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$800 grants available for people financially impacted by COVID-19

The Dislocated Worker Funds can help pay for basic needs as well as some work from home costs.

CALIFORNIA, USA — A deadline has been extended for grants to help people impacted by COVID-19.

The WIOA Dislocated Worker Funds for Underserved COVID-19 Impacted Individuals program pays up to $800 per person for basic needs, such as housing, utility assistance, child care, transportation costs, and some 'work from home' costs. The deadline to apply for the grant is now December 31, 2020.

California’s Employment Development Department lists several eligibility criteria for the grant, including:

  • Enrolled in Title I Dislocated Worker services
  • Have not received wages above 400% of federal poverty level (FPL) for the last six months
    • Household Annual Salary for 400% FPL is as follows:
      • Family of 1: $51,040
      • Family of 2: $68,960
      • Family of 3: $86,880
      • Family of 4: $104,800

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will also need to show your financial need is related to COVID-19. The EDD states people will need to meet one of the following:

  • Laid off due to COVID-19
  • Experienced a reduction in hours and/or pay due to COVID-19
  •  Unable to work for any of the following COVID-19 related reasons
  • Subject to quarantine
  • Caregiver for someone who is subject to quarantine
  • Need to care for children because of school closure or closure of other child care provider
  • At higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, or lives with someone at higher risk
  • Required to telework, but do not have the necessary equipment

All counties in California are participating in the grant program except for Kings, Santa Cruz, and Solano counties. Additionally, El Dorado, Placer, and Alpine counties participated but have already expended all funds.

If you want to apply for the grant, contact your local Workforce Development Board as each county and board may have a different process to apply.

If you have a financial question related to unemployment or the pandemic, text the Dollars and Sense team at 916-321-3310.

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