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Funding | Employers

Funding for Employers

Budget constraint is one of the largest roadblocks in obtaining the education or training your employees need. There are a number of grants and other various funding sources that are available to help local area businesses train new and incumbent workers.

Wisconsin?s Dept of Commerce, BEST program
The Business Employees? Skills Training (BEST) program was established by the Wisconsin Legislature to help small businesses in industries that are facing severe labor shortages upgrade the skills of their workforce. Under the BEST program, Commerce can provide applicants with a tuition reimbursement grant to help cover a portion of the costs associated with training employees. Visit their website from more information.

Customized Labor Training (CLT) Program
The CLT 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. The program?s primary goal is to help Wisconsin manufacturers maintain a workforce that is on the cutting edge of technological innovation. Visit their website from more information.

Private Industry Council (A WIA I One-Stop Center)
The Private Industry Council funds employment-training services available through the One-Stop Centers. Training Services include:

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Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
WIA Title I and Job Centers also benefit employers. Services to assist employers may include assistance in finding workers, in training new or existing workers, in dealing with a diverse workforce, and in addressing business downsizing and/or closings.

The WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTERS of Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington Counties
Diversified funding base of over $8 million annually. Visit their website from more information.

Kenosha County Division of Workforce Development
On-The-Job Training (OJT) - employers may be eligible to receive up to 50% reimbursement of an eligible person's wages if the employer hires and trains someone who lacks the skills necessary to perform the job.

Racine County Workforce Development Center
The Business Services Team at the Workforce Development Center offers assistance with the following Training Subsidy programs:

  • On-The-Job Training (OJT)
  • Customized Labor Training (CLT)
  • Business Employees' Skills Training (BEST)
  • Wisconsin Technical College System

OSHA offers funds to nonprofit organizations to train workers and employers to recognize, avoid, and prevent safety and health hazards in their workplaces. Visit their website from more information.

Entrepreneurial Training Grant (ETG) Program
Commerce has partnered with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to develop a pilot program designed to help individual entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Wisconsin. Visit their website from more information.

Nonprofit Management Fund
Since its first funding cycle in November 1994, the Nonprofit Management Fund in Milwaukee has received 580 applications. Often faced with difficult decisions, due to a limited grant allotment, the Fund has awarded $2,431,421 to 410 organizations and authorized 34 diagnostic clinics during this time period. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000 with an average grant size of $5,900. Visit their website from more information.

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