National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary's discretionary fund. A grant is awarded after a state submits a request and the grant guidelines have been met.
Chao said, "The president and I are committed to helping displaced workers access the job and skills training they need to find new jobs that will enable them to provide for themselves and their families. We hope these funds will be deployed as quickly as possible to help these South Dakota workers."
One grant of more than $1 million will aid 300 workers dislocated from the Gateway Co. plants in Sioux Falls and North Sioux City, South Dakota. The second grant of more than $455,000 will assist 200 South Dakotans who lost their jobs in the call center industry.