Applications are accepted for four types of Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs): Layoffs, Military Service Members, Trade Impacted Workers, and Emergency/Disaster.

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The purpose of a Disaster DWG is to create temporary jobs for eligible individuals to assist with clean-up, recovery, and humanitarian efforts in areas impacted by disasters or emergency situations as outlined in Section 170(d)(4). These projects also provide funds for employment and training services where needed, to help impacted individuals return to full employment as quickly as possible.
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The purpose of a Layoff DWG is to provide assistance to a State or local board that has expended formula funding and can demonstrate the need for additional funds to provide employment and training assistance to workers affected by major economic dislocations. Layoff DWGs provide direct services and assistance to dislocated workers. Major dislocation events generally are defined as layoffs of 50 or more individuals, as well as additional criteria described in this section.
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Service Members

The purpose of a Service Member DWG is to provide assistance to areas where there is a higher-than average demand for employment and training activities from dislocated military service members and certain spouses that exceeds state and local resources for providing such activities.
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Trade Impacted Workers

The purpose of a TAA DWG is to provide dislocated workers certified as eligible for TAA with a full range of reemployment services in cases where such services are not available through the TAA program and cannot be provided with the state's WIOA Dislocated Worker formula funds, as those funds are insufficient to cover such services. These services are often referred to as wraparound services. TAA DWG projects are intended to supplement TAA funded services with DWG-funded services to meet the reemployment needs of the affected workers.
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