An emergency grant of $1.3 million is going to the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. The Missouri Governor’s Office says the funding is coming from the U.S. Department of Labor for COVID-19 disaster recovery.
The RecoverMO Humanitarian Work Grant will target dislocated workers from across the state, according to a news release. It will help the department provide temporary employment opportunities in humanitarian work such as grocery delivery, health care, contact tracing and other work that directly supports COVID-19. It will also help provide job training opportunities, according to the governor’s office.
The money is expected to be available to local workforce development boards within 45 days.
The department plans to launch the #RecoverMO campaign on Monday. That will include holding virtual job fairs and highlighting short-term training programs offered by Missouri higher education institutions.