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WIOA Title 1 Program Financial Allotments

A breakdown of the WIOA Title 1 (adult, youth and dislocated worker) program financial allotments has been provided by region. 

Iowa COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative

On-the-Job Training for Dislocated Workers

Issue Date:  April 13, 2020


Rapid Response (RR) provides the activities necessary to plan for and respond as quickly as possible following an announcement or notification of a permanent closure or mass layoff, a mass job dislocation resulting from a natural or other disaster, or the filing of a Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) petition. Rapid Response delivers services to enable dislocated workers to transition to new employment as quickly as possible.  The delivery of services must be proactive, comprehensive, and structured.

Funding Amount

Total Award = $400,000

Individual award amounts will vary depending on the local area request.  Efforts will be made to fund all projects requested.


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 an established 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.

Coordination with Policy On-the-Job Training (OJT)

This funding opportunity must be operated in accordance with On-the-Job Training (OJT). It may be appropriate to increase the wage reimbursement to the employer to 75% of the wage rate of the participant taking into consideration the conditions outlined in the policy.  Additionally, OJT’s for employed workers is allowable within policy, and is encouraged within this funding opportunity to allow for the existing workforce to gain new skills within businesses who may be introducing new products and technologies as a response to COVID-19.

Funding Restrictions

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.  This funding opportunity must be used to pay for OJT wages only.

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. 


Funding availability begins April 13, 2020 and remains available until funds are expended.  Applications may be found by clicking here, or by visiting https://forms.gle/ecqZRTMHXVXsSyY78 and completing the accompanying form.  This funding opportunity is administered by Iowa Workforce Development (IWD).  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.