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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, Agency,
or IHE to Create a Collaborative for Workforce Assistance

Workforce System Technical Assistance Collaborative

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U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

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11/08/21 4:00 PM ET Receipt


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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit or for-profit organization, agency, IHE, or trade union to create a collaborative that will provide workforce assistance on a national level. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to a month to complete. The Collaborative will primarily engage the workforce system and its partners through a virtual platform/online presence.

This solicitation seeks to establish one (or possibly more based on an applicant’s program design) TA Collaborative to provide effective, efficient delivery of TA services, with the desired result of establishing a comprehensive and coordinated approach to improving services and outcomes of the public workforce system. This Collaborative is not a physical center, but rather a hub or focal point for collaboration. Jointly led by DOL and the selected applicant(s), this approach will include assessing TA needs, developing and delivering TA events and materials to share information on evidence-based practices, and developing TA tools, resources, and subject matter expertise throughout the public workforce system. To produce strong evidence on the effectiveness of the TA delivered, the Department will require the Collaborative to assess the effectiveness of the TA provided on an on-going basis.

Applicants must demonstrate how they will provide technical assistance on promising and evidence-based practices in the following areas: 1) Pandemic Response (virtual service delivery and topics related to reemployment and economic recovery); 2) WIOA Implementation (i.e., governance, aligned and integrated service delivery, strategic planning, career pathways); 3) Fiscal, Administrative, Programmatic, and Operational Strategies; 4) Sector Partnerships and Employer Engagement Strategies, including Registered Apprenticeship sponsors; and 5) Performance and Results. Among multiple topics, TA shall include a focus on ensuring equitable services and positive outcomes for communities of color and other underserved populations, including individuals with disabilities. These foci may evolve during the subsequent years of the cooperative agreement based on the overall workforce environment and the areas of greatest TA need.

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GrantWatch ID#: 198297

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,500,000

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is thirty-six (36) months with an anticipated start date of February 2022. This performance period includes all necessary implementation and start-up activities. While the period of performance is 36 months, applicants should plan to expend most of the funding within the first 24 to 30 months of the period of performance. Applicants may allow a few months for start-up and planning, at least 24 to 30 months of activities, with the remainder of the period of performance for TA evaluation and other reflection activities.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be organizations that possess the internal capacity, external relationships, and expertise in workforce development that will enable them to deliver TA services on a national, system-wide scale to the public workforce system. The following entities are eligible to apply:
- Non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses;
- Educational institutions, including community colleges, universities, and research institutions;
- Labor organizations or trade unions; or
- State governments and state workforce development boards, or private institutes or independent policy research organizations.

An applicant must have the expertise (particularly within the publicly-funded workforce development arena), resources, and capacity (number of personnel, subject matter experts) to deliver comprehensive workforce system TA on a nationwide basis. DOL anticipates that most eligible entities will not singularly possess the expertise or capacity to operate the project unassisted and will need to engage partners. As such, the lead applicant’s implementation plan must include a description of the associated partners, if engaged, to supplement program activities to fully address and execute all of the required grant funded activities and deliverables. Those applicants proposing partnerships must describe the roles and expected contributions of the partners and documentation that include Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) or Letters of Commitment.

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Pre-Application Information:

The closing date for receipt of applications under this Announcement is Monday, November 8, 2021. Applications must be received no later than 4:00:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

All applicants for federal grant and funding opportunities must have a DUNS number. Additionally, applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application.

The registration process can take as long as four weeks to complete. The submission process can be complicated and time-consuming. You are strongly advised to initiate the process as soon as possible and to plan for time to resolve technical problems.

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Andrea Hill, Grants Management Specialist
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(202) 693-3542

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17.207, 17.281

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