Grants Frequently Asked Questions



Labor-Management Workforce Development Grants Frequently Asked Questions

Applying

How many grants can an agency and CSEA local apply for?

Who signs the grant application(s)?

Does the entire grant application need to be completed?

General Guidelines

Can we use grant funding to replace reduced training budgets for agency training programs?

Review and Approval Process

What is the procedure for approval?

Why can't we get approval right away?


Applying

How many grants can an agency and CSEA local apply for?

There is no limit on the number of applications that an agency and CSEA local may submit in a fiscal year, but each grant will require a certain amount of administration by the agency and grants are limited statewide on the basis of budgeted funds available.

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Who signs the grant application(s)?

Grant applications must be co-signed by the CSEA local president and a management representative. The management representative must be a human resources or personnel director, training director, facility director, or equivalent.

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Does the entire grant application need to be completed?

Yes. A grant application cannot be approved unless all requested information is included. Questions about the application can be addressed to Stephanie Burkes 518-474-7764 or stephanie.burkes@nyscseapartnership.org.

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General Guidelines

Can we use grant funding to replace reduced training budgets for agency training programs?

No. LMWD grants provide funds for new and innovative programs to address new workforce challenges and changes, and to develop training curriculum that could be used by other agencies or worksites.

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Review and Approval Process

What is the procedure for approval?

Completed grant applications are submitted to Stephanie Burkes at the Partnership. After initial review and clarification, the application is forwarded to the LMWD Grants review committee at the Partnership or the agency statewide labor-management education and training subcommittee (if one exists) for consideration. Once a final decision is made, labor and management representatives are notified by letter.

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Why can't we get approval right away?

All grant requests must go through a formal review to make sure grant awards meet proper criteria and budgeted funds are available.

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Quality of Work Life Grants Frequently Asked Questions

Applying

How many grants can an agency/facility and CSEA local apply for?

Can an agency/facility and CSEA local request more than one category on each grant application?

When requesting equipment purchases, can more than one worksite be included in each grant?

Who signs the grant application(s)?

Does the entire grant application need to be completed?

General Guidelines

Can we purchase larger break/lunch room equipment if our request is approved?

Why can't break/lunch room equipment be placed in the office?

Review and Approval Process

What is the procedure for approval?

Why can't we get approval right away?


Applying

How many grants can an agency/facility and CSEA local apply for?

Generally, a local/facility can apply for one grant per category per fiscal year.

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Can an agency/facility and CSEA local request more than one category on each grant application?

No. Agencies/facilities and CSEA locals must complete a separate grant application for each category.

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When requesting equipment purchases, can more than one worksite be included in each grant?

Yes. Be sure to list each site, the number of employees at each site, and the requested size and cost of equipment in the budget table on page 4 of the grant application.

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Who signs the grant application(s)?

Grant applications must be co-signed by the CSEA local president and a management representative. The management representative must be a human resources or personnel director, training director, facility director, or equivalent.

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Does the entire grant application need to be completed?

Yes. A grant application cannot be approved unless all requested information is included.

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General Guidelines

Can we purchase larger break/lunch room equipment if our request is approved?

Yes, but you will only be reimbursed for the dollar amount approved for that item. Break/lunch room equipment amount and size is based on the number of CSEA-represented NYS employees who will access the equipment.

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Why can't break/lunch room equipment be put in the office?

Equipment is intended to be placed in a designated break area or lunch room for CSEA-represented NYS employees.

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Review and Approval Process

What is the procedure for approval?

Completed grant applications are to be submitted to the appropriate Partnership field associate, reviewed for completion, and then brought to a monthly QWL grants review committee meeting for discussion and decision.

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Why can't we get approval right away?

All grant requests must go through a formal review to make sure the grant meets the proper criteria for reimbursement.

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Safety and Health Grants Frequently Asked Questions

How much funding is available through a safety and health grant?

How are grant funds allocated?

What can grants be used for?

Can grant money be used to purchase equipment or hire staff?

Who has to sign the grant application?

Do grants expire?

How are grants approved?


How much funding is available through a safety and health grant?

Grants are available for up to $50,000. An agency may apply for a grant each year during the 2011 - 2016 contract period. It is important to note that these are "reimbursement" grants.

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How are grant funds allocated?

Agencies/facilities are required to first make purchases with funds from their own operating budgets. Once the project is complete, proof of payment along with all documentation of the project itemized in the letter of approval must be submitted to the Partnership. All reimbursements to your agency/facility will be made using a funding expense transfer process via a journal voucher or through the Statewide Financial System (SFS) and in accordance with the New York State Finance Law and Office of the State Comptroller's rules and regulations.

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What can grants be used for?

Grants can be used to address large scale safety and health issues in the workplace caused by such things as reorganization, new technology, changing customer needs, or specialized job skills training.

Can grant money be used to purchase equipment or hire staff?

No, grants cannot be used for capital expenses such as equipment purchases or capital improvements nor can they be used to supplement staffing or pay for food and beverage expenses. Grants may be used to hire a consultant to assess equipment needs or assess training needs at a facility.

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Who has to sign the grant application?

Grant applications must be co-signed by the CSEA local president and a management representative. The management representative must be a human resources or personnel director, training director, facility director, or equivalent.

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Do grants expire?

Typically grants run up to the end of the fiscal year in which the grant was approved. Exceptions can be made if needed.

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How are grants approved?

Grants are reviewed to ensure they meet the requirements outlined in the application. Grants are also reviewed for cost effectiveness, labor-management commitment, ability to evaluate success, and reasonableness of the implementation plan.

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Updated: February 20, 2019