SWAPTE receives COVID-19 National  Emergency Grant to assist area  businesses and dislocated workers


Mobile, AL- Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment (SWAPTE) announces grant to provide financial assistance to businesses needing to rebuild their workforce and employment to individuals who are not or no longer receiving unemployment insurance. 


This program identifies jobs that can be filled quickly and help businesses return to full activity sooner. “This opportunity will help those businesses access funding with minimal turnaround time and help job seekers with a temporary source of income,” states Sydney Raine, SWAPTE President.  “Companies who didn’t qualify or couldn’t access funds through the Paycheck Protection Program should consider this grant opportunity.”


Key Facts: 

1.    The program is intended to serve individuals dislocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic but any individual who is WIOA eligible can be enrolled as a temporary worker. 

2.    Temporary emergency workers will work no more than 240 hours total and no more than 40 hours per week. They may be asked to work fewer hours per week for longer than 6 weeks. 

3.    If the temporary emergency worker is not able to find full time employment after the 240 hours of work, they may be eligible for unemployment insurance. 

4.    Companies will be able to refer individuals who were laid off from their company for these positions. 


Businesses interested in providing a position or learning more about the COVID-19 NEG Program should contact your local Career Center or visit www.swapte.org.


?SWAPTE is a regional partnership of business, education, labor and community leaders serving Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington and Wilcox counties. We underwrite regional workforce development activities for Region 7 with funding provided from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in partnership with the Department of Labor and the Alabama Department of Commerce.