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.

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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:

  • Training shall be related to a specific project
  • The extent to which the project will retain or increase employment in this state
  • The extent to which the project will contribute to the economic growth of this state
  • Whether the project will be located in an economically distressed area
  • Whether the project will be located in a rural area
  • The financial soundness of the business
  • Any previuos financial assistance that the business received from the Department of Commerce or the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

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.

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