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Incentives and grants

 

Massachusetts Workforce Training Grant Programs

 

 

General Grant  

Express Grant

Hiring Incentive Grant (HITG)

Who is eligible?

Businesses of any size

Less than 50 employees

Businesses of any size

When can I apply?

Applications of less than $50K are accepted monthly; over $50K are accepted in March, July, and Nov. each year

 Anytime

Anytime; hiring notice forms MUST be submitted within 30 days of each employee's hiring date

When are decisions made?

60 days after application deadline

 Within 21 days of filing of the application 

 Within 3 days of filing an application

When can training begin?

 Typically within 8 weeks after receipt of application approval. 

 Training should begin between 6 weeks and 6 months of submitting  application. 

50% of the training must be complete within the first 60 days of employment 

Training programs length?

Up to 24 months

No more than 12 months 

No more than 12 months 

Maximum grant award value?

Up to $1,000,000, though the largest award to date was $650,000. Awards of more than $250,000 are expected to show significant employment growth, as a result of the training.

$15,000 per year, with a cap of $3,000 per trainee

$30,000 per year; up to $2,000 per new unemployed worker hired 

Is there a match amount? 

Wages of trainees while receiving training CAN be included within the match requirement. 

Applicants must pay 50% of the cost of the training. Wages of employees are not considered. 

No. It is assumed that wages of employee will be paid through first 60 days of employment, and is considered match

What is reimbursable?

 • Contracted Trainers
• Training Supplies
• Training Equipment
• Training Materials
• Internal Trainers wages
• Other costs 

Trainers ONLY 

Other costs  

Trainers
• Training Supplies
• Training Equipment
• Training Materials
• Internal Trainers wages
• Other costs

Who can we use as trainers?

Any training provider can be utilized, but must be specified within the application. 

Training providers must be selected from a State approved list of vendors. 

Any training provider may be used, though funds are most frequesntly used to cover internal training training costs.

Financial reporting requirements?

Previous 2 years Income and Balance Sheets must be submitted with the application. Applicant must prove financial viability and must provide a Certificate of Good Standing from the Dept of Revenue Services.

No requirement, other than providing a Certificate of Good Standing from the Dept of Revenue Services.

No requirement, other than providing a Certificate of Good Standing from the Dept of Revenue Services.

Other requirements

Training must be job related and must help business to improve competitiveness. Training is expected to be provided DURING work hours.

Training must be job related.

Trainees must be unemployed at time of hire and must be residents of Massachusetts.