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124D.41 Grant applications.

Subdivision 1. Applications required. An organization seeking federal or state grant money under sections 124D.39 to 124D.44 shall prepare and submit to the commission an application that meets the requirements of this section. The commission must develop, and the applying organizations must comply with, the form and manner of the application.

Subd. 2. Application content. An applicant on its application must:

(1) propose a program to provide participants the opportunity to perform community service to meet specific unmet community needs, and participate in classroom, work-based, and service-learning;

(2) assess the community's unmet educational, human, environmental, and public safety needs, the resources and programs available for meeting those needs, and how young people participated in assessing community needs;

(3) describe the educational component of the program, including classroom hours per week, classroom time for participants to reflect on the program experience, and anticipated academic outcomes related to the service experience;

(4) describe the work to be performed, the ratio of youth participants to crew leaders and mentors, and the expectations and qualifications for crew leaders and mentors;

(5) describe local funds or resources available to meet the match requirements of section 124D.44;

(6) describe any funds available for the program from sources other than the requested grant;

(7) describe any agreements with local businesses to provide participants with work-learning opportunities and mentors;

(8) describe any agreement with local post-secondary educational institutions to offer participants course credits for their community service-learning experience;

(9) describe any agreement with a local high school or an alternative learning center to provide remedial education, credit for community service work and work-based learning, or graduate equivalency degrees;

(10) describe any pay for service or other program delivery mechanism that will provide reimbursement for benefits conferred or recover costs of services participants perform;

(11) describe how local resources will be used to provide support and assistance for participants to encourage them to continue with the program, fulfill the terms of the contract, and remain eligible for any postservice benefit;

(12) describe the arbitration mechanism for dispute resolution required under section 124D.42, subdivision 2;

(13) describe involvement of community leaders in developing broad-based support for the program;

(14) describe the consultation and sign-off process to be used with any local labor organization representing employees in the area engaged in work similar to that proposed for the program to ensure that no current employees or available employment positions will be displaced by program participants;

(15) certify to the commission and to any certified bargaining representatives representing employees of the applying organization that the project will not decrease employment opportunities that would be available without the project; will not displace current employees including any partial displacement in the form of reduced hours of work other than overtime, wages, employment benefits, or regular seasonal work; will not impair existing labor agreements; and will not result in the substitution of project funding for preexisting funds or sources of funds for ongoing work;

(16) describe the length of the required service period, which may not be less than six months or more than two years, a method to incorporate a participant's readiness to advance or need for postservice financial assistance into individual service requirements, and any opportunity for participating part time or in another program;

(17) describe a program evaluation plan that contains cost-effectiveness measures, measures of participant success including educational accomplishments, job placements, community contributions, and ongoing volunteer activities, outcome measures based on a preprogram and postprogram survey of community rates of arrest, incarceration, teenage pregnancy, and other indicators of youth in trouble, and a list of local resources dedicated to reducing these rates;

(18) describe a three-year financial plan for maintaining the program;

(19) describe the role of local youth in developing all aspects of the grant proposal; and

(20) describe the process by which the local private industry council participated in, and reviewed the grant application.

HIST: 1993 c 146 art 5 s 8,20; 1994 c 647 art 4 s 6; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 4 s 4,30; 1Sp1997 c 4 art 3 s 20; 1998 c 397 art 3 s 11,103; art 11 s 3; 1998 c 398 art 3 s 18; 2000 c 254 s 22

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