The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared COVID-19 a nationwide public health emergency on January 27, 2020, enabling eligible applicants to request funding for Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs).  The President also declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020. Economic Recovery DWGs are available to states and other eligible applicants affected by major economic dislocations, such as mass layoffs.

The Department of Labor (DOL) received 65 applications from state and tribal entities requesting over $1.17 billion in grant, funding assistance. The approved emergency applications collectively include disaster-relief cleanup and humanitarian assistance activities for those communities identified as significantly impacted, along with employment and training activities for grant participants.

Due to the complexity of implementing this grant, DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is providing a series of technical assistance activities to assist grantees with successfully implementing their COVID 19 Disaster and Economic Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant.

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National Dislocated Worker Grant Guidance Webinar: This webinar will provide an overview of Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 12-19, National Dislocated Worker Grant Program Guidance.

Dislocated Worker Grant Podcast Series 

Podcast 1: National Dislocated Worker Grants - Disaster Relief COVID 19 

This podcast reviews the purpose of the COVID-19 DWGs; aims to enhance grantee knowledge of the DWG process from pre-award to close-out; shares an overview of applicable guidance and resources; and offers strategies for building successful outcomes.

Podcast 2: National Dislocated Worker Grants - Preparing for the Worst: Hoping for the Best 

This podcast discusses best practices from three states regarding implementation of COVID-19 DWGs and how planning and preparation supports successful DWG outcomes.

Podcast 3: National Dislocated Worker Grants - The Value of Creativity and Collaboration to DWGs

This podcast includes an interview with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions regarding their experiences developing, modifying, and managing a DWG project that required significant course correction in light of rapidly changing circumstances.

Podcast 4: National Dislocated Workers Grants - Partnerships At Work: New Jersey Department of Labor

New Jersey Department of Labor discusses industry sector partnerships providing jobs to unemployed workers in disaster-relief employment.