How it Works
Eligible employers may apply for grants of $5,000 for each new hire who meets the HITG program requirements. Employers may receive up to $75,000 each calendar year. Once approved, payment will be available to the employer once the new hire has retained employment for at least 120 days. At a minimum, a "New Hire Trainee" must earn $2,500 (gross earnings) during the 120 day retention period.
Employers: To qualify for HITG, employers must meet the following requirements:
- Must be in good standing with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue;
- Must be current with all obligations to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including but not limited to Unemployment Insurance payments and Workers Compensation coverage requirements;
- Must not be a unit of local, state, or federal government;
- Must not be debarred from doing business with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the Federal Government; AND
- Must contribute to the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund. (Please Note: All for-profit companies and some non-profit organizations contribute to the WTF. To confirm eligibility, please contact us using the information below.)
Employee (“New Hire Trainee”): To qualify for HITG, new hires must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a Massachusetts resident;
- Must be a new employee on company payroll (Please note: Workers employed by a third party, such as a staffing firm are not eligible. Self-employed individuals or contractors are not eligible. Additional restrictions may apply to seasonal workers.);
- Must not be a company owner (full or partial) or a relative of any owners of the company; AND
- Must be either:
- Any Massachusetts resident who has been unemployed for at least 6 months prior to the start of employment, OR
- A Massachusetts resident who is a military veteran who has been honorably discharged, regardless of length of unemployment (DD214 required);
How to Apply
- Complete an online application no later than 30 days after the new hire start date.
- Submit a New Hire Trainee Eligibility Form from each new-hire hire once the online application is completed.
- Submit all required documentation including:
- A Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (sample) (must be less than 6 months old).
- If applicable, a copy of the employee’s DD-214 (Military Service Record) indicating honorable discharge.
- Once an application is approved a form will be provided to document retention and request payment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Grant awards and amount are subject to funding availability. Information provided above seeks to summarize important information. Additional guidelines, restrictions and requirements may apply.
Additional Information & Assistance
If you have any questions about the HITG program or application process, please contact:
Workforce Training Fund Program
2 Oliver Street, 5th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02109