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Grants to Nebraska Employers and Labor
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Grants to Nebraska employers and labor organizations for workforce training and development programs. Funding is intended to expand the state’s skilled labor pool and workforce through projects that recruit, train, and upgrade skills for workers while building productivity.

Worker Training Grant Program

This Program is designed to support the retraining and upgrading of existing workers, currently employed in, or being trained for, high quality, long term jobs that enhance business productivity.

Grants are directed to paying tuition and fees, preferably to established, certified, accredited, licensed Nebraska Training Providers.

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).


In accordance with Nebraska Revised Statutes §48-622.02 and 48-622.03, the Nebraska Worker Training and Support Cash Fund may be used to provide training opportunities that:

  • Expand the Nebraska workforce by increasing the pool of highly skilled workers in Nebraska;
  • Support public and private job training programs designed to train, retrain, or upgrade work skills of existing Nebraska workers employed by for-profit and not-for-profit businesses;
  • Recruit workers to Nebraska; and
  • Train new employees of expanding Nebraska businesses.

Special Training and Commissioner Designated Grants:

  • Up to 20 percent of grant funds available for award each year may be for special employment and training projects and apprenticeship training programs.
    • For further information please see page 2 of the Guidelines available in Supporting Documents below.
  • Twenty percent of the annually available training funds for funding grant awards shall be reserved for training initiatives designated by the Commissioner that provide significant economic benefits to a region or the state.
  • The Commissioner may recommend an award of more than 20% in either of these categories as long as the total amount awarded under this section does not exceed 40% of the grant funds available for award.

Allowable Costs

Costs related to direct training may include:

  • Tuition and Fees,
  • Books and classroom materials,
  • Rental costs during the term of the project,
  • Reasonable pre- and post-training participant costs for the purchase of approved curricula specified in the applicant’s training plan if there is not already a course offering at a convenient public education institution for which the grant is paying tuition and fees,
  • Costs of curriculum design,
  • Wages, salaries and reasonable benefits for instructors and instructional aides,
  • The purchase or construction of a specialized facility or equipment for use in the training specified in the grant application,
  • In the case of apprenticeship training programs provided by a labor organization to its members, if the training program involves at least six hours of training in a single calendar day, a training stipend for each trainee in an amount not to exceed one fifth of the maximum weekly unemployment benefit amount available on the date of application (as determined in accordance with Neb. Rev. Stat. §48-624) for each day the worker attends the apprenticeship training program, and
  • Other reasonable cost related directly to the training provided.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178566

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Employers, labor organizations, and other entities providing an apprenticeship training program may apply for a worker training grant.

Eligibility requirements:
Employer must be current on all combined taxes and quarterly wage reports with the Nebraska Department of Labor under the Nebraska Employment Security Law. Failure to pay taxes or report wages may result in revocation of an award.

Training must be for a high wage, high skill and high demand (H3) occupation in the employer’s Nebraska Economic Development Region (Panhandle, Sandhills, Northeast, Mid Plains, Central, Grand Island MSA, Southeast, Lincoln MSA, and Omaha Consortium).
- H3 occupation status must be confirmed by the H3 Report generator available at

Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §§4-108 through 4-114, each person or entity making application for a training grant shall certify in a format approved by the Department of Administrative Services that he/she is a citizen of the United States or a qualified alien and that all workers to be trained under the grant are citizens of the United States or qualified aliens.

Except as provided in Allowable Costs above or for good cause shown as determined by the Commissioner, reimbursement for costs related to direct training may not include:
- The lease, rental, purchase or construction of facilities;
- The purchase of capital equipment;
- Salaries, wages, or benefits paid to personnel trained, or personnel assigned to manage or report on the project or grant award;
- Costs incurred for the preparation of an application;
- Costs incurred prior to the submission of the application

Pre-Application Information:

The Worker Training Board has set its tentative schedule for 2021:

First quarter grant applications: Deadline 12/31/20; The Board will meet 1/26/21.
Second quarter applications: Deadline 3/31/21; The Board will meet 4/27/21.
Third quarter applications: Deadline 6/30/21; The Board will meet 7/27/21.
Fourth quarter applications: Deadline 9/30/21; The Board will meet 10/26/21.

All applications must be submitted electronically.

An employer may apply for more than one grant during a quarter, but must create a separate application for each training program. If multiple projects are included on the same application, the application will be denied.

The grant award reimbursement request shall be submitted to the Department within 45 days after the date of completion of the project, or an identifiable, separate and divisible portion of the training program is completed.

Contact Information:

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

Application Form:

(402) 471-9977

Worker Training Program Office
Steve Porr, Program Coordinator
550 South 16th Street
Lincoln, NE 68509-4600
W 402.471-9977
FAX 402.471-2022

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