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US Department of Labor announces $90M in grants to support training, employment services for workers displaced by the pandemic

Additional funding doubles amount available for dislocated workers

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of an increased $90 million in funding grants to provide reemployment opportunities for displaced workers, historically marginalized communities or groups and those unemployed for an extended period or who have exhausted unemployment insurance or other pandemic unemployment insurance programs.

“By doubling down on these critical investments, the Department of Labor reinforces its commitment to invest in strategies to help American workers get the services and training they need to secure quality jobs as our economy recovers,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Suzi LeVine. “These grants focus on local innovation and put resources in our communities to ensure the workers most impacted by the pandemic get reemployment support to ensure an equitable recovery.”

Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, today’s announcement more than doubles the initial $43 million in funding for Comprehensive and Accessible Reemployment through Equitable Employment Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grants announced in June.

Those seeking CAREER National Dislocated Worker Grants may apply through Aug. 31. Applicants may choose one of two types of required grant activities:

  • Delivering comprehensive workforce services, including career, training and supportive services to help participants gain employment.
  • Purchasing, building or expanding virtual technology platforms, software systems or services for job search, career guidance, training or other allowable activities.

Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, National Dislocated Worker Grants offer resources that provide flexibility to states and communities in response to and recovery from events that cause widespread unemployment.

Employment and Training Administration
August 19, 2021
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