National Farmworker Jobs Program

To help individuals, and their dependents, who are primarily employed in agricultural and fish farming labor that is characterized by chronic unemployment and underemployment, obtain and retain unsubsidized employment, or stabilize their unsubsidized employment, including upgraded employment in agriculture.

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Grant organizations provide career services, job training, housing assistance, and other related assistance.

Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Regional Agency Offices.

Regional contact information is available on the NFJP website at

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Proteus Inc. $ 1,229,140   2021-07-012022-09-30
Proteus Inc. $ 1,756,778   2021-07-012022-09-30
Proteus Inc. $ 1,255,552   2021-07-012022-09-30
Central Valley Opportunity Center, Incorporated $ 2,187,283   2021-07-012022-09-30
Proteus, Inc. $ 4,316,292   2021-07-012022-09-30
Center For Employment Training $ 7,324,989   2021-07-012022-09-30
Ser-jobs For Progress National, Inc. $ 1,428,809   2021-07-012022-09-30
Telamon Corporation $ 675,654   2021-07-012022-09-30
West Hills Community College District Financing Corporation $ 997,658   2021-07-012022-09-30
Telamon Corporation $ 1,656,566   2021-07-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

In the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP), eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents may receive career services, such as an eligibility determination, initial assessment, job placement assistance, comprehensive skills assessment, an individual employment plan, case management, career planning, and workplace readiness.

Training services, such as occupational skills training or on-the-job training, and related assistance, such as emergency assistance, allow a farmworker to obtain, retain, or stabilize their unsubsidized employment, including upgraded employment in agriculture.

In addition, permanent and temporary housing assistance is also provided to migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs).

Funds must be used in accordance with Federal Regulations.

The WIOA statute requires a grant competition every four years to operate the NFJP program.

Funds for NFJP employment and training grants are allocated through an administrative formula to state service areas.

A percentage of program funds are designated for housing grants, and are allocated based on the services described and the service areas specified in grantee program plans.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The provisions of WIOA, Section 167(b), describe entities eligible to receive a grant as those that have: 1) an understanding of the problems of eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers (including their dependents); 2) a familiarity with the area to be served; and 3) the ability to demonstrate a capacity to administer and deliver effectively a diversified program of workforce investment activities (including youth workforce investment activities) and related assistance for eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

Entities such as state government agencies, state workforce investment boards, local government agencies, local workforce investment boards, faith-based and community-based organizations, institutions of higher learning, and other entities are examples of organizations that could be eligible to apply for NFJP grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are low-income individuals and their dependents who, for 12 consecutive months out of the 24 months prior to application for the program, have been primarily employed in agricultural or fish farming labor that is characterized by chronic unemployment or underemployment, and who face multiple barriers to economic self-sufficiency. Male NFJP Participants must not have violated section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 453).


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Grants for operating NFJP programs are awarded every four years through a competitive process. Applications are solicited through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) published in the Federal Register and on ETA's Web site, Applicants are required under the solicitation to provide their proposed plan to operate NFJP services in the areas where they propose to operate. A single NFJP employment and training grantee is funded to serve the geographic area of each state, except as follows: more than one applicant may be selected to serve areas within California, and some service areas comprise the geography of two adjoining states. Housing grantees serve the geographic areas designated in their program plans, and may include single states, multiple states, or parts of states.

Award Procedures

Competing applications will be rated according to criteria included in the FOA. Awards are made directly to eligible applicants by the Employment and Training Administration.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. It supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This regulation has been submitted to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) for publication, and is currently pending publication in the Federal Register. Only the version published in the Federal Register is the official regulation., Title I, Part D, Section 167, Public Law 113-128, 29 U.S.C 3222.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. From 60 to 90 days.


Petition for reconsideration of non-selection as a potential grantee may be made to an Administrative Law Judge within 21 days of notification of the Department's decision.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 20 CFR , Part 685, Public Law P.L. 113-128. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant awards are for four years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly reports are required on grant expenditures, program activities, and participant services and outcomes.

No cash reports are required.

Quarterly reports are required on program activities and participant services and outcomes.

Financial reports are required quarterly.

Regional Federal Project Officers conduct monitoring, including desk audits, risk assessments, site visits and file audits.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Subject to audits by the Department of Labor or other authorized Government agencies.


Grantees are required to maintain complete accounting, personnel, and individual participant records in accordance with the Uniform Guidance at 2 CFR 200 and DOL Exceptions at 2 CFR 2900. Participant records must support eligibility and the need for services provided.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $81,000,000; FY 17 est $81,000,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range and average varies by year according to appropriation levels. State allocations are published annually in the Federal Register.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

20 CFR Part 685

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Regional contact information is available on the NFJP website at

Headquarters Office

Steven Rietzke 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Room C-4510, Washington, District of Columbia 20210-0001 Email: Phone: 2026933912

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria are described in the FOA published in the Federal Register whenever there is a competition for grant awards. (Also, please see paragraph 92, above.).

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