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Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG)

Grants to Montana Businesses and Health Care
Providers to Train Workers and Create Jobs

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Montana Department of Commerce - Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development

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Grants to Montana for-profit businesses and nonprofit health care providers for employee training. Recipients will use funds to train employees with the goal of filling new part-time and full-time jobs within the primary sector. This program is intended to provide an essential job training incentive for new businesses to locate in Montana.

Additionally, this provides existing primary sector businesses with essential support to train employees in new jobs that allow the businesses to expand in Montana without leaving the state.

This program supports training activities that will result in tangible, measurable results involving employees working in the businesses that are receiving assistance. Full-time is defined as a predominantly year-round job requiring an average of 35 hours of work each week. Part-time is defined as a predominantly year-round job requiring an average of 25 to 34 hours of work each week.

In order for an eligible primary sector business to apply for a job training grant, the primary sector business shall also meet all of the following conditions:

-Create at least one net new job in Montana;

-Pay trainees at least the average weekly wage that meets or exceeds the lesser of 170% of Montana’s current minimum wage or the current average weekly wage of the county, in which the employees are to be principally employed, providing the minimum wage requirements are met. The value of employee benefits may be considered in calculating the average wage. Typically, eligible benefits are those benefits not required by state or federal law, except for healthcare which is considered an eligible benefit under the WTG Program.

-Have a need for education or training for the employee in the new jobs; and
-Demonstrate that the business expansion is financially feasible.

The grant award may only be used for direct costs associated with education or skills-based training for net new jobs. All necessary and incidental costs of providing workforce training and education directed to the new jobs are eligible for a grant. This includes all direct training costs, such as:

-Training program promotion;
-Instructor wages, per diem, and travel;
-Curriculum development and training materials;
-Lease of training equipment and training space;
-Miscellaneous direct training costs (such as employee training-related travel);
-Administrative costs associated with training;
-Training assessment and testing;
-In-house or on-the-job training; and
-Subcontracted services with eligible training providers.

Eligible costs that are not tied directly to specific employees in new jobs (such as instructor costs, curriculum development and administrative costs) must be prorated amongst all the participants who receive the training regardless if they are eligible for WTG training reimbursement. The pro-rated costs are then allocated to each eligible employee in a new job receiving training for which reimbursement is requested. The pro-rated costs will then count towards the maximum training cost per eligible net new job.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179250

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The maximum grant award is up to $5,000 for each new full-time job created and $2,500 for each new part-time job created.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Department may award workforce training grants to primary sector businesses that provide education or skills-based training through eligible training providers to employees in net new jobs.

This program is targeted to businesses that can demonstrate 50% of the business's sales are from outside of Montana or the business is a manufacturing company with 50% of its sales from companies that have 50% of their sales outside of Montana.

To be potentially eligible for a grant, an applicant must demonstrate that it is a primary sector business and meets at least one of the following criteria:

-Is a value-adding business as defined by the Montana Board of Investments;
-Has a significant positive economic impact to the region and state beyond the job creation involved;
-Provides a service or function that is essential to the locality or the state; or
-Is a for-profit or a nonprofit hospital or medical center providing a variety of medical services for the community or region.

The following are not eligible for grant monies:

-The purchases of equipment to be owned or utilized by the training provider; and
-Salary or wages paid to employees during training.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must provide $1 of match for every $3 of grant funds.

It is highly recommended that potential applicants contact the Department for guidance and funding availability before submitting a formal application. This is especially due to the limited funding available statewide.

Applications are accepted on an open cycle.

The next WTG application deadline is October 3, 2018. Applicants will not longer have to complete a separate project presentation. Awards will be announced approximately 30 days after the application deadline. The contract's effective date will be the date that the projects are approved by the Director.

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

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Annmarie Robinson, Section Manager
(406) 841-2250

Janice Wannebo, Program Specialist
(406) 841-2741

Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
Montana Department of Commerce
301 S. Park Ave.
P.O. Box 200533
Helena, MT 59620-0533

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