Talent Ready Utah FY 2020

Questions and Answers

Last update: 4/19/2019

Question: Is the Bidders Meeting mandatory or optional for applicants to attend?

Answer: Attendance is optional for the Bidders Meeting

Question: Will projects targeting nursing be acceptable or is the funding strictly limited to STEM programs?

Answer: Nursing projects are acceptable. This funding is not limited solely to STEM programs. 

Question:  Hello,  I am the co-founder of a company that makes an app that helps students learn how to improve their job interview skills. We've been working with college and high school teachers and students and the students are in dire need of improving this very valuable skill. We are also working with non-profits that are helping people like refugees, addicts, and convicts to prepare them for the workforce. We would love to get some of the Talent Ready grant to help us continue building out our app and helping the many Utah people who need to get better at interviewing. We just would like to know if an app that helps students learn, practice and perfect their job interview skills would be eligible?

Answer: App Development has been supported in the past as an allowable expense. However, this grant funding is only available to eligible applicants which is limited to:

- Public Post-Secondary Educational Institutions

- Industry Trade Associations

- Public School Districts

- Individual Public Schools

- Charter Schools

Question: When is it applicable or required to have a letter of commitment from Department of Workforce Services(DWS)?

Answer: If DWS has a role or responsibility in your project such as referring individuals who are eligible and appropriate to your program a letter of commitment outlining their role would be required.

Question: When is it not applicable for required to have a letter of commitment from DWS?

Answer: If DWS does not have an ongoing role or responsibility in the project, a letter of commitment is not required. However, the signature of the local Service Area Director is required on the signature sheet.

Question:  How can I find the DWS Service Area Director for where I am located?

Answer: You can find that information here: 

Question: Can a University submit more than one proposal to the Talent Ready Utah Program?

Answer: Yes, an institution may submit more than one application.

Question: To be considered a consortium partner do funds have to be given to the consortium partner by the lead institution? For instance, in a train- the trainer- program can the lead institution pay for the tuition of consortium members trainers that come to be trained at the lead institution. In that instance, if the consortium partner agrees (in some sort MOU or agreement) to send the trainers but not receive any funds directly does that still count as a consortium partner?

Answer: Yes, the lead institution can pay costs directly for train the trainer without providing funding to the consortium members. The identifying factor for a consortium is that there are two or more eligible applicants.

Question: Are university applicants allowed to charge indirect costs? If so, how much?

Answer: Yes. Up to 10%. The remaining may be counted toward match/leveraged.

Question: We are planning on applying for the Talent Ready Utah grant, and I have a few questions about the application and I was wondering if you could help clarify some things for me:

  1. When it says funding level, is it meaning the Consortium, Individual, and K-8 projects? If not, what are the funding levels?
  2. Our apprenticeship program partners with a university in Sacramento, California. The university helps supply our curriculum for our classes as well as the content for the state certification exam. Could this be our post-secondary education institution partner?
  3. Can the DWS as well as the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) qualify as local economic development agencies. Could cities and towns count? We also have our Parent National Association that is helping with the apprenticeship program, could they be considered a partner as well?

I do have one more question, pertaining to the signature sheet. Is it just signatures from our association (the Industry Trade Association)? Or is it with our post-secondary partner signatures as well?

Answer:  Here are the answers to your questions.

1- The funding level is based on your budget/needs and maximum amounts are determined if you are applying as a Consortium, Individual Project, or K-8.

2- Eligible applicants are all Utah based. You are eligible as an Industry Trade Association but must be partnered with a Utah Public Post-Secondary Institution.

3- Cities and towns may qualify as economic development partners as well as the Governor's Office of Economic Development. DWS and DEQ may be partners but are not considered economic development agencies.

4- Signatures would be required from you as well as your post-secondary partner.


Question: If our association has an apprenticeship program and we partner with the school and other partners, but we aren't going in on the project with another entity, our application would be individual and not consortium, and if that is the case. Can we as an Industry Trade Association, be an individual applicant?

Answer: A consortium is defined as 2 or more eligible applicants. Having additional partners that are not eligible applicants then it would not be a consortium. It would be a single applicant.

Question: We have questions about the outcomes document.


1.      Under industry participation, do we put numbers of contributors or dollar amounts provided by contributors on the financial and/or in-kind contributions line item?

2.      If a teacher is allowing a career-day related event or passing our material related to the event, does that constitute endorsement?

Answer: On the Outcomes Tracking Sheet use the number of contributors. The dollar amounts will be entered on the budget sheet.

Passing out information will not constitute endorsement. It would be providing student awareness of events.