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Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG) Program

Grants to Montana Businesses and
Hospitals for Job Training Programs

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Grants of up to $2,500 and grants of up to $5,000 to Montana businesses and for-profit and nonprofit medical centers and hospitals for job training programs. Funding is intended to encourage the creation of jobs and support the training of part-time and full-time employees in net new jobs in primary sector businesses.

The Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG) encourages the creation of jobs in primary sector businesses. Primary sector businesses are generally defined as those having 50% or more of their sales outside Montana. This funding provides an essential job training incentive for new businesses to locate in Montana and 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.

Trainees must be paid at least the average wage that meets or exceeds the lesser of 170% of Montana's current minimum wage or the current average weekly wage of the county. The wage can include benefits. 
The Department is targeting this workforce training grant program to projects that can demonstrate tangible, measurable results involving employees working in the businesses that are receiving assistance. 
Definition of Net New Job: 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.
Eligible Costs
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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179250

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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, and
- must meet at least one of the following criteria
- be a value-adding business as defined by the Board of Investment,
- demonstrate 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,
provide a service or function that is essential to the locality or the state, or
- be a for-profit or a nonprofit hospital or medical center.

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.

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:

The Primary Sector Workforce Training program will be accepting applications on a quarterly basis or until all funds have been obligated.

The next application deadline is September 15, 2021.

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.

Applicants must provide $1 of match for every $3 dollars of grant funds. For more information, see

Contact Information:

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

Annmarie Robinson, Section Manager
Phone: 406.841.2250

Janice Wannebo, Program Specialist
Phone 406.841.2741


PO Box 200505
301 S Park Avenue
Helena MT 59620-0505

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