Rapid Response COVID-19 Business Support Initiative
Governor Northam announced funding to help combat COVID-19 and support impacted businesses. The Governor released $1.5 million dollars of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Rapid Response funding to help impacted businesses. The Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board (LWDA 13) received $87,314.00 based on our Labor Force. This funding may be used to clean facilities and other emergency needs of small business (250 or fewer employees). These funds will be available from March 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020.
Examples for use of the WIOA Rapid Response funds are:
- A small business needs their employees to be at work, on site, but cannot afford frequent deep cleaning to help prevent potential exposure to COVID-19. Layoff aversion funds could be used to pay for a cleaning/sanitation service.
- A small business whose employees use specific software or computer applications asks their employees to work from home/remotely in order to support social distancing and limit potential exposure to COVID-19. Layoff aversion funding could be used to purchase the software/programs that the employees would need to use from home to support their work.
- A call center environment needs to have their employees work from home/remotely in order to support social distancing and limit potential exposure to COVID-19. Layoff aversion funding could be used to purchase remote access supplies, including laptop computers and/or smart phones, which the employee would need to use from home to support their work.
This funding is to be used for layoff aversion strategies and activities to prevent, or minimize the duration of, unemployment resulting from layoffs due to COVID-19.
This funding would be on a reimbursement basis to businesses and the business must enter into a contract with the Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board outlining what services will be paid for along with a budget. Below is the link to the application and agreement.
BCWDB Rapid Response COVID-19 Business Support Initiative Employer Application and Agreement
Virginia Rapid Response COVID-19 Award Business Support Initiative FAQ Sheet – April 29, 2020
LWDA 13 serves 16 jurisdictions, we have allocated the funding to each locality in the manner the state allocated to each LWDA – by labor force. Below is the allocation per jurisdiction.
|Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board|
|Labor Force By County|
|Area||Labor Force||Percentage||$ 87,314.00|
|Spotsylvania County||67818.682||26%||$ 23,077.04|
|Stafford County||71877.682||28%||$ 24,458.22|
|Fredericksburg city||13927.682||5%||$ 4,739.25|
|King George County||13189.682||5%||$ 4,488.13|
|Caroline County||15449.682||6%||$ 5,257.15|
|Westmoreland County||9362.6819||4%||$ 3,185.89|
|Northumberland County||5677.6819||2%||$ 1,931.98|
|Richmond County||4007.6819||2%||$ 1,363.71|
|Lancaster County||5233.6819||2%||$ 1,780.89|
|Essex County||5396.6819||2%||$ 1,836.36|
|King and Queen County||3944.6819||2%||$ 1,342.28|
|King William County||9201.6819||4%||$ 3,131.11|
|Mathews County||4043.6819||2%||$ 1,375.97|
|Middlesex County||5221.6819||2%||$ 1,776.81|
|Accomack County||16951.682||7%||$ 5,768.24|
|Northampton County||5292.6819||2%||$ 1,800.97|