IWT Grant Workshop - January 2018

Thursday, January 4th 2018

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Prospera Business Network, MT Women's Business Center, and MT Manufacturing Extension Center presents

Incumbent Worker Training Grant Application & Submission Workshop (IWT Grants) - Jan. 2018

January 4, 2018

Class will be held at:
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC)
2310 University Way Building 2
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

$50 for members | $80 for non members


ALL PREP WORK IS TO BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED TO: wvaughan76 [at] gmail [dot] com 

Warren Vaughan, instructor, will walk through the steps for applying for the grant funds during the class. At the end of the class, you will have submitted your proposal to https://fundingmt.org.

The Incumbent Worker Training program is a program that provides grant funding to help eligible Montana small businesses purchase training for their existing (incumbent) workers. Its intent is to help preserve existing jobs for Montana residents. Training can be customized to meet specific needs.

Qualifying Businesses

  • In operation in Montana at least one year
  • No more than 50 employees statewide
  • "Incumbent worker" means an employee who has completed at least 6 months of employment with the employer.

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 1 year) and the business must have a demonstrated need for the training as a way to remain competitive in their industry or the economy.
  • Conferences and training affiliated with conferences will not be funded.
  • Applications should be submitted at least three months 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.

Costs That May Qualify For Reimbursement

  • 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.

Before the class

  • If you are not already registered in the system, please register. Allow up to one week for your registration to be set up.
  • There will be pre-work that will need to be submitted 7 days prior to the class to determine if your training is suitable.

Grant Funding Is Limited

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Funding is allocated to the Department of Labor & Industry at the discretion of the Montana Legislature, and is not guaranteed.

Requirements If You Choose To Apply

  • Specific information about the training such as itemized costs, dates, and how the training will benefit both the business and the employees. Businesses must also be able to contribute the matching funds.


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The Montana Women’s Business Center is a program of Prospera Business Network and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.