National Dislocated Worker Grant - funding to address the emergency response to COVID-19


Deadline: Applications are accepted at any time, provided appropriated funding for the program is available

U.S. Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) are discretionary grants awarded to provide employment-related services for dislocated workers. The Department funds two types of DWGs: Disaster Recovery and Employment Recovery. DWGs are time-limited funding assistance in response to major economic dislocations or other events that cause significant impact on states and local areas that exceed the capacity of existing formula funds and other relevant resources to address. Projects funded with DWG resources must be aligned with existing state and local strategic priorities, resources, and programs and not operated as stand-alone projects. Applicants should design and carry out DWG projects to operate in alignment with other state and local programs, including Rapid Response, layoff aversion, and the formula Dislocated Worker program and focused on addressing employment and training needs in states and local areas.

Disaster Recovery DWGs provide disaster-relief and humanitarian assistance employment, as well as employment and training services to minimize the employment and economic impact of declared disasters and emergency situations, in disaster-declared areas.

Employment Recovery DWGs provide resources to states and other eligible applicants to respond to major economic dislocations, such as large, unexpected layoff events that cause significant job losses.

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