WIOA Dislocated Worker Formula Grants


Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) authorized three of the six WIOA core programs. The WIOA Dislocated Worker program is one of the three core programs. The purpose of the WIOA Dislocated Worker (DW) program is to help dislocated workers get back to work as quickly as possible and overcome barriers to employment. When individuals become dislocated workers as a result of job loss, mass layoffs, global trade dynamics or transitions in economic sectors, the DW program provides services to assist them in re-entering the workforce. States can reserve up to 25 percent of their DW funds for Rapid Response activities. The program's success is measured by the following core indicators of performance: 1. Employment Rate - 2nd Quarter After Exit; 2. Employment Rate - 4th Quarter After Exit; 3. Median Earnings - 2nd Quarter After Exit; 4. Credential Attainment Rate; 5. Measurable Skill Gains.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Program budget is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/ Program data not yet available. Program budget is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/
Fiscal Year 2017 Program budget is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/ Program data not yet available.
Fiscal Year 2019 Fiscal Year 2018: Program budget is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/ Program data not yet available.
Fiscal Year 2020 States allocate Dislocated Worker funds to their local workforce development areas to provide career and training services to individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, including separating service members, military spouses, and displaced homemakers. Additionally, the program allows for states to reserve up to 25 percent of their Dislocated Worker funds for Rapid Response activities. Rapid Response is a pro-active, business-focused, and flexible strategy to help growing companies access an available pool of skilled workers and can respond to layoffs by quickly coordinating services and aid to companies and their workers. For the first three quarters of Program Year 2020, the WIOA Dislocated Worker program served more than 702,000 participants; of those, more than 70,000 received training, and more than 62,000 were low income individuals. Of the more than 70,000 in training, 52.3 percent had a Measurable Skill Gain and over 70 percent of exiters from training attained an industry-recognized credential. After exiting the program, 61.9 percent of exiters were employed 2 quarters after exit. Exiters who were employed had a median earnings of $8,535 in the 2nd quarter after exit (months 4-6).
Fiscal Year 2023 For FY 2022, $1,076,000,000 was obligated for the WIOA DW program; for FY 2023, $1,095,000,000 has been obligated. The recipients of these funds are the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the outlying areas. However, as of PY 2023, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 allows the outlying areas the option to submit a single application according to the requirements established by the Secretary for a consolidated grant for Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth funds. Please refer to CFDA 17.290 for information on the outlying areas only. PY allotments are comprised of Base funds (beginning of PY) + Advance funds (beginning of fiscal year). Performance data is available for PY 2021 at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/performance/wioa-performance. Performance data for PY 2022 will be available later this year.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014, and went into effect on July 1, 2015. The regulations were published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2016. The regulations for the Title I WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth programs are at 20 CFR Parts 680 through 683, as well as the joint Department of Labor and Department of Education regulations found at 20 CFR parts 676 through 678., Public Law 113-128
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Under WIOA, the entities eligible to receive formula-based funding from the Department are the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the outlying areas. Funds are allotted based on a statutory formula and states, in turn, allocate funds to local workforce development boards (approximately 600), which are responsible for operating comprehensive American Job Centers (approximately 2,400 nationwide).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals eligible for assistance through the Act are workers who have lost their jobs, including those dislocated as a result of plant closings or mass layoffs, and are unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation; formerly self-employed individuals; and displaced homemakers who depend on income of another family member, but are no longer supported by that income. Priority of Service is given to veterans and other covered persons.
Formula-funded programs are subject to an agreement between the Governor and Secretary and an approved State Plan. States sign a grant document agreeing to comply with the Act and regulations for the formula-allotted program. Cost principles apply to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Contact Regional Office for more information.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Governor must submit a single WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan in accordance with planning guidance issued through the Federal Register. The planning guidance provides detailed instructions on what must be included in the State Plan, and provides a framework for collaboration across programs and integration of services, including the WIOA Title I programs and Wagner-Peyser Activities, as well as WIOA Titles II and IV programs housed with the Department of Education. The Combined State Plan includes the six "core" programs of the Unified Plan as well as other workforce development programs administered by the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. States submit the Unified or Combined State Plan to www.wioaplans.ed.gov.
Award Procedure
Those portions of the State Plan over which the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training exercises authority are reviewed and approved by the Employment and Training Administration. Formula funds are awarded to the states based on a statutory formula provided in the authorizing legislation.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. State plans will be reviewed in accordance with 20 CFR 661.220(e), which provides that the Secretary must approve all state plans within 90 days of their submission, unless the Secretary determines in writing that: (1) the state plan is inconsistent with the provisions of Title I of WIOA or the WIOA regulations, including 29 CFR Part 37; or (2) the portion of the state plan impacting the Wagner-Peyser Act plan does not satisfy the criteria for approval in section 8(d) of the Wagner-Peyser Act or the Wagner-Peyser Act regulations at 20 CFR Part 652.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
WIOA specifies that most services for adult and dislocated workers will be provided through the American Job Center (AJC) Network, also known as the one-stop career center system. It authorizes that funds be used to provide career services, which are classified into two categories: basic and individualized services. While some job seekers may only need self-service or other basic career services such as labor exchange services, others may need more comprehensive services, such as individualized services, which include career planning, and developing an individual employment plan outlining needs and goals of the job seeker. Participants will also receive training services linked to job opportunities in their communities. To promote customer choice and involvement in career decisions, participants use an "Individual Training Account" (ITA) to select an appropriate training program from an eligible training provider list (ETPL). WIOA also authorizes the provision of supportive services (e.g. transportation and child care assistance) to enable an individual to participate in the program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Regional Federal Project Officers conduct monitoring using risk assessments, desk reviews, and on-site visits.
Not applicable.
Nonfederal entities are required to maintain adequate records in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200.333, 29 CFR 95 and 97, as applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Public Law 113-128

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Formula funds are annually allotted to states and local workforce development areas under statutory formulas based on the distribution of unemployed individuals. States and local areas have three years to obligate the funds. Funds are distributed in two portions during a program year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact appropriate Regional Employment and Training Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Robert Kight
200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room S-4203
Washington, DC 20210 US
Phone: 202-693-3937
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 22$1,076,000,000.00; FY 23 est $1,095,000,000.00; FY 24 est $1,096,000,000.00; FY 21$1,064,000,000.00; FY 20$1,054,000,000.00; FY 19$1,044,000,000.00; FY 18$1,041,000,000.00; FY 17$1,020,000,000.00; FY 16$1,021,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
WIOA formula grants vary annually and are published in the Federal Register.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
WIOA Final Rule (DOL only), 20 CFR Parts 603, 651, 652 et.al., is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/Docs/wioa-regs-labor-final-rule.pdf WIOA Joint Final Rule (DOL and Education), 20 CFR Part 676, 677, 678, is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/Docs/wioa-regs-joint-final-rule.pdf
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.