National Dislocated Worker Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity

​This funding opportunity has closed. Visit the Funding Opportunities page to learn about current opportunities.


National Dislocated Worker Grants (NDWG) are discretionary grants awarded by the Secretary of Labor,
under Section 170 of WIOA, to respond to major economic dislocations. The funding is intended to
temporarily expand capacity to serve dislocated workers and meet the increased demand for WIOA
employment and training services, with a purpose to reemploy laid off workers and enhance their
employability and earnings. DOL issued the Trade and Economic Transition National Dislocated Worker
Grants funding opportunity (TEGL 2-18) to allow States to implement training and employment services
to help address dislocations that can be traced to broader workforce needs or economic changes or

The State has experienced economic changes and transitions in the Retail and Manufacturing sectors
resulting in significant worker dislocations across the state. This project will enable successful applicants
to address ongoing or emerging workforce and economic challenges by providing comprehensive
training and career services to eligible dislocated workers from the Retail and Manufacturing sectors
seeking reentry into the workforce, and increasing their skill level to become competitive for growing or
high-demand employment opportunities, earning a self-sustaining wage.

The Department will fund applications based on the order the Department receives them, until all funds for this program are depleted.  Complete grant applications will be evaluated in the order in which they were received.  Submit the proposal via e-mail to  When submitting the proposal list in the Subject Line NOFO #80-626 and organization/agency name.  Please submit the application components as one PDF file and also one Excel file for the budget.  Applications will be considered based on quality and feasibility and contingent on the availability of funds.

Program Design

Commerce will accept projects that serve eligible dislocated workers laid off from the Retail and Manufacturing sectors as outlined in the State of Illinois’ application to the US Department of Labor under TEGL 2-18. As part of their labor market analysis, applicants will identify growth occupations and industries and demonstrate how the project will align with state, regional and local workforce plans and/or other resources as part of an analysis of the labor market information.

Funding Information
​Funding for this program will utilize federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor under Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 2-18, Trade and Economic Transition National Dislocated Worker Grants. (TEGL 2-18).

Eligible Applicants

This funding opportunity is limited to entities designated as Local Workforce Innovation Areas in Illinois.  Grantees must comply with all applicable provisions of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to nondiscrimination, sexual harassment and equal employment opportunity including, but not limited to: The Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.), The Public Works Employment Discrimination Act (775 ILCS 10/1 et seq.), The United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended) (42 USC 2000a-and 2000H-6), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC 794), The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC 12101 et seq.), and The Age Discrimination Act (42 USC 6101 et seq.).

NOFO Materials
  • ​2018 National Dislocated Worker Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF)
  • 2018 WIOA Budget Template for National Dislocated Worker Grant Program (Excel)
    • Crosswalk of DWG Budget Form (PDF)
  • 2018 National Dislocated Worker Grant Program Application (PDF)
  • Fillable Project Implementation Plan (Word)