Applying for a Training Grant
by Tom McBride, Partners for Creative Solutions, Inc.
You may think that applying for any grant may be a waste of time, but this has
not been our experience when helping employers
obtain training grants in most
states. While our experience is
with training programs like lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and continuous
improvement, we have observed similar results for other topics.
This article provides an overview of the Massachusetts
Workforce Training Fund where a well-written application with a solid training
plan has an excellent chance of approval. For
complete details see the official web page at www.mass.gov.
Financed entirely by
employers, the fundís mission
is to provide applicants with resources to improve employee skills and to
maintain the economic strength and viability of the Commonwealth's businesses. To
be eligible, organizations must pay into the Workforce Training Fund, and
trainees must be employed in
must be job specific, but there are few restrictions on how or when the training
occurs. In fact, combinations of
classroom and hands-on training that result in workplace improvements (kaizens)
have routinely been funded. However,
training designed exclusively to meet a legal mandate, such as OSHA training, is
highlights of the three types of
training grant programs.
employer or labor organizations, and training providers of any size|
grant is $250,000 (some exceptions)|
anytime for grants under $50,000|
deadlines are published for larger grant amounts|
select training provider(s) of their choice|
must be matched at least 50% by applicant, in cash or in kind|
must be completed within 24 months|
Incentive Training Grants provide up to $2,000 per employee and $30,000 a
year per company to assist with new hire training costs. Trainees must be
residents who have been unemployed over a year or have no call back date from
their last employer.
If you would like information on how to apply for a training grant in any state,
contact the author at (508) 845-1546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.