Workforce Training Grants

Do you have professional development training needs, but little or no budget to support? If the answer is YES, Career In Progress may be able to help! The Workforce Training Fund grant is open to Massachusetts employers interested in developing their employees. Through this Training Fund, employers are awarded training for their employees for little or no direct, out-of-pocket subcontracted training costs. Career In Progress will help you write a training grant AND deliver top-notch, quality training. Your organization could receive up to $250,000 in grant funded training for your employees!


What is the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund?

The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund is a state program, financed by Massachusetts businesses, for the purpose of providing resources to employers to train their workers.  The maximum amount of a General Training Grant is $250,000. How do employers benefit? Funded projects result in:

  • increased job retention
  • more knowledgeable employees
  • more productive companies
  • more competitive companies
  • improved ability to do business in Massachusetts


What Kind of Training Programs are Eligible for Funding?

Applications that focus on employee skills attainment and achievement of transferable and measurable skills receive priority. Examples of eligible training programs include, but are not limited to:

  • StrengthsBased Leadership
  • Working Effectively in Teams/Teamwork
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Executing Effective Employee Performance Plans
  • Implementing an Effective Internship Program
  • Goal Setting for Improved Performance
  • Communicating Across Generations/Understanding How Generational Differences Impact Workplace Productivity
  • Strategic Networking

Grant Specifics

For-profit and non-profit organizations benefiting from training  grants must pay into the Workforce Training Fund.

  • Companies of any size are eligible to apply.
  • All trainees must be employed (but not necessarily live) in MA.
  • State and local governmental entities may not apply for these funds.
  • Companies will be considered for new grants after one year from the completion of a prior funded grant.


Are There any Costs for Organizations?

The costs to take advantage of this training grant are very low, and dependent on the scope of the project. Indirect costs that organizations may incur include:  

  • Employee salaries to attend training (training must occur during work time)
  • Matching costs (training materials, copy costs, room rental costs, etc.)


Are the Grants Difficut to Apply For?

The grants are a competitive bid and organizations must make a compelling case for the need for the training. As a value-added service, Career In Progress directly assists organizations in applying for these grants, at no charge, and provides the training upon grant award.

What are the Next Steps?

Contact Dr. Heather Maietta for a further explanation of the grant application process by filling out the form below.