2023 Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy, and Training Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grants
The 2023 Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy, and Training (QUEST) Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) is a significant initiative aimed at supporting unemployed and underemployed individuals. The QUEST DWGs are designed to provide support for workers, industries, and communities impacted by the pandemic, addressing ongoing challenges and facilitating recovery. The grants can be used for a range of purposes, including project implementation and capacity building. The sectors that can benefit from the 2023 QUEST grant activities include the infrastructure, care economy, hospitality, and climate and environment sectors, among others relevant to local economies. The QUEST DWGs aim to promote quality jobs and equity, employing strategies and training to aid in disaster recovery and address the unique needs of dislocated workers.
With a total funding amount of up to $653 million, this opportunity is part of the American Rescue Plan Act's efforts to enhance state technology, improve flexibility and performance, increase efficiency in claims processing, and proactively protect against fraud. A substantial portion of the funding will be allocated for states to upgrade their Unemployment Insurance (UI) systems. The remainder will be made available to allow states to participate in IT modernization programs sponsored by the Department of Labor. This investment aims to create a more resilient and efficient system that can better serve individuals and employers during times of economic hardship. There are several grants associated with this opportunity. Click the links below to learn more about each specific grant.
The Opioid Disaster Recovery Dislocated Workers Grant is designed to establish temporary job opportunities that address the needs arising from the opioid crisis. Additionally, these funds can offer services to reintegrate employees impacted by the crisis and educate individuals for roles in mental health treatment, addiction treatment, and pain management.
Encouraging community collaborations that are essential in tackling this complex public health issue.
Offering education that cultivates a skilled workforce in fields that can influence the causes and treatments of the opioid crisis, including addiction treatment, mental health, and pain management.
Guaranteeing the prompt provision of relevant career guidance, training, and support activities to dislocated workers (including displaced homemakers), individuals who have been temporarily or permanently laid off due to the opioid crisis, long-term unemployed individuals, and self-employed individuals who are unemployed or significantly underemployed as a result of the opioid public health emergency - including those within these groups affected by opioid use, in order to facilitate successful reemployment.
Establishing temporary disaster-relief jobs that cater to the unique impacts of the opioid crisis in the affected communities.