On March 23, 2019, Iowa received a major disaster declaration (DR-4421) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The US Department of Labor (USDOL) awarded Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) $3 million in emergency National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) funds. IWD will serve as the lead statewide agency to administer the Iowa Disaster Recovery Employment Program (DREP) and pass-through NDWG funds to implement recovery work in partnership with local areas.

What are the requirements of the grant?

  • To create temporary employment opportunities to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts, when an area impacted by disaster under a major disaster declaration.
  • Participants may be employed up to a year and are paid an hourly wage based on comparable positions locally.
  • Worksites are limited to public or nonprofit lands and facilities in counties designated by FEMA as eligible for Category A Public Assistance (DR-4421 eligibility map).

What are the participant eligibility requirements?

  • Individuals who are temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the disaster
  • Are self-employed who become unemployed or significantly underemployed as a result of the disaster
  • Long-term unemployed workers (defined in Iowa as 27 or more consecutive weeks)

How can funds be used? Local areas coordinate temporary employment opportunities in partnership with local worksites. This includes, but is not limited utilizing funds to support DREP participant wages, supportive services that reduce participation barriers, outreach and recruitment efforts, the purchase of additional worksite supplies and rental of additional heavy equipment, local area oversight, and more.

How do local areas request support? IWD is coordinating a streamlined request process to identify local needs, proposed recovery projects and the projected number of DREP participants served. Local areas should collaborate with their Local Workforce Boards and Title I partners, who will submit a collaborative application to request support for each region. Application materials are listed below.

Application Materials

Deadline: Monday, June 17, 2019

    Completed applications can be submitted electronically by email to

    Technical Assistance Session Recordings

    • I am a Title I partner coordinating our Region’s efforts. How do we prepare and submit our application?
      View the application webinar.
    • I am a local municipality, nonprofit, etc interested in engaging DREP participants in recovery efforts in our community. What can DREP participants do and how can we get involved?
      View the webinar about how DREP participants can get involved.

    Questions? Contact for more information.

    Program Resources