• 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.

    Eligibility Requirements

    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

    1. Complete an online application no later than 30 days after the new hire start date.
    2. Submit a New Hire Trainee Eligibility Form from each new-hire hire once the online application is completed.
    3. Submit all required documentation including:
      1. A Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (sample) (must be less than 6 months old).
      2. If applicable, a copy of the employee’s DD-214 (Military Service Record) indicating honorable discharge.
    4. Once an application is approved a form will be provided to document retention and request payment.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    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:

    HITG Program    
    Workforce Training Fund Program
    Commonwealth Corporation
    2 Oliver Street, 5th Floor
    Boston, Massachusetts 02109
    (617) 717-6912