COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative: OTJ for Dislocated Workers Application Form
Release Date: Funding available starting April 13, 2020.

Close Date: Funds available until they are expended or June 30, 2020, whichever is earlier.

Purpose: Support employment and training activities for dislocated workers laid off or impacted as a result of COVID-19 by reemploying them in on-the-job training (OJT) opportunities. OJT placements must relate to the introduction of new technologies, introduction to new production or service procedures, upgrading to new jobs that require additional skills, workplace literacy, or other appropriate purposes.

In accordance with Field Memo 20-07: WIOA Title I Dislocated Worker Eligibility Criteria, individuals who have been temporarily laid off due to COVID-19 are eligible for WIOA Title I Dislocated Worker under the unlikely to return condition granted they do not have a recall date within 12 weeks of the layoff.

Participating OJT employers must be businesses who produce personal protective equipment or support essential functions or produce essential goods. Such industries may include, but is not limited to:
*Healthcare/Public Health/Human Services
*Law Enforcement, Public Safety, First Responders
*Food and Agriculture
*Energy
*Waste and Wastewater
*Transportation and logistics
*Public Works
*Communications and Information Technology
*Other Community-Based Essential Functions
*Government Operations
*Critical Manufacturing

An individual cannot be placed in an OJT for a position in which the business has any other individual on layoff from the same or substantially equivalent job. If the OJT is for a different position(s) requiring different skill sets, the OJT can be created for the employer, especially if it will assist in bringing back an individual who was previously laid-off.

Funding Amount: $400,000 total budget. Individual award amounts will vary depending on the local area request. Efforts will be made to fund all projects requested.

Eligible Expenses: OJT wage reimbursements to employers. Support service costs may not be paid under this funding opportunity. It is encouraged that participants support service needs are assessed and are provided and paid for with Title I program formula funds.

Goals and Objectives:
*Provide career, training and supportive services to dislocated workers who have lost employment due to COVID-19.
*Place dislocated workers in on-the-job training opportunities statewide.
Reduce the number of unemployed individuals and those receiving unemployment insurance benefits as a result of COVID-19.
*Support businesses experiencing an increased need of employees and/or increased need in production as a result of COVID-19.

Application Process: This is an expedited application process; the full application is submitted via the form below.

Review Process:This funding opportunity is administered by Iowa Workforce Development (IWD). All complete applications will be reviewed by IWD. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. IWD will process applications within 5 businesses days from the date of receipt.

Rapid Response funds will be disbursed to local areas in the manner in which formula funds are currently contracted. Chief Elected Officials and Local Workforce Development Boards should work with their respective WIOA Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker service provider to apply for and receive funds. Funds will be awarded until they are expended.
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