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Workforce Training Fund Grants:
GBMP Consulting Group Can Help...
At Absolutely Zero Cost To Your Organization

GBMP has assisted companies in New England and beyond to procure over $30 million in training grants for Lean. Almost every state has such a program (though they vary a bit). Below is detailed information about the Massachusetts Training Fund Grant and the NETAAC program for federal funds for training your employees. GBMP can help determine if you qualify for training grants for Lean and assist you in tapping into its networks to get you the training funds for Lean you need to train your employees.

GBMP never charges a fee for assisting organizations navigate the grant process and prepare their application, and GBMP CI Managers conduct all of the training, not external contractors.

GBMP can assist your company as it prepares and applies for a Training Grant for Lean by:

  • Providing valuable information on Workforce Training Fund programs and the various types of grant processes
  • Providing templates for the grant to help you in defining your program
  • Designing and delivering customized Continuous Improvement (Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma) training programs that address your specific challenges and organizational needs and that fit the grant criteria
  • Providing step-by-step assistance in preparing your application
  • Providing direct assistance and support throughout the grant application process

To learn how we can help your company apply for and receive a Workforce Training Fund Grant to pay for employee training,  call Karen Sontag at 617-332-0308 or email her at

Grant Funding for Employee Training in the Northeast


The Workforce Training Fund is a state fund financed entirely by Massachusetts employers through a surcharge on the Unemployment Insurance tax. The purpose of the fund is to provide resources to Massachusetts businesses to train current and newly hired employees. If your company pays into the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment fund, it is eligible to participate in the programs. Training grants are awarded competitively to employers, employer organizations, labor organizations, training providers, or a consortium of such entities, to train current and newly hired workers. The maximum amount of a training grant is $250,000. There is a rolling acceptance procedure in place and applications are reviewed monthly.  When received, applications will get a technical review to make sure all the required information and documentation is included, then a search will be conducted to confirm the company is up to date on all the financial requirements.  Once the technical review is completed, a review of the actual application will be done (the proposed coursework and its intended impact). In most cases the applicant will be notified of the decision within 60 days of submission.

The General Grant Program is available to companies, organizations and providers of any size. Successful applicants demonstrate that training will result in job retention, job growth or increased wages and will make a difference in the company's productivity, competitiveness, and ability to do business in Massachusetts. General Grant monies awarded can reach $250,000 and must be used within a 24-month period.

For more detailed information on how the Massachusetts grant program works, click here.


Click to read the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Grant Overview brochure

New Hampshire

New Hampshire's Job Training Fund provides a 1:1 dollar match. GBMP has a strong relationship with the New Hampshire Community College system and can help clients find the appropriate funding stream and  get the funding  for their training projects through that partnership.  You can read more about New Hampshire's program here.

Rhode Island

The Governor's Workforce Incumbent Worker Training Grant Program (IWTG) was created to provide grant funding for continuing education, training, and up-skilling of incumbent employees at existing RI employers.  The program provides matching reimbursement grants of up to 50% to employers which pay for pre-approved, direct, training-related costs. Grants are available up to $30,000 to encourage Rhode Island employers to invest in their workforce to enhance the overall competitiveness of the RI economy while delivering transferable skills to their employees which increases their -earning potential and employability. 


Training Provider Grants from the State of Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development provide up to 50% of the training costs for incumbent employee training to enhance the skills of the Vermont workforce & increase productivity of Vermont employers.  Applications are received and reviewed on a rolling basis with an average turnaround time of 18 days.  Priority is given to target economic sectors including advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, clean energy innovation and forest products. 


The New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center offers federally-funded financial grants and guidance for businesses impacted by foreign trade. How do you know if your business qualifies for NETAAC assistance?

  • Is your industry affected by import trade?
  • Has your business experienced declines in sales and/or production?
  • Have you reduced - or anticipate a reduction in - your workforce?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, NETACC can help you.

There are more grant resources available for Lean projects in other states as well. Click here to see available grant money in your state. We have a grant writer on staff who can manage the application process for you