Government Funding

Keeping employees equipped with the latest trade knowledge and skills can be expensive, and in a challenging economy it can end up on hold indefinitely. ToolingDocs has located some resources in several states that could assist customers with funding for workforce training.

Listed below are various programs, by state, that are currently available. Please note that the information provided on the various links to different states changes frequently. ToolingDocs will do our best to keep this information as current as possible.

We hope this will be a beneficial resource for companies looking to increase their mold maintenance capability via ToolingDocs programs and services while keeping training costs to a minimum.


  1. Find your state or country from the alphabetized list below.

  2. Contact that grant administrator to see if your company qualifies for funding. It is a good idea to involve your Human Resources Manager in this process.

  3. Let the grant administrator know up front that you will be expected to pay ToolingDocs in full for the training, and in turn will seek reimbursement from the grant after your check for payment has been sent to ToolingDocs.


US manufacturers can receive financial assistance through the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAA) organization. This is a nationwide federal program, regionally managed by a network of twelve non-profit Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers. To find the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center nearest you, select your state from the map on the link provided HERE.

Incumbent Worker Training Program (WIA)

The Incumbent Worker Training Program is funded by the Workforce Investment Act and is offered in every state in the country. The purpose of the grant is to provide grants to eligible employers to assist with expenses associated with skills upgrade training for full time permanent employees. Every State has the power to set the guidelines of what is covered and not covered in the grant. Reimbursement amounts also vary state to state, however the minimum is typically a 50% reimbursement on the cost of training.


Mid to South areas of Alabama call 334 353-1799.

For the North Alabama region, call 334 353-1632.

Still taking applications
Government office is processing the Applications – Deadline is end of August
Contact: Lisa Rollan at  334-293-4707


The Arizona Job Training Program
To view the outline of the program, go to the Enterprise Zone Locator.

There are applications for both a new and an incumbent grant. If applying for both a New and Incumbent grant please be sure to submit two separate applications and addendums B, C, and D as each is grant is considered separate of the other.

Please note they are currently out of incumbent funds to assist large employers (over 100) in both the urban and rural areas. There are funds available for small employers (under 100) and for any employer creating net new jobs in the state.

Contact: Cindy Grogan
Program Manager
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 771-1221, Fax (602) 771-1200


A tax credit is available for Arkansas businesses. If a company is trying a totally new technology for them there may be some funding available through a special program by contacting Gay Johnson at 501-682-7323 or or

A state Incumbent Worker Training grant program is available at:


Grants in CA will only pay for in-plant training at your facility or another in CA. Grants generally pick up anywhere from 30-40% of training costs. The grant program DOES allow for 2 companies to co-train as long as it happens at one of those customer facilities. Generally speaking, it is most cost-efficient to go through the grant process if there are at least 6 people in the training.

The approval process is very quick.

Contact Gail Roy of the CA Manufacturers Association at 949-510-9792 or


Grant Money is available for 2011.

Click HERE for information on workforce development information.

Pete Roskop, Job Training Program Director
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 892-3840


Click HERE for a map to possible resources to obtain grant funding. You will need to contact the applicable department(s) directly to find out what is available and whether or not your company qualifies for funding. The Connecticut Department of Labor - Peter Raymo is the Statewide Coordinator and will get you in touch with the right department depending on where in CT your business is located.

Contact: Peter Raymo
Phone: 203 859-3338


Department of Workforce Development – Incumbent workers program
Funding covers 50/50. There are a couple of options available.

Contact: Sally Wojcieszyn, Workforce Development Representative
Phone: 302 672-6828


To see if you qualify, call Debbie McMullian 850 921-1119 or
email her at 

There are still 2011 funds available for the Quick Response training Program, click HERE for details.


A Retraining Tax Credit Program is available to Georgia companies interested in upgrading the skill level of their employees.

How does the tax credit work?
The State of Georgia allows you to recover:

Note: Tax credit is retroactive for all open tax years (training over the past 3 years included). Unused credit can be carried forward for up to 10 years. Credit may be allocated to affiliated corporations.

Quick Start provides customized training, free-of-charge to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses. The program is administratively located in the Department of Technical & Adult Education. 

The Department of Labor - Georgia Works - 2011 Funds Available
This program is specifically for persons who are drawing unemployment insurance.

For information about other programs in Georgia contact:
Gloria K. Kusmik, Employer Relations Coordinator
GA Department of Labor
148 Andrew Young International Blvd., NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404 232-3907 (office)
Fax: 404 232-3771


Training for full-time employment and trainees successfully completing the training must be hired or retained by the participating business. Training may be provided by state technical colleges, universities, other public or private training organizations, by the employer and through partnerships.

For additional information please contact:
Leandra Burns


Idaho Department of Labor
317 W. Main St.
Boise, Idaho 83735
Phone: 208 332-3570 ext. 3318


Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing / NORBIC
Manny Rodriguez, Director of Urban Initiatives
Phone: 773 594-9292 x 6803

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity handles the Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) which supports Illinois workers’ efforts to upgrade their skills in order to remain current in new technologies and business practices, enabling companies to remain competitive, expand into new markets and introduce more efficient technologies into their operations. ETIP grants may reimburse Illinois companies for up to 50 percent of the cost of training their employees. Individual companies undertaking customized on-site training programs may apply for an ETIP grant if they are: expanding the business enterprise in Illinois, expanding into new markets, introducing more efficient technologies/continuous improvement systems, expanding exports from Illinois, and providing additional training to employees who will be threatened with layoff.

Dept. of Commerce:
Applications available starting 8/1/10
Contact Josh Hedstrom or John Glazer at 217 785-6215,
or click HERE.

Employer Training Investment Program (Competitive Component)
Illinois companies that are retraining/upgrading the skills of their existing workforce may be eligible for
ETIP grants.

For more information please contact Cesar Lopez at 312-814-2672 or Email:

Incumbent Worker Training Program (WIA)
Below is the contact information for the various Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIBS) for the Chicago Area. In the State of Illinois, these boards administer and set the guidelines for their respective areas.

McHenry County
Barbara Ladner, Chair
Carl Martens, Director
Phone: 815 338-2437
Fax: 815 338-7125

Lake County
800 Lancer Lane
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847 543-7400

1 North Genesee St,
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: 847 377-3450

DuPage County
2525 Cabot Drive
Suite 303
Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: 630 955-2030

Will County
Pat Fera, Manager
Phone: 815 727-5670, Ext: 1

Mary Gajcak, Business Liaison
Phone: 815 727 5670 Ext: 3

Gina Tuminello, Administrative Specialist
Phone: 815 727-5670 Ext: 2


The Skills Enhancement Fund (SEF) offers financial assistance to businesses committed to training their workforce. Trainees must be Indiana residents – contact & info:


Iowa Business & Industry Training Department  
They have training assistance programs, but the funds are administered by Iowa’s community colleges. If a company has training needs, they work with their local community college to access funds.

Contact Beth Balzer for additional information
Phone: 515-242-4863


General information can be found HERE.


BSSC website is

Some funds are available through BSSC. If you go to the link you will find a section called Forms and Samples. If you click on the link you will find an application to fill out and submit for approval. The grant program is a competitive process and requires approval by our board which meets every other month. Contact  or call 502 564-2021


An incumbent worker program is available HERE. Links are supplied to appropriate contact persons, as well as forms to get started.


Funds are available for 2011

Contact: Gail Dyer, GTI Coordinator
Phone: 207-623-7983

Governor's Training Initiative Bureau of Employment Services
55 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0055
Phone: 207-623-7981


Maryland Business Works
There are funds available through the Job Skills Program or the Customized Training Program. 


Labor and Workforce Development
Boston, MA
Phone: 617-626-7122


Michigan Works
Contact the location nearest you and they can access funding and grants for workforce development for incumbent workers in your area.

Michigan Jobs & Career Portal
They recommend using their website for updates. On the left hand side click on Support Services, there is a link under Support Services called

There is incumbent worker funding through the regional Michigan Works offices. To access information about the program you need to locate the Michigan Works office in your region. Each office works differently. This website has a searchable map: 


Additional information is available at the Office of Grants Management.

Completed applications should be emailed to 


Mail it to:
Helene Woods, Program Developer
Dakota Scott Workforce Services
1 Mendota Road W, Suite 100
West St. Paul, MN 55118


The Delta Workforce Investment Area (DWIA) has determined that investing in training of the area’s current workforce will grow and preserve jobs. Businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for additional funding to augment their internal worker training efforts.

Employer Tax Credit is also Available:


Grant money is available but handled by colleges only. Click HERE to find a college in your area. Mention that you are looking for incumbent worker training funds.

Or you can contact:
MO Department of Economic Development
Division of Workforce Development


For more information contact Kendal Hartman at or visit this web site


There are 2011 funds available for incumbent workers.

Click HERE to obtain program information and contact details to get the process going.

Nebraska Workforce Development
Department of Labor Office of Workforce Services
550 South 16th Street
Lincoln, NE 68509-4600
Phone: 402 471-9977
Fax: (402) 471-3050
Attn: Steve Porr


Money is available for expanding companies to update workers skills for employment.

For information on the Train Employees Now program contact:

Commission on Economic Development
108 E. Proctor Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775-687-4325 or 800-336-1600
Fax: 775-687-4450


New Hampshire “Works” only goes through community colleges to provide grants for employers. Contact your local community college for information or visit the New Hampshire Works website.


The state won’t fund training until TD is approved as a training provider.

For more information, please visit the New Jersey Department of Labor website.


For additional information, please click HERE.


There is some funding available through the New York State Department of Labor.

For additional information, please click HERE.


One North Carolina Fund:
Helps recruit and expand quality jobs in high value-added, knowledge-driven industries. It also provides financial assistance to those businesses or industries deemed vital to a healthy economy that are making significant efforts to expand in North Carolina. In addition to funding the purchase or installation of new equipment, it may assist with training costs.

For more detailed information, contact:

Tel: (919) 329-5230 or (800) 562-6333
Fax: (919) 662-4770
313 Chapanoke Road
Suite 120
4316 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-4316

There are 22 regional boards that offer funding in North Carolina. You must apply for funding through your local board. To find out the contact information for your area call the above contacts. This is a competitive program and they have approximately 3 million dollars in training funds at their disposal.

Contact: Janice or Brandon at 919-329-5248 or main desk # 919-329-5230

Incumbent Worker Program

Find information for employers

Also, a new funding cycle for workforce development funds starts in August with no guarantee that funds will be available. Start by contacting the “Customized Training Director” at your local community college. For a map of the participating colleges near you visit

Prior to contacting the college find out from your HR Manager if they already have a relationship with the college. If not, it will be very important to develop a training plan prior to calling that will include training the college can do for your company and not just TD training. If the college has no funding and determines that your company is a good candidate for an incumbent workers competitive grant through the local Workforce Development Board, they will contact the Board on your behalf. (The Board does not work with companies directly; everything starts with the colleges.)  


There are funding opportunities through Job Service North Dakota One-Stop Career Center. They are responsible for the administration of federal and state-funded workforce training programs that provide funding to businesses to assist in training both current workers and new employees.


The Ohio Workforce and Talent Division provide financial assistance for customized training involving employees of new and expanding Ohio businesses. They do have funding available for the plastics industry, as it is an industry they are trying to focus on. Click HERE for complete details.

For a list of regional contacts in your area, click HERE.

Or, contact Carla Wood for assistance at 614-466-4155

The Ohio Investment in Training Program (OITP) grants support training for employees of new and expanding businesses. Grants support up to 50% of instructional costs, materials, and training-related activities

Incumbent Worker Training Program (WIA)
The amount of funds available depends of the size of the company as well as the amount of funds
available in the grant. Contact local job and family services department, State Economic Development
or community college.

Ashland, Ohio
Contact: Jason McManes
Phone: 419-774-5377

Madison Adult Career Center
Contact: Sonja Pluck
PhoPhone: 419 589-6363


Additional information may be available on one or more of the following links:


Bureau of Labor and Industries
Portland, OR 97232
Telephone: 971 673-0760  

Additional information may be available on one or more of the following links:


Funding is available for through a couple programs

The Guaranteed Free Training (GFT) program is administered by WEDnetPA
This program is for Basic Skills and Information Technology training.

Customized Job Training (CJT) program. This is for highly advanced, technical and customized training.

Mandy Book, Workforce Development Coordinator
Department of Community & Economic Development
Grants Division
Phone: 717 720-1419
Fax: 717 787-9154


Go to to apply for funding. There are limited funds available now but the status changes frequently. It’s best to check the website for updates on a per case basis.

Additional information may be available at the following links:

SOUTH CAROLINA (No Funding Available as of 5/12/11)

Additional information may be available at the following links:


For information and to apply click HERE.

Or contact:
The Governors Office of Economic Development
Phone: 800 872-6190


The Incumbent Worker Training Program is funded by the Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and administered by the Workforce Development division within the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the Local Workforce Investment Area. The purpose of the program is to provide grants to employers to assist with certain expenses associated with skills upgrade training for full-time employees of the company. For more information click HERE


Click on the link below. Contacts are broken down by county.

There are several other possible avenues for training grant assistance in Texas.

  1. Contact the Business Services unit of your local workforce investment Board through the Texas Workforce Commission:

  2. Contact the state comptroller’s office to see if your company qualifies for the JET program.

  3. The Skills Development Fund pays 100% of training fees for approved projects. Texas State Technical College is approved by the state to administrate this fund for companies throughout Texas. Contact the following college personnel to find out if your company is eligible. We suggest including in your training plan non-TD training that TSTC can provide. The bigger the project, the more people to be trained, the more advanced the training, and the more you can include TSTC training in your project the more likely it is that your project will
    be approved.

    a.     David Day, Associate VP Workforce Development;

    b.   Kenneth Guenat, Workforce Development Specialist;

  4. Contact your local community college and ask for the division that supports training for local business
    and industry.


There is funding available in UT through an MEP Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The purpose of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), is to provide small and medium size manufacturing organizations with services they need to succeed and grow their businesses.

Jeff Francis - Extension Agent
Phone: 801 616-0564
Additional Information:


Virginia has funding at local and state levels for incumbent workers. To find out which resources would be available to your company contact:

George Taratsas
Resource Administrator
Workforce Development Services
Virginia Community College System
Office: 804 819-5387
Cell: 804 200-3624


The application process is easy and funding is available up to 50%. Funds are available. ClickHERE for
additional information.

Phil Fagan, Director
Vermont Training Program
Department of Economic Development
ACCD/National Life North Building
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-0501
Phone: 802 828-5235
Fax: 802 828-3258


Washington has limited incumbent worker training funds that are channeled primarily through our 34 community & technical colleges. HERE is a useful link that our Association for Washington Businesses hosts.

Have your HR Director contact:
Carol Melby
Program Administrator
Economic Development
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
1300 Quince St SE
PO Box 42495
Olympia, Washington 98504
Phone: 360 704-4340
Fax: 360 704-4418
Additional Information:


They have $ from the Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce Program. This is an Award program that will reimburse up to 50% of training up to a $2,000 limit per trainee.

Sharon L. Phillips, PCED, CWDP
Workforce Development Specialist
State Training Awards Division
WORKFORCE West Virginia Capitol Complex
Building 4, Room 605
Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0311
Phone: 304 558-7027
Fax: 304 558-1694
Cell: 304 561-7954


Companies with fewer than 25 Full Time employees may qualify for the Business Employees Skills Training program. It is a small grant not to exceed $5000 per company at a rate of about $1000 per employee trained in a structured training program. For additional information click HERE.

A business must apply before they order equipment or undertake any training. Each project is reviewed individually. Click HERE for the link for the Area Development Manager map.

Contact: Kathleen Heady, CEcD - Area Development Manager
Phone: 608 266-9944

Workforce Economics, Inc. reviews companies in need of incumbent worker funds on a case by case basis. Please contact Cheryl Welch at You can also contact the Lt. Governor's office since the Lt. Governor sits on the state Workforce Development Fund Committee at 608 266-3516 or Or visit them online at

The Customized Labor Training program is designed to assist companies that are investing in new technologies or manufacturing processes by providing a grant of up to 50% of the cost of training employees on the new technologies. Contact area managers for the application process.

  Region   Phone   Email
  Region 1: Vacant        
  Region 2: Deb Clements   715-344-1381
  Region 3: Dennis Russell   920-498-6302
  Region 4: David Martens   608-261-7711
  Region 5: Kathy Heady   608-266-9944
  Region 6: Mary Perry   414-302-2826
  Bureau Director: John Stricker   608-261-7710

The potential may exist for support under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Incumbent Worker training program or possibly the Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s Customized Labor Training Program. In either instance the individual business customer should seek out grant support from these entities. Not every Workforce Development Area in Wisconsin operates an Incumbent Worker training program. Commerce’s program is designed to assist companies investing in new technologies or manufacturing processes by providing a grant of up to 50% of the cost of training the employees, with a cap of $2,500 per employee. The primary goal is to help Wisconsin manufacturers maintain a cutting edge workforce. Any business making a firm commitment to relocate or expand within the state and is upgrading a process or product is eligible to apply for the funds. Visit  or 

WI Tryout Shops Contact:

Tool, Die & Machining Association of WI

Wisconsin Small Business Innovation Research

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development


There are grant funds available for 2011 - through the Wyoming Workforce Organization. There are two options for grants, the first is funding for existing or incumbent workers and the second is for increasing your workforce. The grants can be used to offset the cost of the training, books and travel for students or instructors and can be as much as $2000.00 per person per year.

For information visit their web site 

or contact:
Laurie Timm, manager of workforce development
Phone:  307 777 -8616