Dislocated Worker Grant - Opportunities and Funding Announcements

Comprehensive and Accessible Reemployment through Equitable Employment Recovery (CAREER) National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG)

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity was awarded a $3,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide employment and training services to help reemploy dislocated workers from historically marginalized communities or groups and those dislocated workers unemployed for an extended period as the state recovers from the unprecedented employment and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Services will be delivered through Illinois' Workforce System, providing comprehensive career and training services and technological solutions to expand accessibility to diverse populations of job seekers to connect the unemployed to reemployment.



COVID-19 Employment Recovery Project
If COVID-19 impacted your job, and you live in one of the following counties you may be able to get help with education and training or finding temporary employment. The Illinois workNet/American Job Centers have the support you need. Click on the LWIA below that serves your county to find out more. Or you may click here to find information about the center or other resources in your area.  

Counties Served​
Lake County
The Workforce Connection
Boone, Stephenson, Winnebago​
DuPage County ​DuPage
Will County
Kankakee Workforce Services

Livingston Workforce Services

Grundy Workforce Services


​Henry, Mercer, Rock Island
​Adams, Brown, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Pike, Schuyler, Warren
​Fulton, Mason, Marshall, McLean, Peoria, Stark, Tazwell, Woodford
Madison County in partnership with St. Clair County
​Bond, Madison, Clinton, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington
St. Clair County
Clinton, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington​
Management, Training and Consulting Corporation Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Washington

Find your local service provider with the Illinois workNet Service Finder

Dislocated Worker Grants Overview (DWG)
​DWGs are time-limited funding assistance in response to major economic dislocations or other events that cause significant impact on states and local areas that exceed the capacity of existing formula funds and other relevant resources to address.
  • DWGs are supplemental resources that provide flexibility responding and recovering from qualifying events (disasters and layoff events)

  • The projects align with existing state and local priorities, resources, and programs including coordination with local government, emergency management agencies, social service agencies, employers and industry organizations, education, faith-based organization, public health, etc.

  • DWGs should not be stand-alone programs, the design should coordinate with existing efforts through Rapid Response/layoff aversion, formula-funded activities, business engagement efforts, and more

  • Expectation that projects demonstrate intent to maximize positive outcomes for participants

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) identifies two categories under National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) program.  This includes Disaster Recover (DR) and Employment Recovery (ER). Employment Recovery DWGs include DWGs for Dislocated Service Members. 

Disaster Recovery (DR)
Disaster Recovery DWGs provide disaster-relief and humanitarian assistance employment, as well as employment and training services, as appropriate, to minimize the employment and economic impact of declared disasters and emergency situations, in disaster-declared areas as defined in 20 CFR 687.110(b).

Participant Eligible under Disaster Recovery include:

An individual temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the Covid 19 disaster or emergency;

A self-employed individual who became unemployed or significantly underemployed as a result of the Covid 19 emergency or disaster; or

A long-term unemployed individual as defined by the State below:

  • An individual with a work history who is seeking employment and has been unemployed or underemployed for 10 non-consecutive weeks out of the last 26 weeks; or

  • An individual without a work history or with a sporadic work history (e.g. temporary or seasonal employment, multiple terminations, etc.) who is seeking employment.   

An eligible dislocated worker; (Priority is to be given to workers dislocated (temporarily or permanently) as a result of the disaster.  If a person is eligible as a Dislocated Worker and also one of the other three categories above, they are to be certified/enrolled/served as a Dislocated Worker which will allow a project participant to be co-enrolled under other Dislocated Worker grants (e.g. formula) as appropriate.)

Grant Activities under Disaster Recovery include:

Although the focus of the Disaster Recovery Grant is Disaster Relief Employment, not all participants must participate in disaster-relief employment.  Grantees may provide employment and training activities to participants not in disaster-relief employment.  In summary, grantees may enroll Disaster Recovery DWG participants in: 

  • Disaster-relief employment only;

  • Employment and training activities only; or

  • Both disaster-relief employment and employment and training activities.  

These activities may occur concurrently, or one may occur prior to the other.  Grantees must assess and determine the specific needs of each individual participant and enroll them in disaster-relief employment, employment and training services, or both, in a manner that is most likely to result in successful outcomes.  As a general goal, grantees should design and provide employment and training activities aimed at allowing participants to obtain unsubsidized, sustainable employment following the conclusion of grant-supported activities.

Employment Recovery DWGs provide resources to respond to major economic   dislocations, such as large, unexpected layoff events that cause significant job losses.  Awards are determined by the demonstration of need for additional funds to provide employment and training assistance to workers affected by major economic dislocations, such as plant closures and mass layoffs.  Employment Recovery DWGs provide employment and training assistance to dislocated workers.

Employment Recovery (ER)

Participant Eligible under Employment Recovery includes:   

  • Dislocated worker as defined in WIOA Section 3(15).

  • Grantees are encouraged to prioritize services to individuals impacted by the qualifying layoff events where possible, but any eligible participants may be served.

  • Trade-affected workers may receive DWG-funded training if their required training is not covered by the TAA Program.

Grant Activities under Employment Recovery includes:

Grant activities for ER are the same as the formula Dislocated Worker program. Employment and training assistance is provided and includes career services, training services, supportive services and follow-up services.

Employment Recovery DWGs include DWGs for Dislocated Service Members. This will accurately reflect the types of DWGs. If you are pulling information from the program guidance please make sure you pull the information to provide a complete context for the grants.

  • ​Application - DWG Disaster Recovery and Employment Recovery Project Work Plan (Word)
  • Attachments and Instructions (Word)
  • LWIA DR and ER DWG Project Goals Template (Excel)
  • Uniform Budget (6-18-20) (Excel)
  • Crosswalk of DWG Budget Forms (Word)

  • October 8, 2020 - Dislocated Worker Grant Funding Webinar (Video URL)
    • Dislocated Worker Grant Funding Presentation (PDF)
  • May 12, 2020 - Dislocated Worker Grant Funding Webinar (Video URL)
    • Dislocated Worker Grant Funding Presentation (PPT)
  • WIOA PY 2020 Dislocated Worker Allocations (PDF)
  • TEGL 14-18 (PDF)
  • TEGL 12-19 (PDF)
  • Disaster Recovery DWG Program Requirements Section of DOL Grant Award (PDF)
  • DOL COVID-19 FAQs (FAQ Link)


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