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H-1B Job Training Grants

Number: 17.268
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
17.268 H-1B Job Training Grants
Federal Agency (030):
Employment Training Administration, Department of Labor
Authorization (040):
American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998, Section 414(c), Public Law 105-227.
Objectives (050):
The H-1B Job Training Grant Program funds projects that provide training and related activities to workers to assist them in gaining the skills and competencies needed to obtain or upgrade employment in high-growth industries or economic sectors. Over time, these education and training programs will help businesses reduce their use of skilled foreign professionals permitted to work in the U.S. on a temporary basis under the H-1B visa program.
Types of Assistance (060):
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funds are to be used to provide job training services and related activities to assist workers in gaining the skills and competencies needed to obtain or upgrade employment positions in high-growth industries and economic sectors which currently use H-1B visas to employ foreign workers. Grant opportunities are published in the Federal Register. Please refer to the Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGAs) for specific eligibility requirements. See above. A very small percentage of funds will be used by the Department of Labor for grants administration, technical assistance, and performance reporting.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Grants may be awarded to a partnership of private and public sector entities as defined in the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA). Applicants may generally be public and non-profit organizations. See the Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGAs) for specific requirements.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
The scope of potential trainees under these programs can be very broad. Please review the Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGAs) for specific requirements. Training may be targeted to a wide variety of populations including unemployed individuals and incumbent workers.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Generally grantees must demonstrate an adequate organizational capacity, both fiscally and programmatically, including a project management structure. Additionally, grantees must provide evidence of the use of data systems to track outcomes in a timely and accurate manner. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Grants for projects are awarded on a competitive basis, announced in Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGAs) in the Federal Register and also on ETA's Internet Web site at To compete for a grant, organizations develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how the organization will provide services to a targeted population. The SGAs provide all of the necessary information for applying for federal assistance.
Award Procedure (093):
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable request for proposals. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel composed of staff from ETA program offices as well as peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the application and the cumulative rating. Selections are made based on the best rated proposals, as well as other factors cited in the SGA. Once selections are made by the Grant Officer, an Award Notification is sent through the appropriate congressional channels for notification. After awardees are notified, the list of awardees is posted on the ETA website at If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant as notification that they were not selected as a recipient of the grant.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 120 days. ETA announces grant recipients once the paneling process is complete, generally 90 to 120 days after the application deadline.
Appeals (096):
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Application.
Renewals (097):
Renewals with funds are generally not available. However, with significant justification ETA may elect to exercise its option to award no-cost extensions to these grants for an additional period at its own discretion, based on the success of the program and other relevant factors.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: The requirement for match is contingent on the activities proposed by the applicant. Applicants that propose incumbent worker training activities must provide resources as matching funds, if applicable. For detailed information about match requirements, applicants should refer to the specific Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGAs). For applicants that do not include incumbent worker training activities, cost sharing or matching funds are not required as a condition for application.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Most projects last three to four years. Payments to grantees are usually made by Letter of Credit draw-down procedures. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Grantees are required to submit quarterly reports within 45 days of the end of the calendar quarter regarding the status of their project. Quarterly financial reports are required within 45 days of the end of the quarter. Regional Federal Project Officers conduct performance monitoring using risk assessments, desk reviews, and on-site monitoring. Final project reports are due to ETA 45 days after the grant ends.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
Recipients are required to maintain books, records, documents, and other evidence of accounting procedures and practices sufficient to reflect properly all direct and indirect costs of whatever nature claimed to have been incurred for the performance of the grant. Records are to be retained for three years from the date of final payment unless the grant officer authorizes earlier disposal.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $22,000,000; FY 14 est $21,000,000; and FY 15 est $90,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Awards generally range from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000. Please review specific Solicitations for Grant Applications for specific details.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: Performance plans are posted annually and are available on the Internet at: DOL Budget information is available at Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Provided in applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the nearest Employment and Training Administration Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office (152):
Melissa Smith 200 Constitution Ave., NW
Room C-4526, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Phone: (202) 693-2647
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Criteria for selecting proposals are specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications.