Two General Program grants are available:
- Training Grants: Training grants are direct grants awarded competitively to employers, employer organizations, labor organizations, training providers, or a consortium of such entities, to train current and newly hired workers. The maximum amount of a training grant is $250,000. Applications for amounts greater than $250,000 will not be accepted.
- Technical Assistance Grants: Technical assistance grants are grants to help an employer, or a group of employers or employees, determine a set of training needs. Eligible applicants for technical assistance grants include industry associations, labor organizations, community colleges, administrative entities for local workforce investment areas, and other entities with expertise in providing technical assistance for training. The maximum amount of a technical assistance grant is $25,000.
- Priority will be given to applications focused on employee skills attainment and achievement of transferable and measurable skills.
- Organizations, whether for-profit or non-profit, benefiting from training or technical assistance grants must pay into the Workforce Training Fund.
- Companies of any size are eligible to apply.
- All trainees must be employed in Massachusetts. (They are not required to live in the state)
- Grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the applicant and its partners, if any. The match can be cash or in-kind.
- All trainees must be paid at their regular rate during training.
- Employers who are minority or female-owned enterprises registered with the State Office of Women and Minority Business Assistance are encouraged to apply.
- Employers are encouraged to apply for training or technical assistance grants focusing on adult basic education (ABE) and/or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).
- Employers may use a training provider of their choice.
- Applicants should negotiate the costs of instruction and related training materials with training vendors to ensure that proposed costs are reasonable and necessary.
- General Program award recipients will not be considered for new grants until two years have elapsed from the completion of training funded by prior grants.
- Training programs must be completed within two years. Technical assistance projects are not expected to exceed six months.
- Applications that do not meet the technical requirements (e.g. incomplete application or missing documentation) will not be accepted.
- Applications for training grants will not be approved if the training provider has within the last 2 calendar years immediately prior to filing the grant application rendered financial services to the applicant. Such financial services include, but are not limited to, auditing, accounting and tax preparation.
- Workforce Training Fund administrators may perform post-training analysis of training funded by the Workforce Training Fund to analyze effectiveness and methodology. Grantees may be required to provide information including, but not limited to participant-level data. Grantees will be notified in advance of information requests and will be given sufficient time to provide available information.