Retraining Grants

Retraining grants are normally granted to increase the flexibility and effective use of unemployed or underemployed workers, but are not given to individuals seeking help with retraining. If you are an individual seeking financial assistance through retraining grants, the best place to start is with a local community college, vocational rehabilitation agency, or local labor union.

Private foundations, local, state and federal agencies offer retraining grants to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and labor unions or national associations to train veterans, health care workers, dancers, professionals, academia, factory workers, employees in the skilled trades, and others. The federal government offers retraining grants through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as through many other agencies.

While retraining grants are not a big source of funding by private and corporate foundations, retraining grants have been awarded by foundations such as the Engelberg Foundation, Wachovia Foundation, Tenet Healthcare Foundation, Schwartz Foundation, SBC Foundation, Robbins Foundation, Public Welfare Foundation, Newhouse Foundation, Morgan Chase Foundation, and Knight Foundation. Foundations giving the most in retraining grants include Gifts In Kind International, Irvine Foundation, SBC Foundation, and Sisters of Charity Foundation.

A few of the organizations that have received retraining grants include Career Transitions for Dancers in New York, Professionals in Transition in North Carolina, Advance Retraining and Redevelopment Initiative in Border Areas in Texas, Operation ABLE in Michigan, Salvation Army of Martinsville, Virginia and the Private Industry Council of Centre County, Pennsylvania.

USGG grant writing workshops focus on the process for writing successful grant proposals – including proposals for retraining grants. Beverly Santicola, President of USGG, has extensive experience in workforce development projects and knows the secrets to success in applying for retraining grants. USGG Grant Writing Courses are unique, unlike any other in the country. Most college, university and association courses cover things such as the history of philanthropy, terminology, fundraising ethics, strategic planning, volunteers and staffing, planned giving, and facts and figures of who gives and why.

In contrast, USGG Grant Writing Courses provide the “nuts and bolts” for putting together a successful grant proposal. We focus more on how to write a good problem statement – the area in which most grant proposals fail – and how to have 90% of your grant proposal done before you begin. Specific ideas for wording the problem statement, goal statement, project objectives, and evaluation are provided. Students learn exactly how to write diversity statements, capability statements, and statements on how the project will affect social change. Methodologies for evaluating grant proposals, along with tools for budgeting, and increasing community collaboration are just a few of the highly acclaimed grant writing course contents.

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