BALTIMORE (April 7, 2021) – Maryland Department of Labor (Labor) Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson today announced that Maryland has been awarded $2,881,060 from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) COVID-19 National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) program to help workers whose jobs were impacted by the pandemic to access employment and training services. This competitive federal funding opportunity was introduced to provide support to communities impacted by the workforce consequences of the COVID-19 health crisis.

“Our department has distributed Maryland’s COVID-19 National Dislocated Worker Grant to ten Local Workforce Development Areas across the state to support their ongoing reemployment initiatives,” said Labor Secretary Robinson. “Through this funding, our local workforce areas are helping Marylanders get back to work and emerge from this crisis stronger than before—with in-demand skills and a pathway to a successful career.”

Labor has awarded its NDWG funds to ten Local Workforce Development Areas (Local Areas) to support over 720 job seekers looking to gain new skills in order to effectively enter into critical industries such as environmental services, healthcare, hospitality, logistics, and manufacturing.

Maryland Department of Labor’s Local NDWG RecipientsAward AmountAnticipated # of Participants Served
Anne Arundel County$525,000150
Baltimore City$300,00095
Baltimore County$81,50025
Howard County$125,000115
Montgomery County$175,00050
Prince George’s County$450,00049
Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles, and Saint Mary’s Counties)$315,06077
Susquehanna (Cecil and Harford Counties)$125,00050
Upper Shore (Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties)$125,00022
Western Maryland (Washington, Allegany and Garrett Counties)$250,00095

The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) is applying Baltimore City’s NDWG funds to help address the dual challenges of high unemployment and a critical shortage of healthcare workers.

“Our program is giving unemployed city residents access to valuable training and credentials as Community Healthcare Workers that will prepare them to enter meaningful careers with a future. When participants graduate, they are prepared to fill a serious gap in the healthcare system by building connections to healthcare in underserved communities,” said MOED Director Jason Perkins-Cohen.

Asked to provide a participant’s perspective on MOED’s program, newly certified Community Health Worker Candace Joyner gave the training and support she received high marks: “I love this program and the training and everything that it has offered me,” said Ms. Joyner. “I would recommend this training to others. I am so grateful for the opportunity.”

For more information about Maryland’s reemployment initiatives, please visit Labor’s Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning.


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