Through funding from Governor Northam’s Office, the Virginia Career Works South Central Return to Earn Grant Program, matches payments from eligible small businesses to provide new hires with up to $1,000 to support their transition back into the workforce. The Return to Earn Grant Program will serve businesses with less than 100 employees that may not have the resources to provide this financial support.
This initiative will match up to $500 that a qualifying small business pays directly to a new employee hired after May 31, 2021. Funds will only be reimbursed to businesses for new hires in positions that pay at least $15 per hour (tips included) and that qualify as W-2 employment, either full- or part-time. To help address workforce shortages in child care, qualifying child care businesses may qualify for up to $500 per new hire without the match requirement.
To request funding, please fill out the online application below.