Your business may be eligible for a state or federal training grant (or other funding). Learn more through your local Workforce Investment Board, Small Business Development Center, or economic development agency.
Obtaining training grants can be a complex process, but worthwhile pursuing. Key points to keep in mind:
- The opportunities are real and are offered through federal, state, and local government authorities you can trust.
- Before applying for a grant, always check your eligibility and carefully consider your ability to meet grant requirements.
- To increase your chances for success, follow application instructions to the letter and prepare a thoughtful, thorough response.
- Grant-making agencies want you to succeed! So get whatever help you need to navigate the process (see below for contacts).
If training grants are not available, funding may be available in another form. The sources below can help you explore your options.
State and Local Grants
When exploring grants or other funding for training, start at the state or local level. Here are some options for getting started:
- Find your local Workforce Investment Board. Ask about training grants and other funding and get help with the application process.
- Locate your nearest Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and ask about a free consultation to discuss your training needs.
- Locate your state’s economic development agency. On the agency site, look for business services, and then training.
Federal training grants are administered through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). For an introduction to this process, listen to Grant Applications 101: What You Need to Know.
Need help with training grants and other workforce issues? Contact your local American Job Center to connet with a Business Services Representative or other resources that can help.