In Wisconsin

Workforce Training Grants

Workforce Training Grants

Improving Work Skills Through Job Training

Wisconsin provides Workforce Training Grants to assist businesses in workforce retention and expansion into new markets and technology. The program provides grant funds to businesses to upgrade or improve the job-related skills of their full-time employees. Grant funds may be approved for eligible training provided to existing and new employees in full-time jobs.

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How It Works

Any business making a firm commitment to locate a new facility in Wisconsin or expand an existing facility within the state and is upgrading a product, process or service that requires training in new technology and industrial skills is eligible for a Training Grant.

Eligibility Factors

WEDC considers a number of factors, including, but not limited to:

  • Number of full-time employees to be trained
  • Training shall be related to a specific project
  • Whether the project might not occur without the WEDC training grant
  • The extent to which the project will be financed with other forms of public assistance
  • The extent to which the project will contribute to the job growth, job retention and economic growth of this state
  • The financial soundness of the business

Ineligible Businesses

The following businesses are ineligible for training grant funds, unless extraordinary circumstances exist, including but not limited to a serious threat of a business leaving the state, significant job creation or retention, or significant capital investment, subject to approval:

  • Payday loan and title companies
  • Telemarketing, other than inbound call centers
  • Pawn shops
  • Media outlets
  • Retail
  • Farms
  • Primary care medical facilities
  • Financial institutions
  • The hospitality industry

For more information on Workforce Training Grants, contact your WEDC regional economic development director.