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Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG)

Grants to Montana Businesses and Health Facilities
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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04/03/19 Receipt or Postmarked by Date


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Grants to Montana for-profit businesses and nonprofit medical facilities for employee training and education. Funding is intended for training workers with the goal of filling new part-time and full-time jobs within the primary sector. The program is for projects that can demonstrate tangible, measurable results involving employees working in the businesses that are receiving assistance.

A net new job means a newly created full-time or part-time job in a primary sector business. The job must be new to the business and has not been created or filled prior to the effective date of the WTG contract. Additionally, the job must contribute to a net increase in the business’s overall employment to meet the net new requirement. 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.
- 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 among all the participants who receive the training regardless if they are eligible for WTG training reimbursement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179250

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

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 newly created 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;
- Be a new business that provides a product or service that is not available in Montana or the region which results in state residents leaving the state to purchase the product or service,
- 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-proposal Conference:

The Department of Commerce has prepared e-learning webinars on How to Apply to the Workforce Training Grant Program, and How to Administer a Grant.

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Pre-Application Information:

The Primary Sector Workforce Training program will be accepting applications on a quarterly basis or until all funds have been obligated. The next application due date is April 3, 2019.

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. Contact Annamarie Robinson, Section Manager.

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

Applications will be accepted through the funding portal

Applicants can submit the application, with all attachments via email to Annmarie Robinson, Section Manager,

Paper application can be mailed to:
Annmarie Robinson, Section Manager
Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
Finance Assistance Bureau
PO Box 200505
Helena, MT 59620-0505

(406) 841-2250

Janice Wannebo, Program Specialist
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