There are nearly 20 million dollars available to train employees, and we want nonprofits to take advantage of it!
The Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) provides funding for Massachusetts employers to invest in training for their staff. The WTFP has existed since 1999 but to this day, is largely underutilized by the nonprofit community.
Developing a strong and stable nonprofit workforce is a top priority for MNN and so we want to help organizations utilize these funds to strengthen and develop their employees. MNN’s 2015 Regional Meetings featured a short presentation of the benefits of the Workforce Training Fund. Our hope is to continue to educate the nonprofit community—and vendors who provide training to nonprofits—about this resource and to provide support for nonprofits seeking to utilize this fund.
Does my organization qualify to use this fund?
The fund is financed by a small surcharge on unemployment insurance payments so any organization that pays for unemployment insurance through quarterly contributions is eligible. Click here to read more. To find out how your organization handles UI payments, ask the staff person who manages your payroll or you can also email your EIN to Tonja Mettlach. If you are not eligible but would like more information about payment methods to find out if you should switch, click here.
It was previously assumed that most nonprofit organizations would not qualify but we have found that the vast majority of small to mid-sized organizations utilize the contributory method for UI payments and thus qualify for this fund.
My organization qualifies, what funding is available to me?
The WTFP has four different grant programs that serve different purposes and offer various levels of funding. Click on the individual grant programs to view more details about the amount of funding, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.
Express Program: Organizations with fewer than 100 employees have access to more than 10,000 pre-approved training courses and are eligible for up to 50% reimbursement – up to $3000 per employee, per year and/or $30,000 per organization per year. (For training providers: Sign up to have your course(s) added to the list of pre-approved courses!)
General Program Grant: Organizations of any size can apply for up to $250K to implement a customized training plan for their existing employees. Consortium Grants are a sub-program of the General Program grant and is essentially the same except shared across multiple organizations with similar training needs.
Regional Training Capacity Pilot: Organizations of any size can enroll employees in pre-approved training for FREE, without submitting a grant application. The topics included are high-priority training areas (ESOL, Supervisory Skills, Computer Skills/Microsoft Office, etc).
Technical Assistant Grants: Consortiums may apply for up to $10K to cover the costs to assess their training needs, in preparation for a General grant.
To see a side by side comparison of the grants, click here.
What if I have more questions?
For more information, visit our FAQ page.
After reading the FAQ page, if you have general questions about the funds or would like to discuss how your nonprofit might utilize them, please contact Tonja Mettlach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Workforce Training Fund Program is administered by the Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public entity under the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. For technical questions about the grant applications or requirements, please visit www.commcorp.org.