The Governor is authorizing $87,619.00 of funding to the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, for employers eligible to remain open during the COVID-19 emergency. Period of performance is from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020.
The overall goal of this program is to save jobs in Alexandria City and Arlington County.
Terms to Know
- Employer: An individual, business, company, firm, agency, or organization that employs one or more people.
- Layoff Aversion: A strategy that prevents and/or minimizes unemployment for employees of companies that have either announced layoffs or are struggling and at risk of downsizing. The Alexandria/Arlington Emergency Layoff Aversion Assistance Program funds strategies and activities that are designed to prevent, or minimize the duration of, unemployment resulting from layoffs due to COVID-19.
- A layoff is averted when one of the following occurs:
- A worker’s job is saved with an existing employer that is at risk of downsizing, relocating or closing.
- A worker at risk of dislocation transitions to a different job with the same employer or a new job with a different employer and experiences no unemployment or a minimal spell of unemployment.
How the Program Works
- Participating businesses or non-profit organizations with employees located in Alexandria City and Arlington County that has 250 or fewer employees.
- Fill out and submit the Emergency Layoff Aversion Assistance Program application at the bottom of this page.
- Application requests shall not exceed $7,500. Smaller requests are encouraged.
- This program will award 11 grants based on funding ability. Each grant award will be a “reimbursable grant”, meaning that the employer will provide Arlington County Government with an invoice and copies of all receipts spent on implementing this program. The County will reimburse 100% of these costs to the employer.
- Projects may make use of other funding sources and leveraged resources.
- Decisions for funding approval will be made by March 30, 2020 at 5pm. Grants will be awarded to applicants who can save the largest number of jobs.
- Approved employers are required to enter into an agreement with Arlington County Government that will outline the project deliverables and outcomes.
- The employer has been in operation in Virginia for a minimum of one year.
- The employer must be up-to-date on state and local tax obligations.
- Employers must have a workforce of 250 or fewer staff.
- All jobs must pay minimum wage or more.
- Industries this grant serves are Accommodation and Food Services, Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services, Construction, Education Services, Finance and Insurance, Health Care and Social Assistance, Manufacturing, Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, Retail Trade, and Transportation and Warehousing.
Examples of Acceptable Use of Funding
Layoff aversion funds could be used for innovative strategies to maintain business operations, including, but not limited to:
- A cleaning/sanitization service.
- The purchase of software/online programs that employees would need to use from home to support their work.
- The purchase of remote access supplies, including laptop computers and/or smart phones, which the employees would need to use from home to support their work. Total cost of equipment must be under $5,000.00 for application consideration.
- The purchase of an online sales platform to sell services virtually so that existing staff roles can be repurposed for order fulfillment.
Unfortunately these funds cannot be used to directly pay the wages of employees.
UPDATE 3/27 – USDOL states that this grant cannot be used to purchase food for restaurants.
Application Deadline: 5pm EST, March 27, 2020.
Award Notification: 5pm EST, March 30, 2020.
Questions, please contact David Remick.
APPLICATION WINDOW HAS CLOSED
This program is 100% funded by the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Rapid Response Program through the U.S. Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration. 100% of the total costs of the Alexandria/Arlington Emergency Layoff Aversion Assistance Program will be financed with Federal WIOA Rapid Response funds. The Alexandria City/Arlington County FY 2020 Federal WIOA Rapid Response funding allocation is $87,619.00.
Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council is an Equal Opportunity Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.