The Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG) encourages the creation of jobs in primary sector businesses. Primary sector businesses are generally defined as those having 50% or more of their sales outside Montana. This funding provides an essential job training incentive for new businesses to locate in Montana and provides existing primary sector businesses with essential support to train employees in new jobs that allow the businesses to expand in Montana without leaving the state.
A primary sector business creating jobs in Montana is eligible for up to $5,000 for each net new full-time job created and $2,500 for each net new part-time job created that pays at least 170% of the state minimum wage. Training funds are not provided to the awarded applicant business until the jobs have been created at the qualifying wage and eligible expenses have been incurred.
The next WTG application deadline is October 3, 2018. Applicants will not longer have to complete a separate project presentation. Awards will be announced approximately 30 days after the application deadline. The contract's effective date will be the date that the projects are approved by the Director.
The Department, through the Administrative Rule Making (ARM) Process, will be updating the WTG FY18-19 Guidelines. A hearing has been scheduled for October 11, 2018 at 10am to accept comments on the revised Guidelines. Copies of the FY18-19 Guidelines are available here.