State Grants

Organizations of every stripe and from every sector of the economy are increasingly turning to state agencies as a vehicle to help finance employee training. To this end, Educapro is here to help your organization sort through the maze of procurement. Although training grant programs and goals vary from state to state, they all share one overriding objective: to raise the productivity, competitiveness and incomes of businesses and workers by providing them with the skills needed to compete in today’s complex and ever-changing local and global economy.


Manystate training funds are financed by taxes on the businesses themselves, but they may also be based on federal subsidies and, Screenshot_12less often, on philanthropy. In general, state training agencies and funds serve to:


a)       bring various sources of financing together for maximum efficiency and effectiveness

b)       Increase the amount of resources that are available for training

c)       allocate the training grants in line with national and state policies and priorities.


Educapro’s Training Grant Procurement Service:

When it comes to training grant procurement, here is what we can do for you:

  1. Inform you about any current or upcoming programs that may be suitable for your training goals.
  2. Using our award-winning Stratety™ training evaluation platform, we will conduct a rigorous pre-training needs analysis with each and every individual to be trained.
  3. We will write a grant proposal using the results obtained from the Stratety™ pre-training evaluation.
  4. We will submit the grant and follow up with the government agency as needed until the grant is approved.
  5. We will deliver the training your organization needs.
  6. We will submit all monitoring and compliance documents as required by the granting agency.
  7. We will evaluate the training using the Stratety™ platform and issue a final report of before and after training to measure Return on Investment.


Contrary to popular conception, most training funds have multiple objectives. Among these objectives are: bringing together resources from various origins, systematizing the allocation of the grants, building training capacities, increasing the depth and breadth of business learning, providing access to training by disadvantaged individuals, improving the quality of training, using grant monies efficiently and developing training options.


Take, by way of example, the California Employment Training Panel:*

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) was established in1982 and since its conception has been established as the state’s premier program supporting job creation and retention through workforce training. Principally funded through the California Employment Training Tax, the ETP is a performance-based statewide workforce training and economic development program which supports California’s economy by providing financial assistance to California businesses in support of customized worker training for new and existing employees.Ongoing investment in employee training helps California businesses stay competitive, productive, and profitable while supporting the creation and retention of high-wage, high-skilled, secure jobs in industries that have the greatest positive impact on California’s economy. Since many employers are limited in their capacity to allocate resources for training, the ETP program helps fill this gap.

Program Overview

• ETP targets firms threatened by out-of-state competition or that compete in the global economy.

• For incumbent worker training, employers contribute to the cost of training.

• Additional incentives are provided to assist small businesses and employers in high unemployment areas of the state.California ETP

• Partnerships allow the ETP to provide funds from alternative sources for industry specific training programs.

• Employment Training Funds may be used to support employer-customized job-specific training delivered to full-time employees.

• Training may be delivered by any combination of internal and/or external training providers.


Why the ETP Funding Works

• Employers make decisions about their training program.

• Training Investments help companies become more profitable locally and globally.

• Employers are encouraged to assume greater responsibility for training.

• Performance-based contracting helps to ensure success.

• ETP funding is a catalyst for future workforce training.

* Source: Click here


Another example is the Massachusetts Workforce Training Program(WFTP):

The Massachusetts Workforce Training Program allots $18 million annually for Workforce Training Grants. Their “GeneralProgram” is for companies that want to train their current employees. Grants received from the General Program can be anywhere from $2,000 to $250,000. See a list of recent grant recipients and the training for which they received funding here.


Every state has some sort of employee development program that awards grants. Following is a list of state agencies that fund employee training initiatives and some basic information about each of them. Educapro has national and international experience in government grant procurement. Contact us if you have questions about any of these agencies and the programs for which your organization or wokers may qualify:





  • Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development:
  • State Training and Employment Program (STEP) has funding available for grants to provide or improve access to job trainingand employment assistance services, including registered apprenticeship programs Priority industries: Health Care, Construction, Information Technology, Education, Natural Resource
  • Alaska Job Center Network:
  • Employers can develop their workforce by contacting the community Workforce Board.  Options vary depending upon your location.
  • Alaska’s Job Centers across the state have a number of programs to help employers develop a skilled workforce. From time to time the Division also offers specialized funding to help employers with specific workforce development needs.





  • Arizona Department of Commerce
  • Arizona Job Training Program: The Incumbent Program can reimburse employers up to a maximum of 50% of allowable training costs. To meet the budget shortfall, this program is currently on hold until further notice




  • Workforce and Economic Division of Gateway Technical CollegeScreenshot_17<br />
    Employer Training Assistance Program for Manufacturing grant pays up to 75% of the fees for tuition, books, software, supplies, and online courses for specific manufacturing skills training
  • Arkansas Economic Development Commission
    Existing Workforce Training Program will pay for upgrading the skills of the existing workforce.
  • Business and Industry Training Program
    Provides training assistance for existing businesses with new technology needs




Special Employment Training Projects
Funding for training populations with multiple barriers to employment, including disability-based barriers







  • Economic Development Office (DEDO)Screenshot_20
    Blue Collar Training Grants: funding available for customized training programs provided by Delaware businesses for upgrading skills of existing employees and/or retaining incumbent employees
    Delaware Strategic Fund: funding may be available as grants for employers that use training to “maintain, diversify, or expand” business or industryy






  • Technical College System of Georgia:
  • Quick Start Program provides free training to existing businesses and employers wanting to increase their technological development.
  • Georgia Work Ready:
  • Incumbent Worker Training Grants reimburse employers’ training costs for any type of training of the company’s choice.


  • Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Workforce Development Division:
  • Employment and Training Fund (ETF) Grant (“Macro”) Program: provides grants for existing employers who develop and provide “cutting edge” training programs for existing employees.
  • Employment and Training Fund (ETF) Grant (“Micro”) Program: funding available for 50% of the cost of training for each employee referred by his/her employer to an approved training provider; training available in business, computer skills, health, management, medical training, and soft skills.
  • The Hawaiian government might be suspending funds for these grants.
  • Workforce Development Council:
  • Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Sector Training Grants are available for employers (and others) that undertake a “substantial investment” in training for employees that need updated skills in energy occupations








  • Iowa Workforce Development:Screenshot_28
    • Layoff Aversion Project Business Engagement and Worker Training: provides funds to employers who train incumbent workers that they have determined need raining to avoid layoffs, upgrade workers skills, increase wages, and/or keep the employer competitive


  • Kansas Department of Commerce:
  • Kansas Industrial Training Grant (KIT): Designed to help new and expanding companies offset the costs of training workers Screenshot_29for new jobs. The grant pays for trainer wages/training expenses,
  • Kansas Industrial Retraining Grant (KIR):Designed to assist companies who are restructuring business operations or retraining existing workers. Companies must match funds dollar for dollar and show that employees trained are likely to be displaced because of obsolete or inadequate job skills and knowledge.
  • Registered Apprenticeship: Grant funds available for partial/full reimbursements of related technical instruction costs in energy and advanced manufacturing industries. Can be utilized as a retention tool for new or existing employees.
  • Incumbent Worker Training Program: Provides grants funded by the Federal Workforce Investment Act to employers to assist with certain expenses associated with skills upgrade training for full-time employees of the company.


  • Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BDDC):Screenshot_30
  • The Grant-in-Aid Program administers industry-specific training efforts through grants approved by the BSSC Board of
    Directors to facilitate and fund new training programs. The BSSC has the following programs available to meet a company’s workforce training needs: Competitive Grant-in-Aid (GIA) and; Competitive Grant-in-Aid (Consortia). Maximum funding by the number of employees is $25,000 (1-499) and $50,000 (500 plus). The Consortia maximum is $75,000.


  • Louisiana Workforce Commission:
  • The Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) Customized Training is designed to benefit business and industry by Screenshot_31assisting in the skill development of existing employees and in the retention of jobs that otherwise may have been eliminated. Businesses must have been in the state for at least three years, and must have at least 15 employees to be trained.
  • Small Business Employee Training (SBET) Program:  is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees with fifty or fewer employees through individual, standardized (off-the shelf) training in a labor demand occupations. Employers are reimbursed for tuition and required textbooks and manuals up to $3000 per trainee once the training has been completed.




  • Baltimore County Department of Economic Development:
  • Maryland Industrial Training Program (MITP) addresses the need for industrial training assistance programs to retain or assist in the expansion of existing industries. It provides training assistance to companies that are either newly locating to Screenshot_33the state or are expanding current employment. The program provides grant assistance to reimburse companies for costs associated with new workforce development and training activities.
  • Partnership for Workforce Quality (PWQ): provides matching skill upgrade training grants and support services targeted to improve the competitive position of small and midsize manufacturing and technology companies. PWQ matching grants are made directly to companies as well as through a number of manufacturing, software industry, and ISO 9000 consortia programs.
  • Eligibility Criteria for MITP and PWQ: Maryland companies that operate under the provision of Maryland law in both the for-profit and non-profit private sector employers. Priority focus areas include businesses with 50 employees or less.


  • Labor and Workforce Department:
  • Workforce Training Fund Grants: Three types of grants are offered under the program to train current and newly hired Screenshot_34employees. Express – available only to small businesses (less than 50 employees); General – available to employers, employer organizations, labor organizations, and employer training providers; HITG – limited grant amounts available to all businesses)
  • Massachusetts Workforce Board Association:
  • Workforce Competitiveness Fund: Provides funding for training to “critical industry sectors”.




  • Department of Employment and Economic Development:
  • The Special Incumbent Worker Training Program focuses on providing opportunities for existing workers to gain new skills that businesses and industries are demanding. Due to funding restrictions, this program is not currently available.
  • The Partnership Program focuses on providing training for both new and existing employees of participating businesses.Screenshot_36
  • The Pathways Program focuses on providing training and career paths for people who have incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
  • The Low-Income Worker Training Program focuses helps workers whose incomes are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines gain new skills necessary to move up the career ladder to higher paying jobs.
  • Healthcare and Human Services Training Program focuses on providing training for both new and existing employees of participating businesses.


  • Mississippi Development Authority:
  • Workforce Enhancement Training Fund Customized Training grant provides funds to employers that seek customized Screenshot_37training for its existing workforce

Workforce Enhancement Training Fund Industry-Based Training reimburses employers up to $35 per hour of training unavailable to the employer at Mississippi Community Colleges.



  • Department of Economic Development:
  • Customized Training Program: Funds available to train incumbent workers where a business has needs as a result of Screenshot_38“substantial capital investment”
  • Missouri Community College Job Retention Training Program
  • Provides funding for specialized training, basic adult education, on-the-job training, or occupational skill training
  • Application restricted to manufacturing, processing, assembling, or research and development companies that can verify that jobs are at risk







New Hampshire

  • Workforce Opportunity Council, Inc.:=
  • New Hampshire Job Training Fund provides grants to private businesses Screenshot_42who train employees (primarily at local community colleges) in many substantive areas.

New Jersey

  • Department of Labor & Workforce Development:
  • Customized Training Program grants: General training grants to allow employers to invest in skills development for New Jersey employees.Screenshot_43
  • New Jersey Taking Care of Business:
  • Workforce Training Grants: Available to employers to support occupational safety and health training, basic literacy skills, and customized trainings for more advanced skills

New Mexico

  • New Mexico Economic Development Department:
  • Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) funds 50 to 70 percent of classroom and on-the-job-training forScreenshot_44 newly created jobs in expanding or relocating businesses for up to six months.

New York

  • New York State Department of Labor, Economic Development Services:
    • Federal Bonding Program:  Provides fidelity bonding to employers who hire at-risk workers. The program will pay for fidelity bonding for the first six months of employment.
    • On the Job Training/National Emergency Grant (OJT/NEG): Encourages businesses to hire workers who have been Screenshot_45unemployed and dislocated. Pays up to 90% of training costs.
    • Work Opportunity Tax Credit:  Provides tax credits who hire people in specific targeted groups such as veterans and ex-felons.
    • Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit: Gives employers $2,100 for every person with a disability they hire.
    • NY Youth Works: Provides tax credits for employes who hire unemployed, disadvantaged youth. Allows youths to earn up to $900 toward the cost of traing with a NY Youth Works provider. Awards up to $300,000 to placement/training providers.

North Carolina


North Dakota



  • Department of Development:Screenshot_48
  • Ohio Workforce Guarantee Program (OWG): Provides financial support to Ohio employers for training by the company or a private training provider






  • Customized Job Training (CJT) grants support up to 75% of specialized job training for PA employees.
  • Guaranteed Free Training Program funds basic skills training or advanced information technology training or advanced Screenshot_51applied manufacturing subjects for employees of new or expanding businesses
  • Opportunity Grant Program: A job preservation program that supports multiple business expenses, including job training
  • Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry:
  • The Independence Capital Access Network Fund: funds a variety of employer expenses related to employing people with disabilities, including specialized training.

Rhode Island

  • Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island Grant Awards:Screenshot_52
  • Adult Education Innovation Grants:  grants provided to employers  who improve skills of their existing workforce
  • Comprehensive Worker Training Grants: Grants awarded to “high-wage industries” for training staff
  • Workforce Expansion Grants: Granted to newly formed or expanding business in Rhode Island to “elevate the skill level” of newly hired employees. Employer is required to maintain employment levels for 18 months after the grant expires.

South Carolina

  • South Carolina Commerce Workforce:
  • Registered Apprenticeship Program: Provides training funds for apprenticeships for existing employees in seven high-demand industries in the stateScreenshot_53
  • South Carolina  Department of Commerce, Workforce Division Training Programs:
  • Incumbent Worker Training provides up to 100% grant for incumbent worker training when an employer introduces a new product or technology
  • Customized Training provides grants between 50% and 75% of the cost of specialized training necessary for an employer or group of employers to train incumbent workers

South Dakota



  • Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development:Screenshot_55
  • Incumbent Worker Training Program: Grants for employers for training programs that assist retention by upgrading existing employees’ skills.
  • Department of Labor and Workforce Development:
  • On-the-Job Training: Employers training and retaining existing employees are paid up to half of the wages paid to workers during a six month period






  • Department of Labor:
  • Vermont Workforce Training Fund offers grants to employers that offer training or collaborate with public or privateScreenshot_58 organizations that provide training.
  • Department of Economic Development:
  • Vermont Training Program provides financial assistance for employee training programs for new or existing business in targeted sectors.





  • Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges:
  • Job Skills Program Grants up to 50% of training costs provided to employers that take advantage of Screenshot_60training opportunities at Washington state technical and community colleges for training existing employees.
  • Employment Security Department:
  • On-the-job training wage subsidies: Provides wage subsidies for recently hired employees that are retained for at least a year after necessary skills trainings are provided

West Virginia



  • Wisconsin Department of Commerce:
  • Business Employee’s Skills Training (BEST): Up to 75% of costs incurred to train full-time employees for Wisconsin employers with less than 25 employees in ten specified industriesScreenshot_62
  • Customized Labor Training Program (CLT): Up to 50% of training costs incurred by employers in training existing employees skills related to new technologies






Educapro’sTraining Grant Procurement Solutions:

Here is what we will do for you:

  1. Inform you about any current or upcoming programs that may be suitable for your training goals.
  2. Using our award-winning Stratety™ training evaluation platform, we will conduct a rigorous pre-training needs analysis with each and every individual to be trained.
  3. We will write a grant proposal using the results obtained from the Stratety™ pre-training evaluation.
  4. We will submit the grant and follow up with the government agency as needed until the grant is approved.
  5. We will deliver the training your organization needs.
  6. We will submit all monitoring and compliance documents as required by the granting agency.
  7. We will evaluate the training using the Stratety™ platform and issue a final report of before and after training to measure Return on Investment.

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