Funding Proposals Requested

Funding could soon be available to provide employment opportunities for those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and assistance from the community is needed to identify the best ways for this money to be utilized. The Central Virginia Workforce Development Board has an opportunity to apply for up to $215,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Dislocated Worker Grants will be awarded to individual workforce development boards around the state, to assist workers who were temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and self-employed individuals who became unemployed or significantly under-employed as a result of the disaster. Should funding be approved, the workforce board may be able to provide employment for dislocated workers through the following qualified positions:

• Temperatures Takers
• Workers to conduct sanitizing of quarantine or treatment areas after their use; public schools, school buses, and other public school facilities; public spaces, and other heavily used locations.; public transportation facilities; and other sanitization activities that become apparent as the COVID-19 emergency continues
• Personal shoppers and delivery drivers to shop, package, and deliver groceries and other supplies to homebound community members, and run errands as needed for homebound individuals
• Workers to work in other essential industries to include social and human Service Assistants; Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers; Day Care workers; Retail Salespersons (Grocery); Maintenance and Repair Workers, General; Security Guards; and others identified as need arises as the COVID-19 emergency continues
• Community health workers to assist in efforts to combat this public health crisis by addressing growing provider shortages, improve patient outcomes, and increase access to culturally sensitive care among populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19

Businesses and non-profits are encouraged to contact the Central Virginia Workforce Development Board, to recommend ways this money can be deployed within our region. Our deadline to submit requests for the grant funding described above is September 30, 2020.

Please share recommendations with Ben Bowman, executive director of the Central Virginia Workforce Development Board, by emailing ben.bowman@vcwcentral.com