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Basic Food, Employment and Training (BFET) Grant (Washington)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges


    In October 2005, DSHS launched a pilot program in King County to substantially increase the amount of federal BFET dollars available to support employment and training services for low-income adults. Fifty percent of any allowable expenses incurred by a third-party contractor will be reimbursed by FNS. The pilot expanded in each year thereafter to include college providers across the state. The pilot was unique, representing the first third-party reimbursement program in the nation.

    Offered through the Department of Agricultures Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program is another means by which the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) facilitates access to federal workforce education and training dollars to enable basic food recipients to gain the skills necessary for employment. The target population is basic food recipients, not currently on TANF.

    Eligible BFET services are limited to those expenditures that are above and beyond what is provided to the general student population at no cost. Additionally, eligible expenditures continue to be what is necessary and reasonable for participation in the BFET program. 


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Participant Reimbursement expenditures must meet the criteria delineated in the BFET Providers Handbook. A detailed description can be found in the BFET Participant Reimbursement Directory found on the BFET Resources Website.

    • Transportation: public transportation fare, fuel cards for personally-owned vehicles, necessary/nonmaintenance repairs for a reasonable amount. Transportation assistance is limited to $200 per month with a maximum of $1400 per program year.
    • Educational/Credential Testing: participants may receive assistance with the cost of testing and/or securing permits needed for training or to support job search activities.
    • Clothing: Clothing assistance is limited to $300 per program year. 
    • Child Care: If the participant is ineligible for childcare through the Childcare Subsidy Program (CCSP), but performs approved BFET activities, child care services through a third party may be approved.
    • Other Books and Supplies: Participants may receive assistance with textbooks, training materials and other reasonable and necessary school supplies for training.
    • Other Non-tuition Educational Costs:
      • Work and Training Tools assistance must be determined on a case-by-case basis. These costs do not fall under the clothing limit.
    • Other Emergency Costs:
      • Housing and utilities assistance can be provided after all other resources have been exhausted. Assistance should be limited to one or two times maximum per program year.
      • Medical assistance can be provided after all other resources have been exhausted, including coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
    • Other Miscellaneous
      • Drug Tests, Fingerprinting, Legal Services, Personal Hygiene, Reasonable Accommodation, Supplies 


    Jennifer Dellinger

    Jennifer Dellinger
    1300 Quince Street SE/ PO Box 42495
    Olympia, WA 98504-2495
    (360) 704-3925

  • Eligibility Details

    Community and technical colleges (CTCs) which have received approval from the SBCTC and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) may apply for the FFY 2019 Basic Food Employment and Training program.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by July 26, 2018. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary. Participants may receive assistance with tuition, lab fees, and other education-related costs necessary for training connected to a BFET activity.

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