Sunday, December 20, 2009

Federal Funding for Non-profit Jobs

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF), states can provide millions in additional support for jobs. These funds can be used for private, public, and non-profit organizations.

This program varies state by state, as states have some control on the use of these funds. As an example, here is the notice from Florida. Our non-profit customers may want to pursue this as a potential resources for certain types of hires in their organizations. Again, this is a sample from one state only:

Florida Back To Work

Program Overview for Public and Not-for-Profit Employers

Source and Amount of Funding

Funding of the Florida Back to Work will come from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds, available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's (ARRA) Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF). The state can provide up to $200 million in additional one-time, non- recurring federal funds for jobs for Florida's neediest citizens.

Eligible Persons

Workforce will screen applicants for eligibility and skills. Employees will be managed through Mary K. Thomas Employment Agency. Parents with a child younger than 18 whose family income is less than 200% of federal poverty level in the last 30 days are eligible. Applicants must be enrolled in EmployFlorida.com.

Program Length

Funding is available through September 30, 2010.

Eligible Projects/Positions

Private, public and not-for-profit entities can participate. This fact sheet is written for public and not-for- project entities.

Not-for-profit employment projects must result in measurable, visible outcomes that are approved by their governing board and are consistent with their organization's mission.

Not-for-profit and public entities are not required to create permanent positions.

No position whose normal salary is above $40,000 per year qualifies for the subsidy program.

Positions that have been involved in a recent layoff may not be eligible.

Employers must provide direct paid project supervision. Supervision that is federally-funded is not eligible for matching.

Employers must demonstrate financial stability.

The subsidy will cover up to 100% of the wages of the participants in the projects. The agency must provide local cash match to cover 20% of the grant management fee to Workforce Connection, 20% of the staffing service costs and 20% of the basic benefits provided by the staffing firm.

Hope this is useful.

Douglas Zimmerman
President & CEO
VisionLink, Inc.