Feasibility Assessment


  •  4-Step SNAP E&T Assessment Process 

     Step 1 - Determine SNAP E&T feasibility for your social enterprise

     Step 2 - Conduct online research about SNAP E&T in your state/county

     Step 3 - Estimate SNAP E&T funding

     Step 4 - Get buy-in from your SNAP Agency for a SNAP E&T partnership


    How to use this tool

    Before using this tool, we encourage you to read our learning guide on SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T).

    SNAP E&T can be an effective way for social enterprises to fund an expansion of their employment and training services. However, the SNAP E&T program is not the best fit for all social enterprises. Social enterprises must determine whether they have enough interest, capacity and match dollars to pursue the funding. This tool is intended to help you decide whether the SNAP E&T program is right for your social enterprise.

    Answer the questions below to the best of your ability. Once completed, your answers will be compared to standardized answers to give you a sense of whether the SNAP E&T program is feasible and a good match for your interests.

  • Examples include transitional employment, career counseling, job readiness training, resume writing and interview prep, peer mentoring, job search and placement, ESL courses, GED prep, vocational training, on-the-job training, training in basic English or math skills, case management, and job retention services. These examples are known as “allowable services” because they can be included in a SNAP E&T program if all other federal rules are met. Note: client wages are not eligible for federal funding.
  • In order to draw down federal funds, you typically must spend your own qualified agency funds on allowable services to eligible clients. Many social enterprises already spend qualified agency funds in this way. These dollars must come from non-federal sources. Community Development Block Grants and Indian Tribal Government funds are the only federal funds that are the exception to this rule. One source of non-federal funding that many social enterprises use is earned income.
  • Examples include their costs for required uniforms, tuberculosis testing, textbooks, child care, certifications, and transportation to and from your site.
  • If you provide extremely high-intensity allowable services, “substantial” could mean at least 15 low-income clients. If you provide low-intensity allowable services, “substantial” could mean at least 150 low-income clients. For purposes of SNAP E&T, low-income typically means having a gross income of no more than $15,684 per year for a single person, $21,120 for a family of two, $26,556 for a family of three, and upward for larger families. Some states use different income thresholds. For example, in California, individuals may be eligible with incomes of up to $24,120 per year for a single person, $32,480 per year for a family of two, $40,840 per year for a family of three, etc. (These numbers will go up slightly in 2018.)
  • If you have adequate match dollars, these costs can be fully funded by SNAP E&T dollars.

Prepared for REDFworkshop by Aimee Chitayat, Principal of AC Strategic Solutions,