COVID-19 Dislocated Worker Grants

Posted: May 18, 2020

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Grantor: U.S. Department of Labor

Additional Information
COVID-19 National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) disburse funds through the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) to provide critically needed employment to vulnerable Georgians who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19. Funds are intended to provide immediate employment opportunities to Georgians to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under a public health emergency declaration such as the coronavirus, the types of disaster-relief employment allowable include:
  • Workers providing environmental services, sanitation and clean-up of public areas impacted by COVID-19. Highest priorities to public facilities such as court houses, city halls, schools, county and city jails, libraries, public transportation and applicable public lands.
  • Workers engaged in the logistics and distribution of essential supplies, protective items and medical supplies. Delivering medicine, food, or other supplies to older individuals and other individuals with respiratory conditions and other chronic medical disorders, with appropriate training and precautions. Coronavirus infection has been the most harmful to these populations, and there may be heavy need for such services that traditional volunteer organizations cannot support alone.  
  • Helping set up quarantine areas and providing assistance to quarantined individuals.  
  • Organizing and coordinating recovery, quarantine, or other related activities.
An individual eligible to receive services through this Disaster Recovery DWG must be one of the following:
  • Temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the disaster
  • Dislocated workers or workers laid-off as a result of the disaster, including
    • Workers who are laid off as a result of a quarantine, because they miss work to care for a family member, or
    • Workers cannot come to their regular workplace in order to follow social distancing requirements
    • Workers laid off after a business closure related to disruptions caused by the outbreak and the efforts to contain it.
    • Self-employed individuals unemployed or underemployed because of the disaster
    • Long-term unemployed individuals.
Participants may be employed for a maximum of 12 months or 2,080 hours, whichever is longer.

Program Contact
For more information, please refer to this webinar or call
Lori Frazier Bearden
Deputy Commissioner, Economic and Workforce Development
Georgia Department of Labor
148 Andrew Young International Blvd., N.E. Suite 600
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1751
Phone: (404) 232-7444|
Cell: (404) 780-4948

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