Governor’s “Return to Earn” Initiative

What Is It?

Unemployed Virginians are facing a variety of childcare, transportation, and other barriers to returning to the workforce while some small businesses are struggling to find workers. To support Virginians in their transition back to employment, Governor Ralph Northam will invest $3 million to pilot the Return to Earn Grant Program.

This initiative will reimburse up to $500 that a qualifying small business pays directly to a new employee hired after May 31st, 2021, for up to 25 new hires.  Funds will only be reimbursed for new hires in positions that pay at least $15 per hour and qualify as W-2 employment, either full- or part-time.

Funding Criteria
  • The initiative will reimburse up to $500 that a qualifying small business pays directly to a new employee hired after May 31st, 2021, with a maximum of 25 new hires per employer.
  • Employer must pay the full amount and provide funds directly to new hires. This can be in either one lump sum or in installments to cover the ongoing costs of childcare, transportation, or other barriers to re-employment. Verification of how funds are used by the new hire is not required.
  • Only employers with fewer than 100 employees across all Virginia locations may qualify for funds. The employment facility where new hires will be placed must be located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the employer must also be incorporated in Virginia.
  • Wages for new hires must be a minimum of $15.00 per hour. The position must be W-2 employment but can be part- or full-time. Funds may only be provided to new employees hired by the employer, and the individual hired must be currently unemployed for at least 30 calendar days (as attested by the individual).
Additional Information

 

ALEXANDRIA CITY & ARLINGTON COUNTY EMPLOYERS APPLY HERE

 

Questions, contact David Remick at 703.228.1412 or dremick@arlingtonva.us.