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.
- The Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) used by the Federal government will replace the Dun & Bradstreet's Data Universal Numbering System, commonly known as the DUNS number, as of April 4, 2022. Entities that already have a DUNS number, subrecipients that use DUNS number for subaward reporting purposes, and new applicants for a Federal award, please refer to the information link below for more information:
- 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.
Application Procedures for National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs)
On June 16, 2022, the Department published Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 16-21, National Dislocated Worker Grant Program Guidance. TEGL 16-21 rescinds the previous DWG operating guidance transmitted through TEGL 12-19, as well as provides updates to the workforce system regarding DWG funding requirements.
To submit an application for a new DWG, eligible applicants must apply through Grants.gov by accessing the applicable DWG funding opportunity (one of two):
- TEGL No. 16 -21, National Dislocated Worker Grant Program Guidance, found at this link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=341845.
The TEGL pertains to both Disaster Recovery and Employment Recovery DWGs.
Applicants requesting DWG funding must apply by submitting an application package through the Grants.gov link above that is responsive to the information requested in the Suggested Grant Application attached to the TEGL and posted on Grants.gov under Related Documents. Applicants are encouraged to use the Suggested Grant Application to ensure all the requested information required in a full or emergency application is clearly addressed.
The application package for new grant awards includes the SF-424 (Request for Federal Assistance), SF-424A, Budget Narrative, and Statement of Work.
Note: Incremental or supplemental funding requests for existing awards must be submitted as modifications through Regional Offices. Grant recipients should contact their assigned Federal Project Officer to prepare and submit their modification request. TEGL No. 16-21, Section 3, Grant Funding Approach, provides additional information regarding considerations for incremental and supplemental funding.
- TEGL No. 4-18, Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grants to Address the Opioid Crisis, found at this
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.