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DOL Announces Grants to Assist Reemployment of Workers Displaced by COVID-19

  • Department of Labor announces $43 million in grants for recipients to assist with the reemployment of workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Funding can go toward staff-assisted career services or technology improvements for career service platforms
  • Program focuses on historically marginalized communities or groups as well as long-term unemployed

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

The Department of Labor has announced $43 million in grants to assist efforts to reemploy dislocated workers who were most affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding will be awarded through the Comprehensive and Accessible Reemployment through Equitable Employment Recovery (CAREER) National Dislocated Worker Grants. The grants will focus on workers from historically marginalized communities or groups as well as those who have been unemployed for an extended period or exhausted their unemployment insurance.

  • Applicants may use grant funds to provide staff-assisted career services and support services to help with reemployment efforts, as well as training for a new career path and ancillary support such as transportation or child care
  • Alternatively, applicants may use funds to develop technology platforms and software systems for job searches, career guidance, or access to other services
  • It is anticipated that 15 awards will be given, with grants of up to $3 million
  • Deadline for applications is Aug. 31

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