The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has stated that they will be granting the first installment of 26 Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) in the amount of $131,384,557. This amount will go towards assisting the workforce who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dislocated Worker Grants implement resources to states to respond to immense, unforeseen layoff events leading to serious job losses.
The amounts come from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which contributed a total of $345 million for Dislocated Worker Grants. On March 13th, 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared an emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. This declaration allows the Secretary of Labor to offer Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants to focus on the impacts that the coronavirus has had on the workforce.
How will the Dislocated Worker Grants be useful?
Dislocated Worker Grants are used to aid individuals during disastrous times like the current ongoing pandemic. These grants are implemented to help establish interim work for those who are eligible. Such jobs will assist with clean-up, recovery, and other efforts in locations that were severely affected by emergency disasters. In terms of the coronavirus pandemic, the funding will go towards relief and clean-up as well as job training for companies who are still hiring employees throughout this time. Currently, Massachusetts is one of the twenty-four states that will receive funding.
Additionally, Keches Law Group is giving back to the communities we live and work in. Keches Cares is a non-profit that was founded by Keches Law Group in 2019. Currently, Keches Cares is accepting applications for those seeking assistance if they have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Please visit our website for more information regarding eligibility.