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Program Structure

Below is a summary of the programmatic and administrative components of the Real Jobs RI grant program.

“Cooperative Agreement” Structure
Real Jobs RI operates much like the cooperative agreement model used by the Federal Government. From an administrative perspective, the Department sought and received input and approval from the appropriate authorities to award funds to partnerships and work closely with those partnerships to guide and support program success. Real Jobs RI operates in accordance with Section 10 of the State of Rhode Island Procurement Regulations.

Partnership Solicitation and Evaluation
To apply to be an industry or regional partnership in Real Jobs RI, collaborations of no fewer than five employers, two other strategic partners (such as a college, university, or nonprofit), and a lead entity responded to the solicitation for proposals. These proposals are evaluated by a Review Committee established by Department of Labor and Training based on pre-established criteria. After evaluation and due diligence checks conducted on the lead entity; final approval for awards is determined by the Director of the Department of Labor and Training, based on the recommendations of the Review Committee while taking into account other factors, such as geographic distribution, industry diversity, economic and workforce market conditions, the potential for state and sector economic growth, and serving target and/or high-need populations.  

Award Agreement and Addendum
Once Partnerships are selected, they enter into an Award Agreement with the Department. This agreement provides funds for the activity or activities included in the proposal and establishes the relationship between the partnership and the Department. Future funds are not guaranteed and will be based on successful performance.

Assignment of a Grant Advisor
Real Jobs RI Grant Advisors will be closely engaged with all Real Jobs Partnerships that receive funding, to provide plan-specific support and technical assistance. Grant Advisors will work with Partnerships to highlight accomplishments of training programs and may implement technical assistance plans for outcomes that are not reached.

Applications for Additional Funds
Partnerships must apply for additional funding opportunities. Already approved and competitively-solicited partnerships have the ability to request additional funds to expand, repeat, or introduce new training program activities, or other workforce solutions, consistent with their approved plans. Applications for additional funds are reviewed based on a set of criteria including, but not limited to: demonstrated need, the extent to which the proposal represents an innovative strategy, the potential number of individuals training and/or hired; and the inclusion of clear and measurable performance goals. Final approval for each proposal will be determined by the Director of the Department of Labor and Training, based on these criteria as well other factors, such as geographic distribution, industry diversity, economic and workforce market conditions, the potential for state and sector economic growth, and the populations served.

If a partnership is awarded additional funds, they must complete a new Award Addendum. As with their original award, this document refines the specific details of the proposal and includes a delineated scope of work describing what funds will be used for, when that will happen, and how success will be defined and measured; along with a budget and reimbursement/reporting scheduled.

Braiding State and Federal Resources
The funding allocation to each Real Jobs RI partnership is based on what activities they are proposing and which participants they serve. Federal resources can help pay for training and career services for specific clients based on eligibility. State resources (provided through the Job Development Fund) can help pay for training for other clients, such as current workers, as well as other non-training workforce solutions identified by partnerships. A strict intake process determines each participant’s eligibility. That ‘mix’ of participants then determines the proportional reimbursement for each partnership.

 

These six elements form the programmatic foundation of Real Jobs RI. Any additions or changes to these elements will be provided on this web page as necessary. 

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