Q - How much money is available for grants in Fiscal Year 2015?
A - The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Labor-Management Cooperation Grant Program will have $800,000 for grant funding in FY2015.
Q - What do I need to do to apply for a grant?
A - Please consult the FMCS web site (www.FMCS.gov) to download forms and information. You may obtain additional information from our Grants Office by calling (202) 606-8181 or contact Linda Gray-Broughton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q - What is the application deadline?
FMCS will accept applications between March 2, 2015 and June 15, 2015.
Q - Can project income be used as a match?
A - No. Funds generated by grant-supported efforts are considered “project income” and may not be used for matching purposes.
Q - Can an organization working under a federal contract use contract monies as matching funds?
A - All matching funds may come from state or local government sources or private contributions, but may not generally include other federal funds.
Q - When will I know if my application is selected for an award?
The Grants Office will contact awardees.
Q - Must the labor-management committee represent union members in order to receive a grant?
A - Yes.
Q - Can a mediator help a labor-management committee with its grant proposal?
A - No. A mediator may not help the labor-management committee prepare its grant proposal. However, a mediator may explain the grants program in general and discuss prior successful grant projects.
Q - What is the CFDA number for the grants program?
A - The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for the Labor-Management Cooperation Grant Program is 34-002.
Q - Can an independent consultant who works on the grant applications also perform grant-funded services?
A - No. An independent consultant cannot perform services funded by that grant (i.e., project facilitation, project evaluation) under a separate contract. This practice is in violation of Federal Contract Law. In any case, FMCS encourages labor and management parties to develop their own grant applications together. The citations for the prohibition on a consultant who prepared the grant from then bidding for work or positions contained in the grant are 48 CFR section 9.5 and OMB Circular 2 CFR 215.
Q - If my grant proposal is not selected, may I re-apply in the future?
A - Yes.
Q - If an applicant received funding under this program before, are they eligible to re-apply?
A - Applicants who received funding under this program in the last six years for committee operations are not eligible to re-apply. The only exception will be made for grantees that seek funds on behalf of an entirely different committee whose efforts are totally outside of the scope of the original grant.
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