The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) awarded $2.5 million in grants to seven Pennsylvania organizations.

The chosen organizations answered the department's call for collaboration on grassroots efforts to eliminate barriers to Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation (UC) system. 

Funding for the grants, awarded to the state through a competitive federal grant process in June, will support L&I's efforts to deliver timely UC benefits to workers.  Especially the following groups: 

  • Immigrants and Refugees in Pennsylvania's biggest urban centers - Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • Individuals in low-income communities with limited access or familiarity with technology 
  • Individuals with disabilities 

Funds awarded to community organizations may be used for outreach/education classes, educational equipment, staffing, training, and vendor costs. 

The following organizations received UC Navigator Grants: 

  • Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. | $382,746
  • Mon Valley Unemployed Committee | $396,080
  • Philadelphia Legal Assistance Center, Inc. | $419,150
  • Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia | $418,084
  • ACLAMO | $419,008
  • Campaign for Working Families, Inc. | $419,161
  • Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation | $100,000