OVERVIEW OF USDOL NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY DISLOCATED WORKER GRANT OPPORTUNITY
National Health Emergency Dislocated Work Grant Opportunity. On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced the availability of up to $100 million for Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) to help address the workforce-related impacts of the public health emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak. DWGs provide 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. DWGs are generally approved for a 24-month period of performance. USDOL funds two types of DWGs: Disaster Recovery and Employment Recovery.
Connecticut Application. The Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) intends to submit an emergency application for a Disaster Recovery DWG on behalf of the Governor’s Workforce Council (GWC) and Connecticut’s five regional workforce development Boards (WDBs) on Monday, March 30, 2020.
Grant Opportunity Details.
Eligible participants include dislocated workers, workers laid-off as a result of the disaster, self-employed individuals unemployed or underemployed as a result of the disaster, and long-term unemployed individuals.
Services provided through Disaster Recovery DWGs include:
a) Disaster-relief employment – temporary employment (up to 12 months or 2,080 hours) performing clean-up and recovery efforts (e.g., cleaning schools or sanitizing quarantine or treatment areas after their use)
b) Humanitarian-assistance employment – temporary employment related to the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the immediate aftermath of the disaster or emergency. For the purposes of the National Health Emergency DWG opportunity, this may include delivering medicine, food, or other supplies to vulnerable populations, helping to set up quarantine areas and providing assistance to quarantined individuals, or organizing and coordinating recovery, quarantine, or other related activities.
c) Employment and training services
d) Supportive services, when needed to enable participants to participate in temporary employment and/or employment and training services
Participants may enroll in employment only, employment and training activities only, or both services, based on an assessment of the specific needs of each participant and the goal of allowing participants to obtain unsubsidized, sustainable employment following the conclusion of grant-supported activities.
Participant wages will be paid with DWG funds. The worksite employer that provides participants temporary employment is required to pay the higher of the Federal, state, or local minimum wage, or the comparable rates of pay for other individuals employed in similar occupations by the same employer. There is no limitation to what type of entity may be a worksite employer.
Application Process. CTDOL will submit an abbreviated, emergency application on Monday, March 30, 2020. Potential worksite employers and other partners are being asked to make a non-binding, preliminary commitment to employ disaster relief workers and to complete a spreadsheet documenting their anticipated employment needs (to the best of their ability) for the emergency application.
Within 60 business days following an award of Disaster Recovery DWG funds requested via the emergency application, CTDOL must modify the grant to provide a full application, including a budget, implementation plan, and a list of worksites where the disaster relief work will be performed. Potential worksite employers will be asked to provide a solid commitment and more detailed information on employment needs for the full application.
Contact Person. Pease contact Rich Pearson at Capital Workforce Partners: firstname.lastname@example.org (860-983-9085) for additional information or related questions.