that of a traditional comprehensive high school. If 
distance learning and/or credit retrieval is used, please fully 
describe how this is incorporated into the overall academic program. 
The applicant must describe how student mastery is demonstrated.
    The applicant must describe how it will link program participants 
to local community colleges and trade schools, particularly for 
YouthBuild programs that only offer GEDs to participants. Please also 
describe the types of college exploration, planning, preparation, and 
assistance that will be provided.
    The applicant must discuss the occupational skills training 
component of the program, including where and how the training will be 
conducted, how the curriculum is developed, the type of industry-
recognized credentials that result from the training, the inclusion of 
green construction skill training, and the involvement of industry 
partners and apprenticeship programs in the development of the 
training. Please describe the skills and qualifications of the 
occupational skills training instructors. Applicants must provide the 
worksite form ETA-9143 and all related attachments as part of their 
proposal. All information requested on the ETA-9143 and related 
attachments must be addressed in full in order to be considered 
responsive to this requirement. Please provide a description of the 
payment structure for participants.
    The applicant must describe how it will oversee the worksite to 
identify existing and potential hazards, how youth will be trained to 
protect themselves from potential worksite accidents, and how hazards 
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prevented and controlled through policies and procedures. Provide 
information on how worksite supervisors will be trained to ensure OSHA-
approved worksite safety. The applicant must indicate the ratio of 
adults to youth at construction training sites.
    This section of the proposal will be rated on:
     The use of innovative and evidence-based instructional 
strategies to address basic skills deficiencies;
     The extent to which a challenging curriculum is provided;
     The extent to which project-based learning or other 
methods of integrating education and occupational skill training are 
used;
     The specific partnerships that create explicit links for 
participants to local community colleges and trade schools;
     The degree to which career and college exploration are 
incorporated into the overall culture of the program;
     The availability of industry-recognized credentials upon 
completion of the occupational skills training components of the 
program;
     The strength of connections to business partners and 
apprenticeship programs;
     The comprehensiveness of form ETA-9143 describing the 
worksite and access;
     The comprehensiveness of safety plans for the occupational 
skills training worksite, including the training of staff and 
participants in OSHA guidelines;
     The extent of green construction training that is included 
in the overall construction curriculum;
     The proposed time period during which educational 
programming will be offered (including when the programming will be 
offered and the amount of time that it will be offered);
     The proposed time period during which occupational skills 
training will be offered (including when the programming will be 
offered and the amount of time that it will be offered); and
     The quality of the integration of these two components.
iii. How will community service learning and leadership development 
opportunities be provided for youth in the program? (5 Points)
    The applicant must describe the proposed leadership curriculum, 
qualifications of instructors, and the impact of the proposed 
leadership activities on the target area. The application must fully 
describe the leadership development training that will be offered to 
participants, the expected leadership competencies with which 
participants will graduate, youth committee involvement strategies, 
efforts for providing the training to build group cohesion and peer 
support, and opportunities for continued leadership after graduation. 
The applicant must describe how community service learning 
opportunities will be implemented at the site.
    Applicants will be evaluated on:
     The quality of leadership development and community 
service learning activities; and
     How these activities are integrated with academic, skills 
training, and career exploration components of the program.
iv. What types of post-program transition services will be provided and 
how will follow-up for outcome reporting and participant retention be 
assured? (10 Points)
    Post-program transition services are defined as services offered 
during program enrollment that will assist a young person in making a 
successful transition from the YouthBuild program into employment and/
or post-secondary education and training programs. Follow-up services 
are services that may be provided to a YouthBuild program participant 
upon exit from the program. Please fully describe the types of post-
program transition services that will be offered to prepare youth for 
career pathway opportunities and placements and/or educational 
opportunities and placements. The applicant must describe how each 
individual's work readiness will be assessed and how work readiness 
training will be provided. Also describe how an individual's readiness 
for placement in post-secondary education and/or apprenticeship 
programs will be assessed. The applicant must demonstrate the types of 
career exploration and planning activities that will be offered by the 
program, particularly for high-growth, high-demand, and high-wage 
occupations. For a list of ETA's or the Department's Targeted High-
Growth Industries, go to: http://www.doleta.gov/brg/jobtraininitiative/#TargetedIndustries.
    The applicant must describe the program's job placement and 
retention strategy, including how the program will work with employers 
and/or One-Stop Career Centers to identify and create job openings for 
the young people served by the program. Describe the types of follow-up 
services that will be provided to support youth as they transition to 
post-secondary education or employment and ensure that they are 
retained in placements. Describe how appropriate continued support 
services will be provided during the nine to twelve month follow-up 
period.
    Important elements for evaluation include:
     The degree to which work readiness and career exploration 
are integrated into the culture, core mission, and activities of the 
program;
     The program's integrated approach to providing post-
program planning for participants; and
     The structure of its participant follow-up service 
strategy.
4. Linkages to Key Partners, Match and Leveraged Resources (15 Points 
Total)
i. Who are the key partners that will be supporting the program? (10 
Points)
    The applicant must describe the key partners who will be involved 
in the proposed YouthBuild project. Specifically, describe in detail 
the activities to be undertaken by partners, the level of commitment 
from each partnering organization, and their qualifications to assist 
with this project. As an attachment, the applicant must include letters 
of commitment from key partners that demonstrate the strength and 
maturity of the partnership, including previous collaboration on 
projects. Please note that letters of support do not equate to letters 
of commitment and should not be included.
    The applicant must provide a description of how the proposed 
program will coordinate with Federal, State, and local agencies and 
Indian tribes to access services, including local workforce investment 
activities with One-Stop Career Centers and their cooperating partners, 
vocational education programs, faith-based organizations, limited 
English proficiency instruction programs, and activities conducted by 
public schools, community colleges, and national service programs, as 
well as other job training provided with funds available under this 
title.
    The applicant must describe partnerships with the juvenile justice 
system, adult probation/parole agencies, and housing and community 
development systems. The applicant must fully describe the specific 
role of employers in the proposed program, such as their role in 
developing the proposed program and assisting in service provision and 
in placement activities. The applicant must fully describe the 
program's relationship with local building trade unions and their role 
in training, the relationship of the proposed program to established

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registered apprenticeship programs and employers, and the ability of 
the applicant to grant industry-recognized skills certifications 
through the program.
    The applicant must indicate the types of private funding the 
organization has secured in the past. Also, fully describe long-term 
partnerships with organizations that have added to the robustness of 
the program and how the organization has sustained these partnerships. 
The applicant must discuss how they have successfully managed 
partnerships.
    Points for this factor will be awarded based on:
     The commitment of additional resources to the proposed 
program (in addition to the funds made available through the grant) by:
    (1) An applicant;
    (2) Recipients of other Federal, State, or local housing and 
community development assistance who will sponsor any part of the 
rehabilitation, construction, operation and maintenance, or other 
housing and community development activities undertaken as part of the 
proposed program; or
    (3) Entities carrying out other Federal, State, or local activities 
or activities conducted by Indian tribes, including vocational 
education programs, adult and language instruction educational 
programs, and job training using funds provided under WIA.
     An applicant's ability to attract as partners in the 
proposed program:
    (1) Education and training providers including:
    (i) The kindergarten through twelfth grade educational system;
    (ii) Adult education;
    (iii) Community and technical colleges;
    (iv) Four-year colleges and universities;
    (v) Registered apprenticeship programs; and
    (vi) Other training entities.
    (2) Employers, including professional organizations and 
associations. An applicant will be evaluated on the extent to which 
employers participate in:
    (i) Defining the program strategy and goals;
    (ii) Identifying needed skills and competencies;
    (iii) Designing training approaches and curricula;
    (iv) Contributing financial support; and
    (v) Hiring qualified YouthBuild graduates.
    (3) The workforce investment system which may include:
    (i) State and local workforce investment boards;
    (ii) State workforce agencies; and
    (iii) One-Stop Career Centers and their cooperating partners.
    (4) The juvenile justice system, and the extent to which it 
provides:
    (i) Support and guidance for YouthBuild participants with court 
involvement; and
    (ii) Assists in the reporting of recidivism rates among YouthBuild 
participants.
    (5) Faith-based and community organizations that serve at-risk and 
disadvantaged youth, and the extent to which they provide a variety of 
grant services such as:
    (i) Case management;
    (ii) Mentoring;
    (iii) English as a Second Language courses; and
    (iv) Other comprehensive supportive services, when appropriate.
    (6) Local building trade unions and established registered 
apprenticeship programs and the extent to which they play a role in 
training, developing curricula, and providing post-program 
opportunities for employment or entry into training programs.
    (7) Housing authorities, where appropriate, and how they are 
engaged in the YouthBuild program including, the recruitment of 
potential participants, the provision of worksites for participant 
training, office or training space, staff, and any other resources that 
they may be providing to the YouthBuild program;
     The partners' knowledge and experience about the proposed 
grant activities and their ability to impact the success of the 
project;
     Evidence, including letters of commitment (not letters of 
support), that key partners have expressed a clear dedication to the 
project and understand their areas of responsibility; and
     Evidence of the demonstrated ability of the applicant to 
successfully manage partnerships.
ii. What match and other leveraged resources are being contributed to 
this project? (5 Points)
    Applicants should clearly describe the required matching funds (not 
to exceed 25 percent and any additional funds or resources leveraged in 
support of the proposed strategies and demonstrate how these funds 
contribute to the goals of the project. Important elements of the 
explanation include:
     Which partners and/or grant sub-recipients have or will 
contribute(d) match and leveraged resources and the extent of each 
contribution, including an itemized description of each contribution;
     The quality of the match and leveraged resources, 
including the extent to which each contribution will be used to further 
the goals of the project; and
     Evidence, such as letters of commitment (not letters of 
support), that key partners have expressed a clear commitment to 
provide the contribution.
    Assessment of this criterion will be based on the extent to which 
the applicant fully describes the amount, commitment, nature, and 
quality of match and leveraged resources. A match in the sum of exactly 
25 percent of the Federal funding request must be provided. Matching 
funds may be either cash or in-kind. Application will also be evaluated 
on the extent to which additional Federal, State, local, or private 
funding is provided for wraparound support services as well as to 
support the costs associated with their defined construction project. 
Both matching funds and additional leveraged resources will be scored 
based on the degree to which the source and use of those resources are 
clearly explained and the extent to which all resources are fully 
integrated into the project to support grant outcomes. Proposing a 
match amount in excess of the required 25 percent will NOT result in 
additional points and may have a negative impact on the overall 
evaluation.

B. Review and Selection Process

    Applications for grants under this Solicitation will be accepted 
after the publication of this announcement and until the closing date. 
Proposals that are timely and responsive to the requirements of this 
SGA will be rated against the criteria listed above by an independent 
panel comprised of representatives from DOL, HUD, U.S. Department of 
Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other peers. 
The ranked scores will serve as the primary basis for selection of 
applications for funding, in conjunction with other factors such as 
urban, rural, and geographic balance; whether the areas to be served 
have previously received grants for YouthBuild programs; the 
availability of funds; and which proposals are most advantageous to the 
Department. The approximately $30 million that remains of FY 2010 funds 
will be reserved for awards to organizations that did not receive 
funding in the FY 2009 YouthBuild competition [SGA/DFA PY 08-07].

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    If an applicant that did not receive funding in the FY 2009 
YouthBuild competition [SGA/DFA PY 08-07] does not receive an award 
from the approximately $30 million of FY 2010 funds, their application 
will automatically be considered for award from the FY 2011 
appropriation.
    The panel results are advisory in nature and not binding on the 
Grant Officer, who may consider any information that comes to his/her 
attention. The Department may elect to award the grant(s) with or 
without discussions with the applicants. Should a grant be awarded 
without discussions, the award will be based on the applicant's 
signature on the SF-424, which constitutes a binding offer by the 
applicant (including electronic signature via E-Authentication on 
http://www.grants.gov).

VI. Award Administration Information

A. Award Notices

    All award notifications will be posted on the ETA homepage (http://www.doleta.gov). Applicants selected for award will be contacted 
directly before the grant's execution. Applicants not selected for 
award will be notified by mail. All applicants will be given the 
opportunity to request written feedback based on the technical panel 
review.
    As part of the grant package and before any drawdown, all 
successful grantees will be required to re-confirm access to their 
proposed worksite. In addition, a revised worksite plan will be 
required before funds can be drawn down for the second year of the 
grant.

B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

1. Administrative Program Requirements
    All grantees will be subject to all applicable Federal laws, 
regulations, and the applicable OMB Circulars. The grant(s) awarded 
under this SGA will be subject to the following administrative 
standards and provisions:
    i. Non-Profit Organizations--OMB Circular A-122 (Cost Principles), 
relocated to 2 CFR part 230, and 29 CFR part 95 (Administrative 
Requirements).
    ii. Educational Institutions--OMB Circular A-21 (Cost Principles), 
relocated to 2 CFR part 220, and 29 CFR part 95 (Administrative 
Requirements).
    iii. State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments--OMB Circular A-87 
(Cost Principles), relocated to 2 CFR part 225, and 29 CFR part 97 
(Administrative Requirements).
    iv. Profit Making Commercial Firms--Federal Acquisition Regulation 
(FAR)--48 CFR part 31 (Cost Principles), and 29 CFR part 95 
(Administrative Requirements).
    v. The Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Public Law 105-220, 112 
Stat. 936 (codified, as amended, at 29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.) and 20 CFR 
part 667 (General Fiscal and Administrative Rules);
    vi. 29 CFR Part 37--Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and 
Equal Opportunity Provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998;
    vii. All entities must comply with 29 CFR parts 93 (New 
Restrictions on Lobbying), 29 CFR part 94 (Governmentwide Requirements 
for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance)), and 29 CFR part 98 
(Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension), and, where applicable, 29 
CFR part 96 (Audit Requirements for Grants, Contracts, and Other 
Agreements) and 29 CFR Part 99 (Audits of States, Local Governments and 
Non-Profit Organizations).
    ix. 29 CFR part 2, subpart D--Equal Treatment in Department of 
Labor Programs for Religious Organizations, Protection of Religious 
Liberty of Department of Labor Social Service Providers and 
Beneficiaries.
    x. 29 CFR part 31--Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs 
of the Department of Labor--Effectuation of Title VI of the Civil 
Rights Act of 1964.
    xi. 29 CFR part 32--Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in 
Programs and Activities Receiving or Benefiting from Federal Financial 
Assistance.
    xii. 29 CFR part 33--Enforcement of Nondiscrimination on the Basis 
of Handicap in Programs or Activities Conducted by the Department of 
Labor.
    xiii. 29 CFR part 35-- Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Age in 
Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance from the 
Department of Labor.
    xiv. 29 CFR part 36--Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in 
Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial 
Assistance.
    The following administrative standards and provisions also may be 
applicable:
    i. The YouthBuild Transfer Act, Public Law 109-281, 120 Stat 1173 
(codified at 29 U.S.C. 2918a);
    ii. 29 CFR parts 29 and 30--Labor Standards for the Registration of 
Apprenticeship Programs and Equal Employment Opportunity in 
Apprenticeship and Training;
    iii. 29 CFR part 570--Child Labor Regulations, Orders, and 
Statements of Interpretation;
    iv. The Davis-Bacon Act, as amended, 40 U.S.C. 3141 et seq. and 29 
CFR part 5--Labor Standards Provisions Applicable to Contracts Covering 
Federally Financed and Assisted Construction;
    v. Health and Safety Standards established under Federal and State 
Law (including the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970) 
otherwise applicable to working conditions of employees are equally 
applicable to working conditions of participants engaged in the 
activities funded by this grant. See 29 U.S.C. 2931(b)(4); and
    vi. Environmental protection statutes and regulations as 
applicable.
    In accordance with Section 18 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 
1995 (Pub. L. 104-65) (2 U.S.C. 1611) non-profit entities incorporated 
under Internal Revenue Service Code section 501(c)(4) that engage in 
lobbying activities are not eligible to receive Federal funds and 
grants.

Other Administrative Standards and Provisions:

    Except as specifically provided in this Notice, DOL/ETA's 
acceptance of a proposal and an award of Federal funds to sponsor any 
program(s) does not provide a waiver of any grant requirements and/or 
procedures. For example, OMB Circulars require that an entity's 
procurement procedures must ensure that all procurement transactions 
are conducted, as much as practical, to provide open and free 
competition. If a proposal identifies a specific entity to provide 
services, the DOL/ETA's award does not provide the justification or 
basis to sole source the procurement, i.e., avoid competition, unless 
the activity is regarded as the primary work of an official partner to 
the application.
    Further, as a Federal agency, DOL has a statutory duty to 
affirmatively further fair housing. DOL requires the same of its 
funding recipients under this solicitation. If the organization is a 
successful applicant, the organization will have a duty to 
affirmatively further fair housing opportunities for classes protected 
under the Fair Housing Act. Protected classes include race, color, 
national origin, religion, sex, disability, and familial status. 
Therefore, the grantee must take specific steps to:
     Overcome the effects of impediments to fair housing choice 
that were identified in the jurisdiction's Analysis of Impediments (AI) 
to Fair Housing Choice;
     Remedy discrimination in housing; or
     Promote fair housing rights and fair housing choice.
    Further, the applicant has a duty to carry out the specific 
activities provided in its responses to this solicitation that

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address affirmatively furthering fair housing.
2. Special Program Requirements
    i. Evaluation of YouthBuild Program.
    To measure the impact of the YouthBuild programs, DOL has arranged 
for an independent evaluation of the outcomes and benefits of the 
projects. ETA has contracted with an independent organization to 
conduct a rigorous, national evaluation of the YouthBuild program. A 
subset of grantees will be selected to participate in the evaluation 
and those that are selected will be required to participate.
    The evaluation will use a random assignment design, which includes 
a computerized process that will randomly select which of the youth 
that grantees deem eligible for the program will receive YouthBuild 
services. This process, similar to drawing names from a hat, is fair 
and ensures that everyone has the same chance of getting YouthBuild 
services. Those who are not admitted will form a control group and may 
be referred to other non-similar youth services. The grantees will be 
responsible for obtaining the consent of applicants to be randomly 
selected to be in the control group, and for informing the applicants 
that they have been selected. The evaluation contractor will work with 
each grantee to develop study procedures that minimize any disruption 
of the grantee's intake procedures and program operations. It is 
expected that the evaluation will not reduce the total number of youth 
who are served by the YouthBuild program. For more information on the 
evaluation, please see the Q & A section of this solicitation.

C. Reporting

    Grantees must agree to meet DOL reporting requirements. Quarterly 
financial reports, quarterly progress reports, and MIS data will be 
submitted by the grantee electronically. The grantee is required to 
provide the reports and documents listed below:
1. Quarterly Financial Reports
    A Quarterly Financial Status Report (ETA 9130) is required until 
such time as all funds have been expended or the grant period has 
expired. Quarterly reports are due 45 days after the end of each 
program year quarter. Grantees must use DOL's On-Line Electronic 
Reporting System about which information and instructions will be 
provided to grantees.
2. Quarterly Narrative Progress Reports
    The grantee must submit a quarterly progress report to their 
designated Federal Project Officer within 45 days after the end of each 
quarter. This report must provide a detailed account of activities 
undertaken during that quarter. The quarterly progress report should be 
in narrative form and should include:
    i. In-depth information on accomplishments, including project 
success stories, upcoming grant activities, and promising approaches 
and processes.
    ii. Progress toward performance outcomes, including updates on 
product, curricula, and training development.
3. Quarterly Performance Reports
    Organizations will be required to submit updated data on 
enrollment, services provided, placements, outcomes, and follow-up 
status within 45 days after the end of each quarter. A government-
procured, Web-based Case Management and Performance system will be 
provided at no charge to all grantees. Grantees will be required to 
have industry-standard computer hardware and high-speed Internet access 
in order to use the MIS system. Grant funds may be used with the prior 
approval of the Grant Officer to upgrade computer hardware and Internet 
access to enable projects to use the MIS system.
4. Injury Incident Reports
    Organizations will be required to submit incident reports of 
injuries received by enrollees during the training program. DOL will 
provide specifications for this reporting after grant award.
5. Final Report
    A final report must be submitted no later than 90 days after the 
expiration date of the grant. This report must summarize project 
activities, employment outcomes, and related results of the training 
project, and should thoroughly document capacity building and training 
approaches. The final report should also include copies of all 
deliverables, e.g. curricula and competency models. Three copies of the 
final report must be submitted to ETA, and grantees must agree to use a 
designated format specified by DOL for preparing the final report.
6. A Closeout Financial Status Report Is Due 90 Days After the End of 
the Grant Period.
7. Record Retention
    Applicants should be aware of Federal guidelines on record 
retention, which require grantees to maintain all records pertaining to 
grant activities for a period of not less than 3 years from the time of 
final grant close-out.

VII. Agency Contacts

    For further information about this SGA, please contact Ariam Ferro, 
Grants Management Specialist, Division of Federal Assistance, at (202) 
693-3968 (please note this is not a toll-free number). Applicants 
should fax all technical questions to (202) 693-2705 and must 
specifically address the fax to the attention of Ariam Ferro and should 
include SGA/DFA PY 10-02, a contact name, fax and phone number, and e-
mail address. This announcement is being made available on the ETA Web 
site at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/find_grants.cfm, at http://www.grants.gov, and in the Federal Register.

VIII. Additional Resources of Interest to Applicants

A. Web-Based Resources

    DOL maintains a number of Web-based resources that may be of 
assistance to applicants:
     The Web site for ETA (http://www.doleta.gov) is a valuable 
source for background information on the High Growth Job Training 
Initiative.
     The Workforce3One Web site (http://www.workforce3one.org) 
is a valuable resource for information about demand-driven projects of 
the workforce investment system, educators, employers, and economic 
development representatives.
     America's Service Locator (http://www.servicelocator.org) 
provides a directory of the nation's One-Stop Career Centers.
     We encourage applicants to review ``Applying for ETA 
Competitive Grants: A Web-Based Toolkit for Prospective Applicants'' 
(http://www.workforce3one.org/page/grants_toolkit).
     For an understanding of the Department's Equal Treatment 
and Religion-Related regulations and the responsibilities of receiving 
Federal grant support, please see ``Transforming Partnerships: How to 
Apply the U.S. Department of Labor's Equal Treatment and Religion-
Related Regulations to Public-Private Partnerships'' at: http://www.workforce3one.org/view/5566/info.
     TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT NOTICE NO. 44-07 ``Providing 
Strategies to the One-Stop Career Center System on Collaborating with 
YouthBuild Programs'' can be found at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2646.

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IX. Other Information

OMB Information Collection No. 1225-0086

OMB Information Collection No. 1225-0086, Expires November 30, 2012

    According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are 
required to respond to a collection of information unless such 
collection displays a valid OMB control number. Public reporting burden 
for this collection of information is estimated to average 20 hours per 
response, including time for reviewing instructions, searching existing 
data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing 
and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding 
the burden estimated or any other aspect of this collection of 
information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the 
U.S. Department of Labor, to the attention of: Departmental Clearance 
Officer, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N-1310, Washington, DC 
20210. Comments may also be e-mailed to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. 
Please do not return the completed application to this address. Send it 
to the sponsoring agency as specified in this solicitation.
    This information is being collected for the purpose of awarding a 
grant. The information collected through this ``Solicitation for Grant 
Applications'' will be used by DOL to ensure that grants are awarded to 
the applicant best suited to perform the functions of the grant. 
Submission of this information is required in order for the applicant 
to be considered for award of this grant. Unless otherwise specifically 
noted in this announcement, information submitted in the respondent's 
application is not considered to be confidential.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 28th day of September 2010.
Donna Kelly,
Grant Officer, Employment and Training Administration.
[FR Doc. 2010-24825 Filed 10-1-10; 8:45 am]
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