Training Grants

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Training grants are available through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for preparing the American workforce for new and better jobs and ensuring the adequacy of America’s workplaces. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) supports the U.S. labor market by providing employment, labor market information, high quality job training and income maintenance services primarily through state and local workforce development systems. Training grants are generally available to companies that are creating a specific number of jobs, investing in certain skills training and/or creating job growth or retaining jobs in certain geographic areas. The federal government and many state and local governments offer training grants and tax credits related to training or re-training.

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment.

There are a variety of training grants programs including WIA Adults, Youth, and Dislocated Worker Activities, Employment Service, Reemployment Services, Workforce Information Grants, and Work Opportunity Tax Credit. See for Federal Register and TEGL publication information and for additional information on allotment formulas and data factors. For corporate training on training grants contact USGG. Our team of grant writers have collectively won more than $450 million in grants for our clients, and many included funding for training.

OSHA awards grants on a competitive basis through its Susan Harwood Training Grants Program. Training grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations to provide training and education programs or to develop training materials for employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces. OSHA selects the safety and health topics and holds a national competition to award grants in two different categories:

  • Targeted Topic Training Category Grants

  • Training Materials Development Category Grants

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