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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Indian and Native American Programs – Employment and Training Grants

  • Granting Agency: Department of Labor
  • Appropriation Amount: $71,000,000
  • Grant Amount:  ~$16,000 – $6,200,000, no match
  • Announcement Date: March 21, 2022
  • Closing Date: May 6, 2022

Learn more here.

Two Prospective Applicant Webinars are scheduled for April 4 and April 5, 2022, each from 3
p.m. to 4:30 p.m (ET). While a review of one of the available Webinars is strongly encouraged
to support successful grant applications, it is not mandatory. The Grants.gov posting of this
Funding Opportunity Announcement will be updated with a Webinar link once available.

Purpose: This program is to support employment and training activities for Indian, Alaska
Native, and Native Hawaiian individuals in order to:

1) develop more fully the academic, occupational, and literacy skills of such individuals

2) make such individuals more competitive in the workforce and equip them with the entrepreneurial skills necessary for successful self-employment

3) promote the economic and social development of Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities in accordance with the goals and values of such communities.

Eligible Expenditures:

See section B2.

  • Personnel
  • Fringe benefits
  • Travel
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Construction
  • Some Indirect Costs

Eligible Applicants:

  • Federally recognized Indian tribes
  • Tribal organizations, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 450b
  • Alaska Native-controlled organizations
  • Native Hawaiian-controlled organizations
  • Indian-controlled organizations as defined at 20 CFR 684.130
  • A consortium of eligible entities which meets the legal requirements for a consortium as
    described at 20 CFR 684.200(e)
  • State-recognized tribal organizations that meet the definition of an Indian-controlled organization as defined at 20 CFR 684.130 and incumbent State-recognized tribes that meet the requirements at 20 CFR 684.130
  • Alaska Native-controlled organizations; Native Hawaiian-controlled organizations; and
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities.

In addition and in accordance with 20 CFR 684.200(b):

A new entity (not an incumbent grantee) must have a population within the designated
geographic service area which would receive at least $100,000 under the funding formula found
at § 684.270(b), including any amounts received for supplemental youth services under the
funding formula at § 684.440(a). The Grant Officer may consider applications that do not
initially meet the $100,000 funding threshold if the Grant Officer offers— and the applicant
accepts—additional geographic areas to its application in order to meet the $100,000 threshold.

And in accordance with 20 CFR 684.200(c) and (d):

Incumbent grantees with a population not meeting the dollar threshold under the funding
formula and receiving INAP funding of less than $100,000 as of October 18, 2016 will be
grandfathered into the program and are eligible to be awarded less than $100,000, so long as the
grantees have continuously received less than $100,000 since October 18, 2016. The
Department will make an exception to the $100,000 minimum for applicants that apply for
WIOA funding through Public Law 102–477, as amended by Public Law 115-93, the Indian,
Employment, Training, and Related Services demonstration program, if all resources to be
consolidated under the Public Law 102– 477 plan total at least $100,000, with at least $20,000
derived from sec. 166 funds. However, incumbent Public Law 102–477 grantees that were
receiving INA funding of less than $20,000 as of October 18, 2016 will be grandfathered into the
program and are eligible to be awarded less than $20,000, so long as the grantees have
continuously received less than $20,000 since October 18, 2016.