The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board has received Rapid Response funding from the Governor, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, to assist employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds are reserved for small businesses (250 employers or less) and may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs.  The grant will support layoff aversion strategies and activities designed to prevent, or minimize the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs due to COVID-19.

The following guidance and accompanying list are intended to support State, Local, and industry partners in identifying the critical infrastructure sectors and the essential workers needed to maintain the services and functions Americans depend on daily and need to be able to operate resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response.  This grant opportunities applies to essential companies as identified in DHS guidance at the link below.  Please review the grant information sheet and Assurances and Certifications prior to submitting or contact us to discuss your grant proposal.

DHS Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response

COVID RR Grants SVWDB Information Sheet

COVID RR Small Business Support Application

Assurances and Certifications

Application Process

  1. Submit the draft application.
  2. Work with the SVWDB representative to complete the final application and discuss funding reimbursement specifics.
  3. Sign the grant award agreement.
  4. Implement the project.
  5. Work with the SVWDB representative to report performance outcomes.

Contact: Joan Hollen, SVWDB Representative,, 540-442-7134 X100