To support Snohomish County’s world-class aerospace workforce through training and education programs that provide employees with the skills and training to maintain the County’s competitive edge in the commercial aerospace sector (including maintenance, repair, and overhaul of airframes and engines; manufacturing of aerospace parts and components for commercial aircrafts; assembly and repair).
In recognition of the profound change COVID-19 has had on aerospace businesses and its workforce, Snohomish County has launched a customized short-term training initiative known as the Aerospace Employment Recovery & Training Program (AERO-ERTP). This program aims to increase the resiliency of local businesses and to facilitate the reintegration of furloughed workers into the workforce, primarily though cohort-based trainings.
The AERO-ERTP is designed to accomplish the following:
The AERO-ERTP program provides businesses with a grant for preapproved, direct, training-related costs:
Allowable training costs include the following:
The maximum grant award amount is $250,000* per business. If a business has more than one location in Snohomish County, they are treated as either one business or separate businesses depending upon their assigned Unified Business Identifier (UBI). If the locations operate under different UBIs, they will be considered separate businesses that will need to submit separate applications and receive separate awards. If the locations operate under a single UBI, they will be considered one business and their training efforts, application, and award will need to cover all applicable sites.
*Grantees can request additional funding if all awarded funds expended prior to 10/1/2020 (subject to availability).
|7/9/2020||Grant Announcement & Application Open||N/A|
|7/15/2020||Public Question Period Closes||5:00 PM|
|7/17/2020||Application Closes||5:00 PM|
|8/3/2020||Grant Award Recipients Announced||Time TBD|
Snohomish County for-profit businesses that meet the following criteria may be eligible for the AERO-ERTP program:
For the purposes of the AERO-ERTP program, allowable training is defined as a training or educational activity that demonstrates a clear and distinct benefit to both the business and employee in terms of layoff aversion, increased wages, productivity, competitiveness, resiliency, and/or skill attainment. To be approved, the training described in the application must demonstrate one or more of the following:
Applications will be accepted between 7/9/2020 and 7/17/2020 at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted after 7/17/2020 at 5:00 pm.
Applications must be submitted electronically through the online application portal
To prepare for the application, Businesses should be ready to provide the following information as applicable:
All applications will be initially reviewed for basic eligibility and given a priority score by Workforce Snohomish; this score will be based on priority answers submitted in the application and defined under section “Priority”. Applications that meet basic eligibility and have been assigned a priority score will be forwarded to the Rating Team.
The rating team will recommend awards based on priority scores, application merit, and availability of funding. Snohomish County and Workforce Snohomish reserve the right to grant partial awards.
Awards will be made to recommended businesses applicants by Workforce Snohomish through a simplified Agreement. Awards will be provided in a one-time cash payment. Awarded businesses will be, through the Agreement, required to report on expenditures and outcomes through a one-time end of program report as described in section “Reporting”.
All awarded businesses will be required to provide a report to Workforce Snohomish detailing how funding was utilized and the outcomes experienced. Reports will be due to Workforce Snohomish by 12/31/2020. Reporting templates will be created by Workforce Snohomish and will be presented to awarded businesses along with the award Agreement. Reports are not expected to be cumbersome. Expected outcomes to report on will include, but are not limited to:
All businesses are encouraged to work with Workforce Snohomish and the WorkSource Business Solutions team for additional employment-based needs, regardless of the outcome of this granting process.
The WorkSource Business Solutions Team (BST), a free service for all Washington residents, can assist businesses with employment services such as SharedWork, Temporary Layoff, Incumbent Worker Training, Youth Internships, On-the-Job Training, Transitional Jobs, and more.
This solicitation will result in grant award agreements with an anticipated August start date, exact start date TBD.
Cost of Preparing Proposals
Costs for developing an application are solely the responsibility of the applicant. Workforce Snohomish will not provide reimbursement for these costs.
A submitted application may be withdrawn prior to the proposal due date. A written request to withdraw the application must be submitted electronically to: email@example.com
Workforce Snohomish will not accept clarifications. Applicants will receive an editable link upon submitting their application. If an applicant determines the need to change information on an application, the applicant may do so until the deadline. After the deadline, Workforce Snohomish will not accept changes to applications and all applications will be rated as submitted. Workforce Snohomish reserves the right to ask clarifying questions to applicants after the deadline. If multiple applications are received by the same business Workforce Snohomish will utilize the first submission, and will discard all other submissions unless notified in writing by grant’s submission deadline.
All personal and business financial information will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law.
The award will not be final until Workforce Snohomish and the business have executed an award Agreement. Workforce Snohomish is not responsible for any costs incurred prior to the effective date of the Agreement.
Debarment and Suspension
The business must certify that they are not debarred, suspended, otherwise excluded from, or are ineligible for the participation in Federal Assistance programs under Office of Management and Budget 2 CFR Parts 180 and 215. The business must also certify that it will not contract with a subcontractor that is debarred or suspended.
The RFP does not commit Workforce Snohomish to award an agreement, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this application, or to procure or contract for services or supplies. Workforce Snohomish reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications received as a result of this application, to negotiate with all qualified sources, to waive formalities, to postpone award, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this application if it is in the best interest of Workforce Snohomish and/or Snohomish County to do so.
Cancellation of Award
Workforce Snohomish reserves the right to immediately cancel an award if the agreement has not been entered into or if new federal, state, or county regulations or policy make it necessary to change the program purpose or content, discontinue such programs, or impose funding reductions. In those cases where negotiation of contract activities are necessary, Workforce Snohomish reserves the right to limit the period of negotiation to thirty (30) days after which time funds may be de-obligated.
This Program will be implemented in ways consistent with the Workforce Snohomish and Snohomish County’s commitment to State and Federal equal opportunity laws. No person or business shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with these funds on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity), national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, disability, or political affiliation or belief.
Applicants not selected may appeal the decision with a limitation to procedural errors only, based on the selection process outlined. Appeals will be accepted through firstname.lastname@example.org within seven (7) calendar days of award announcement.
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