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The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) – Office of Skills Development (OSD) recently released two new Grant Program Announcements (GPAs) under Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) initiative, for Small Business Occupations and Construction Trades and Related Occupations. Wisconsin employers and workforce partners are encouraged to submit innovative, collaborative and customized training grant applications in accordance with online Application Information and details found in each of the GPAs. Grantees may be awarded up to $50,000 to upskill workers in Small Business settings and/or up to $400,000 to upskill workers in Construction Trades and Related Occupations.

Visit the WFF website <http://lists.wi.gov/t/1275264/2470314/8744/7/>  to access these GPAs:

Worker Training Grants for Wisconsin Construction Trades and Related Occupations: (FF172CL1) Company size: any Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000

Match: 1:1 ($1 applicant: $1 WFF)

Deadline to apply: June 30, 2017 3:00 pm

Worker Training Grants for Wisconsin Small Business Occupations: (FF172BS1) Company size: 50 full-time employees or less Award amount: $5,000 to $50,000

Match: 0.5:1 ($0.50 applicant: $1 WFF)

Deadline to apply: June 30, 2017 3:00 pm

Governor Walker's WFF program was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support from lawmakers in 2013 to address the skills gap through grants to employers for customized skills training to fill current job openings and ongoing skill requirements. DWD has awarded over $18 million in WFF grant contracts to date, supporting nearly 200 worker training projects that are benefitting hundreds of businesses and thousands of trainees across the state.

Please contact OSD  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with questions regarding WFF GPAs.

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