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Funding is available to support small businesses (250 employees or less) through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application Window
March 30, 2020 – April 3, 2020

The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM on April 3, 2020. No exceptions.
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Is my business/organization eligible?

Businesses that are eligible to apply must:

  • Be a public, private, or non-profit entity;
  • Have 250 employees or less;
  • Fall within the Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidelines produced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or within the target industries identified by the region that include Manufacturing, Information Technology, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Construction, Transportation & Logistics, Financial Services and/or Education Services;
  • Be up-to-date on all federal, state, and local taxes; and
  • Be located in the Blue Ridge region which includes the Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, and Roanoke and the Cities of Covington, Roanoke, and Salem;

What items/activities can I include in my application for funding?

Funding for this project should be used to implement layoff aversion strategies and activities that are designed to prevent, or minimize the duration of, unemployment resulting from layoffs due to COVID-19. Examples of these projects could include, but are not limited to:

  • A small business that 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 cleaning supplies, protective equipment and/or a cleaning/sanitation service;
  • A small business whose employees use specific software or computer applications and will need 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 employee would need to use from home to support their work;
  • A small business 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; and/or
  • Other needs as identified and reviewed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

How will my business/organization receive the funding, if approved?

If approved, funding will be provided to your business on a reimbursement basis. A check will be mailed to the business once the reimbursement request is received.

How quickly will my business/organization receive the funding?

Businesses should receive reimbursement within 45 days of an accurate reimbursement request.

What happens if my application isn’t approved?

If your application is not approved, you will be notified by Virginia Career Works staff. At this time, staff will try to recommend additional funding sources for your business to research.

How will Virginia Career Works decide who gets the money?

The decision process will be a comprehensive review by Virginia Career Works staff with input from local and regional economic development representatives. Staff will be focusing on leveraging additional funding when possible and making sure that the funding is stretched as far as possible. Staff will also be focusing on projects that assist the region in continuing to sustain economic vitality and reduce the greatest number of individuals facing unemployment.

These services and programs are 100% supported by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Rapid Response award of $57,542 (#AA-332060-19-55-A-51) made to the City of Roanoke on behalf of Local Workforce Development Area 3 – Blue Ridge by the pass through entity, the Virginia Community College System. Additional funding may be provided through local government support. No costs of these programs are financed by non-governmental sources.

Virginia Career Works – Blue Ridge is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aides and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TDD-VA Relay: 711. Morgan Romeo | EO Officer | mromeo@vcwblueridge.com | (540) 562-8442