Worker Training Program

Grants to Nebraska Businesses to Enhance Employee
Retraining and Improve Business Productivity

GrantWatch ID#: 178566
Agency Type:


Nebraska Department of Labor


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Grants to Nebraska businesses for programs that will enhance the retraining and advancement of current workers who are employed in, or in the process of being trained for stable, high-quality jobs that will improve business capacity. Funding may be used towards fees and tuition, preferably to established, certified, accredited or licensed Nebraska training providers. Training projects may be classroom, laboratory, on the job, workplace, or work center based.

Any instructional materials purchased for the training project must remain publicly accessible and the funding source would ask you to share any "lessons learned". The goal of the program will be to broaden the state’s skill pool with training projects that help build productivity, enhance earning capacity, and job security. Training is central to preparing Nebraskans to excel in the workplace and in marketplace today and in the future.

The Program is intended to add to, not replace, training dollars equal to what you spent last year, and the year before (two year average). Individual businesses decide the type of training needed and how long the training project will take. Companies also decide who will provide training.

Priority shall be given to projects which:

1) Provide retraining for workers in occupations that pay 100 percent of the state or regional average hourly wage.

2) Encouraging the development of new industries, including advanced technology industries which contribute to high-skilled, high-wage, high demand employment and economic vitality of Nebraska.

3) Support efforts that address the training and employment of workers in industries offering opportunities for increased employment opportunities and avoid possible adverse impacts on future employment opportunities offered by the employer.

4) Support an employer’s diversification of its product line and the production of new goods or services which will improve the employer's competitive position within the industry.

5) Provide training in manufacturing techniques or skills needed in manufacturing which are in short supply.

6) Provide for the provision of matching funds, as determined in accordance with Paragraph VIII below, in an amount at least equal to the total amount provided by the grant and apprenticeship training programs by the employer or employers benefiting from the project.

The amount of grant funding available quarterly is distributed on the basis of size of firm, type of industry, geographic location, and demand occupations that broaden the skill pool and benefit the local and state economy.

The length of time for a specific project is determined by the employer. Projects have been proposed which range from three days to two years. The Program cannot ensure ongoing funding for multi-year projects but employers may resubmit Applications for additional funding or prioritize and submit component part of an overall project.

All established, Nebraska, for-profit businesses that contribute to the State Unemployment Insurance Trust (SUIT) fund are eligible.

Reimbursable employers to the state Unemployment System may participate if partnered in a consortium with contributory employers, with a significant percentage of those being trained coming from contributory employers.

The Program will not reimburse: past training costs incurred prior to application, mandatory or required training, constructing buildings, purchasing equipment or paying your or employees wages or salaries.

Instructional materials purchased for the training project are considered public property and must remain publicly accessible.

Minimum employer matching funds should be at least equal to the amount of funding requested. Matching funds greater than 1:1 (2:1, 3:1, 4:1 etc.) display a commitment to training. Wages paid, space rental or equipment used may be considered as an in-kind (matching) contribution.

First quarter grant applications: Deadline 12/31/16 - The Board will meet 1/25/17.
Second quarter applications: Deadline 3/31/17 - The Board will meet 4/26/17.
Third quarter applications: Deadline 6/30/17 - The Board will meet 7/26/17.
Fourth quarter applications: Deadline 9/30/17 - The Board will meet 10/25/17.

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

To apply:

Worker Training Program Office
Steve Porr, Program Coordinator
550 South 16th Street
Lincoln, NE 68509-4600

Phone: 402-471-9977
Fax: 402-471-2022

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