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Customized Training Grant Program

Grants to New York City Businesses
for Workforce Training Programs

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NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS)

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Grants starting at $30,000 to New York City businesses for workforce training programs. Applicants must submit a pre-application form in advance of a full application. Funding is intended to support training on recent software and equipment purchases; training to update skills to increase business competitiveness; training to offer new products and services for new markets; and training in new skills geared for hard-to-fill positions.

With financial support, business applicants can afford training programs that can impact a business’s bottom line, reduce employee turnover, create good morale, promote an efficient and productive workforce, and increase a business’s competitiveness in the marketplace.

Businesses select the training(s) that meet their needs and the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) reimburses up to 60% of the total costs for training. 

Lean manufacturing training and English as a Second Language are eligible for funding.

Reimbursable training costs include:

  •  Training tuition/registration
  •  Instructor/trainer wages (if not included in the tuition)
  •  Books/training materials
  •  External space rental

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163216

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $30,000-$400,000.

Term of Contract:

Employees can take different trainings. Proposed training must be completed within one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grant program helps for-profit, NYC-based businesses.

Businesses must be for-profit, operating for at least one year, and able to pay for training upfront.

Applicants must propose to train a minimum of 10 employees. Trainees enrolled in different types of training may be included in the same proposal. Businesses with less than 10 employees can apply jointly as a consortium application to meet the trainee requirement. Please contact the funding source staff for more information on applying as a consortium.

Employees trained must meet the following eligibility criteria:

- Earn less than $76,630/year prior to start of training. (Calculated salary must include tips, commissions, and bonuses.)
- Be employed at a worksite located in New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island)
- Receive a W-2 by the end of training
- Receive a wage increase as a direct result of training
- Work a minimum of 30 hours/week by the end of training

In most circumstances non-profits and publicly-funded organizations are ineligible to receive funds for Customized Training.

Not funded:

- Employee or trainer travel, lodging, and/or food
- Equipment or software
- Capital improvements
- Costs incurred prior to the contract start date

Pre-Application Information:


Pre-Application Submission Dates
- April 17, 2020: Grant notification date is June 6, 2020
- July 17, 2020: Grant notification date is September 7, 2020
- October 16, 2020: rant notification date is December 7, 2020

The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) staff will notify you about the status of your application within one week after the board meeting.

How To Apply:

1. Submit a pre-application (also known as the eligibility checklist) to determine if your business is eligible. This should take approximately 3-5 minutes.
2. Staff will schedule a screening call within one week to review your pre-application, discuss eligibility, and learn more about your business and employee training goals.
3. Submit a final application prior to one of the deadlines.

Applicants must propose to train a minimum of 10 employees. Trainees enrolled in different types of training may be included in the same proposal.

Customized Training is a reimbursable grant program. Businesses pay for training costs upfront and get reimbursed 50-60% of the training costs on a quarterly basis.

Determine if your business is eligible:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit the Customized Training Pre-Application:

For questions, please use the contact form at

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