DOL – Face Forward 3 – Intermediary and Community Grants (2015)

APPLICATIONS DUE: April 23, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Description: The Face Forward 3 – Intermediary and Community grants will offer organizations the opportunity to develop and implement programs that will focus on addressing the employment barriers of court-involved youth while helping them attain in-demand occupational and employment skills needed to obtain good jobs. These grants will help participants move forward into the future by combining the most promising workforce and juvenile justice strategies available. These grants are designed to systematically improve the workforce outcomes of court-involved youth by helping them to continue their education and obtain industry-recognized credentials that prepare them for jobs in demand industries using career pathways.

The core project components for these grants include: case management including family supports, mentoring, educational interventions, service-learning, occupational training in demand industries which lead to industry-recognized credentials, workforce activities that lead to employment, follow-up activities, family supports and expungement and diversion. The expungement and diversion components will be provided through the juvenile justice system (JJS) and non-profit legal services organizations.

Community grantees or sub-grantees of intermediary organizations must collaborate with the local components of the JJS to ensure that court-involved youth receive referrals into programs as a means of diversion or diverting them from juvenile detention, and collaborate with non-profit legal services organizations to assist program participants with expungement or other state recognized methods, such as sealing juvenile records, as a means of mitigating those records.

Funding Title: Face Forward 3 – Intermediary and Community Grants

Agency Name: Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. The notice states:

“We are requiring all grantees to provide the expungement and diversion component to participants, as appropriate, because there is some evidence that these two strategies are particularly effective in increasing the employability of youth who have had transgressions with the law. To deliver this particular component, intermediary grantees (through their sub-grantees) and community grantees must collaborate with non-profit legal services providers to assist participants with expungement actions, and be designated by the JJS as a diversion program.”

Target Population: Youth between the ages of 14 to 24 that have been involved in the juvenile justice system and never convicted in the adult criminal system.

Expected Number of Awards: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) plans to award four intermediary organization grants of $5 million each and approximately 10 community organization grants of up to $1,050,000 million each,

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

How to Apply: This FOA, found at and, contains all of the information and links to forms needed to apply for grant funding. Applicants should note that hyperlinks to portions of the FOA are included in various parts of the Announcement. Applicants are required to comply with all parts of the FOA, including those parts found at the hyperlinks.

Current Closing Date for Applications: April 23, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Estimated Total Program Funding: $30,500,000

Award Ceiling: $5,000,000 each for four intermediary organizations and $1,050,000 each to 10 community organizations.

Award Floor: $1,500,000

Eligible Applicants:

Community Grant Applicants

Eligible applicants include any current or prior Face Forward grantees, any community or faith-based organization with 501(c)3 non-profit status (including women and minority-focused organizations), unit of state or local government, or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under WIA Section 166.

Intermediary Grant Applicants

Eligible applicants include any current or prior Face Forward grantees, any community or faith-based organization with 501(c)3 non-profit status (including women’s and minority organizations) or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under WIA Section 166. Only organizations that have an affiliate network or offices in at least two states are eligible to be intermediary applicants.

Priority Consideration: Title 38 U.S.C. 4215 requires grantees to provide priority of service to 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.

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds: See

Current/Past Funding Recipients: 2013  2014

Link to Full Announcement:

Contact Information: For further information about this FOA, please contact Denise Roach, Grants Management Specialist, Office of Grants Management, at (202) 693-3820.

Applicants should e-mail all technical questions to and must specifically reference FOA-ETA-15-04, and along with question(s), include a contact name, fax and phone number. This Announcement is being made available on the ETA Web site at and at

Categories: Department of Labor, Employment, Express Language for Legal Aid, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Reentry, Subgrant Possibilities

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