Layoff Aversion Grant – Restaurants

The Rogue Workforce Partnership will have a limited amount of funding that can help support and sustain local restaurants during this challenging time.  Grant applicants need to:

  • Have at least 3 employees
  • Be solely located in either Jackson or Josephine county
  • And are not part of a regional or national chain

Preference will be given to applicants who have sought Technical Assistance from the Oregon Restaurant COVID Assistance (ORCA) project. Connect with your local ORCA advisor: Michael Lainoff, ORCA Project,, (541) 896-1714 –

Awards are between $500 and $1200.  Funds are limited so apply soon.  Click on the button below to apply online.  For more information, view the Flyer for Restaurant Employers.  

Online Application

Layoff Support for Employers

If you are an employer considering a layoff, or currently in the process of laying off employees, we want to help.  The Rapid Response (RR) Team in Jackson and Josephine counties have resources to possibly avert a layoff and for workers who have been laid off.

Averting a layoff.

Before making the decision to layoff or furlough employees, please consider the following as possible options and guidance:

When Laying Off Employees.

When a layoff happens, the employer must file a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN), the RR team can provide information on the WARN process.

The RR team can also provide Information Sessions to help laid off workers navigate:

  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Health care options
  • Trade Act
  • Regional Business Services
  • WorkSource Rogue Valley (WSRV) services (help with resumes, interviewing and more)
  • Training opportunities (WSRV and RCC)
  • Collaboration with union representatives for union-affected workers

Programs and services can also include exploring options and finding opportunities to help find employment or connecting with job training and education options.

To request assistance and more information, scroll down to “Request more Rapid Response Information“.

Download the Rogue Valley Rapid Response Team flyer, click HERE.

Employer Request for More Rapid Response Information

To request help as an Employer, complete the form below, (to see a full screen form click HERE).  You can also call or e-mail (see contacts below the online form).

Rogue Valley Rapid Response Team:

Jill teVelde 541-842-2582 or
Greg Thweatt 541-842-2621 or