How to Apply Grants
- A government-wide registry for vendors doing business with the federal government. ALL DOL funding recipients must have and maintain an active SAM.gov registration from the time of application through the end of the period of performance.
- DUNS: Dun & Bradstreet website: Currently, all organizations must have a DUNS number in order to register with SAM.gov
- The website where discretionary DOL grant applications are submitted, along with federal grant opportunities from other Departments/Agencies.
- Approved Forms at Grants.gov
- Grants.gov Applicant Resources: There are several tools, documents, user guides, animated tutorials and other useful information available here.
- Competitive Grant Application Tips
- Annotated Example Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): A sample FOA with notations to help prospective applicants understand the language and requirements in order to respond to an announcement.
New Application Procedures for National Dislocated Worker Grants
On March 18, 2020, the Department published Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 12-19, National Dislocated Worker Grant Program Guidance. TEGL 12-19 rescinds the previous DWG operating guidance transmitted through TEGL 2-15, as well as provides updates to the workforce system regarding DWG funding requirements.
To apply for DWGs, please review the Instructions for the Submission of National Dislocated Worker Grant Applications and Modifications, which has been recently updated for use by all stakeholders, including applicants, as well as Regional and National Office staff.
To submit an application for a DWG, eligible applicants must apply through Grants.gov by accessing the applicable DWG funding opportunity (one of two):
As of September 30, 2019, the Quarterly Performance Report (QPR), form ETA-9104 in the e-System, expires. This is the last day a report may be submitted for the quarter ending June 30, 2019. Performance reports for the quarter ending September 30, 2019 must be submitted in accordance with TEGL 14-18, Aligning Performance Accountability Reporting, Definitions, and Policies Across Workforce Employment and Training Programs Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The requirements for DWGs are specifically outlined in Attachment 6 of TEGL 14-18.
- TEGL No. 12-19, National Dislocated Worker Grant Program Guidance , found at this link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325616 .
The announcement pertains to both Disaster Recovery and Employment Recovery DWGs.
Applicants requesting DWG funding for the COVID-19 response must apply under TEGL No. 12-19. Applicants must submit an SF-424 (Request for Federal Assistance) and are encouraged to submit the required information via the suggested form, COVID-19 DWG - Project Summary for New Grant Request, attached to the announcement
- TEGL No. 4-18, Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grants to Address the Opioid Crisis, found at this link: www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=308985.
Funding opportunities for formula grants are available for State Workforce Agencies, State Labor Commissioners, Indian and Native American Program Grantees, and State Apprenticeship Agencies. These opportunities are announced through Training and Employment Guidance Letters (TEGLs) or Unemployment Insurance Program Letters (UIPLs) sent directly to eligible entities (may vary depending on the opportunity), and posted on www.grants.gov and www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/grants. The program purpose, funding, and submission requirements are outlined in the appropriate TEGL or UIPL. An example of a most recent formula grant opportunity can be found here.
- OMB Uniform Guidance: The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) at 2 CFR 200 is the first consolidation of grant management requirements in many years. Prior to the Uniform Guidance, Federal grant management requirements governing administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements were found in eight separate OMB Circulars.
The Department of Labor's adoption of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) is found at 2 CFR 2900 which includes a limited number of exceptions approved by OMB to ensure consistency with existing policy and procedures.
- Division of Cost Determination:
Information to help explain what indirect costs are and whether they are appropriate for an applicant to include indirect costs in their budget submission. There is also information about how an applicant would work with the Cost Determination Division to commence the indirect cost negotiation process.