WIOA National Dislocated Worker Grants / WIA National Emergency Grants


The purpose of the National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) program is to temporarily expand service capacity at the state and local levels by providing time-limited funding assistance in response to significant dislocation events. Significant events are those that create a sudden need for assistance that cannot reasonably be expected to be accommodated within the on-going operations of the formula-funded Dislocated Worker program, including the discretionary resources reserved at the state level.

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
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. It supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This regulation has been submitted to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) for publication, and is currently pending publication in the Federal Register. Only the version published in the Federal Register is the official regulation., Title 1, Part D, Section 170, Public Law 113-128
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Entities that are generally eligible to receive a National Dislocated Worker Grant include: designated state Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program grantee agencies; a Local Workforce Investment Area; a consortium of local boards for adjoining local areas; a designated organization receiving WIOA funding through the Native American Program provisions of WIOA; and a consortium of states. Funds can be used to provide employment and training services (including some supportive services) to eligible participants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals who are eligible for assistance vary by type of National Dislocated Worker Grant project; however, they must meet the criteria provided in the Workforce Investment Act: National Emergency Grants - Application Procedures, 69 Federal Register (April 27, 2004).
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications for DWGs are submitted via the National Dislocated Worker Grants System. Information on how to apply for DWG funding can be found at www.doleta.gov/dwgs/how-to-apply.
Award Procedure
The Grant Officer issues a Notice of Obligation to the grantee providing the dollar amount, purpose of the funds, and the terms and conditions of the grant based on the information provided in the application.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 days. A decision on an initial application and monetary grant modifications such as requests for incremental funding, are made within 45 working days from receipt of a complete and responsive request.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Eligible circumstances for funding include: Disasters - Both Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-declared disasters and other emergency events of national significance as designated by another Federal Agency; plant closures and mass layoffs affecting 50 or more workers; and assistance to trade impacted workers and other individuals eligible under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Reform Act as amended; and assistance to areas of higher than average demand for services for dislocated members of the armed forces and their spouses.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring occurs on a quarterly basis.
Not applicable.
States are required to maintain adequate records in accordance with 29 CFR 95 and 97.
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.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Applications for DWG funds can be funded in whole or in part. Generally, DWGs are funded incrementally. Awarded DWG funds may be expended during the months remaining in the Program Year in which the grant award is made plus the subsequent two program years. Generally, planned project durations should not exceed 24 months. 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 the appendix of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Robert Kight
200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room C-4526
Washington, DC 20210 US
Phone: 202-693-3937
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$159,000,000.00; FY 19 est $119,000,000.00; FY 20 est $174,000,000.00; FY 17$120,000,000.00; - Prior to July 2010 NEG grants were issued under CFDA # 17.260. Beginning in PY 2010 (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011) NEG grants or older grant increments began going out under 17.277.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grant amounts awarded PY2017/FY2018 ranged from $210,000 - $12,000,000. Grant amounts awarded PY2018/FY2019 ranged from $307,207 - $14,666,667.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Workforce Investment Act: National Emergency Grants - Application Procedures (April 27, 2004) & TEGL 2-15/ Operational Guidance for National Dislocated Worker Grants, pursuant to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA or Opportunity Act)
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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