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 Department is accepting public comments on the FY18-19 Biennium Guidelines. A Public Hearing will be held on June 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 226 of the Park Avenue Building, 301 South Park Avenue, Helena to consider the proposed amendment. Additionally, written comments can be submitted no later than 5:00pm on July 7th.
Applications are accepted on an open-cycle basis until all available funds are committed to approved projects. Applications will be accepted through the funding portal www.fundingmt.org. Applications must be submitted by July 9, 2017 to be considered at the next Grant and Loan Review Committee meeting.