Express Grants: Training Reimbursement for Nonprofits from the Workforce Training Fund

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010816-IMG_3106As a non-profit executive, you know that your most vital asset is your employees. In a time where you face constant challenges in technology and funding, training is essential for maintaining the effectiveness of this critical resource. Rarely does an opportunity to enhance your employee’s skills and expertise crucial to your organization present itself in as easy and generous manner as it does with the Workforce Training Fund.

The Commonwealth Corporation, in conjunction with the Department of Employment and Training, offers an opportunity for qualified nonprofit agencies to receive training in a wide variety of disciplines at 50% savings.

The Workforce Training Fund’s Express Grants Program is aimed at small to medium sized agencies (100 or fewer employees), particularly those that would be unable to offer training to their employees otherwise. The program is restricted to agencies that support the Workforce Training Fund by paying into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Unemployment Insurance program.

We’ve added a page on our website devoted to explaining the Workforce Training Fund Express Grant Program. It includes a program overview, nonprofit eligibility explanation, a link to view approved courses, additional resources, and a downloadable step-by-step guide to applying for a Workforce Training Fund Express Grant. Download the step-by-step guide to get started.

Agencies must apply and have its course selections approved ahead of time. The agency pays the full amount of tuition to the training provider. After the course is completed, the agency may apply for 50% reimbursement of the total amount, up to a limit of $30,000 agency-wide or $3,000 per employee, per calendar year.

To see what courses are available, consult the training directory. 501Partners has several approved offerings in the directory, including its popular Salesforce Bootcamp for 101 for Nonprofits (course #1107797) for beginning Salesforce users and Salesforce Bootcamp 201 for Nonprofits (course #1107886) for intermediate users.  

Reward your employees with better tools to help them do their jobs. Reward your agency – board, constituents and clients — with a more skilled and motivated staff. Apply to the Workforce Training Fund Express Grants Program to boost the skills and confidence of your staff and help launch your organization into great success.

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