Grant Training Opportunities funded by Texas Workforce Commission

Skills Development Fund

The Skills Development Fund provides local customized training opportunities for companies and workers in our area to increase skill levels and wages. This grants are provided to help a business, consortium of businesses, or trade union form partnerships with colleges to provide custom job training. The Skills Development Fund pays for the training, the college administers the grant, and businesses create new jobs and improve the skills of their current workers. Average training costs are $1,420 per trainee. However, the benefit may vary depending on the proposal. Grants for a single business may be limited to $500,000.

Skills for Small Business Program

The Skills for Small Business Program is an opportunity for small businesses (less than 100 employees) to train new workers or upgrade the skills of incumbent workers. Texas Workforce Commission in coordination with the Office of the Governor’s Small Business Forums initiative this program to address the training needs of small business in Texas. TWC processes the applications together with the college to fund the specific courses selected by businesses for their employees. The program funds tuition and fees up to $1,450 per newly hired employee and up to $725 per incumbent employee per 12-month period.

Self-Sufficiency Fund

The Self-Sufficiency Fund is a job-training program that is primarily designed for individuals that receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The program links the business community with local educational institutions and is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission. The goal of the Fund is to assist TANF recipients to become independent of government financial assistance. The Fund makes grants available to eligible public colleges or to eligible private, non-profit organizations to provide customized job training and training support services for specific employers. Grant costs may include curriculum development, instructor fees and training materials, and certain work-related expenses for the trainees. Grants are typically for 12 months. Contracts that include one business partner may be limited to a maximum of $500,000.

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