Incumbent Worker Training Program

Grants to Montana Small Businesses for
the Training of Existing Employees

GrantWatch ID#: 181082
Agency Type:


Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Workforce Services Division


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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $2,000 per employee to Montana small businesses for the training of their established workforce. Training may be customized to meet a specific need within the business. The purpose of this program is to preserve existing positions for state residents.

Types of training that may qualify:

Training must be skill-based or result in a certificate or accreditation and improve productivity, efficiency, or wages in the worker’s existing job.

Training should be short-term (completed within one year) and the business must have a demonstrated need for the training as a way to remain competitive in their industry or the economy.

Grant funding may reimburse all or part of the costs of training eligible employees.

Reimbursable expenses include:
-Tuition, registration, fees, and required materials. Asset purchases are not eligible.
-Transportation required to attend training such as mileage or airfare.
-Lodging required to attend training.

The grant allows up to $2,000 per year per full-time employee, and up to $1,000 per year per permanent part-time employee.

Training should be completed within one year.

Qualifying Businesses:
-In operation in Montana at least one year
-No more than 20 employees per location, and no more than 50 statewide
-An existing client of one of the three following economic development partners: Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR), Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC), or Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
-Must be registered with the Montana Secretary of State’s Office as a(n): Association, Corporation, LLC, Partnership, or Sole Proprietor. Some exceptions apply.

Qualifying Employees:
-Permanent employees must work at least 20 hours a week on average and have completed their probationary period to qualify for grant funding.

Conferences and training affiliated with conferences will not be funded.

Grant funding is allocated to the Department on a State Fiscal Year (July 1st – June 30th), and is available on a first come, first served basis.

Businesses must be able to contribute the matching funds.

Applications must be submitted online. If you are not already registered in the system, please register. Allow up to one business day for your registration to be set up.

Submitted applications are evaluated by economic development partners that make recommendations to the Department regarding funding requests. These partners are members of the Business Expansion and Retention teams, the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center at MSU Bozeman, and the Small Business Development Centers sponsored by the Montana Department of Commerce. Contact your local Job Service Office to find out which partners serve your community.

Applications should be submitted at least two weeks before the training is scheduled. Each advocate organization meets to review applications on a different schedule, so please contact them to determine if additional time is needed.

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

Apply Online:

Chris Wilhelm, Program Manager
P: 406.444.3351
F: 406.444.3037

Workforce Services Division
Montana Department of Labor and Industry
1315 E Lockey | Helena, MT 59601
PO Box 1728 | Helena, MT 59624-1728

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