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Funding for Worker Training & Tax Credits

Training Grants

The Commonwealth Corporation has assumed responsibility for program administration for all new Workforce Training Fund grant applications and grant awards. Commonwealth Corporation and DCS staff are continuing to work together to ensure a seamless transition for prospective and current grantees.

The Workforce Training Fund Program (WFTP) provides matching training grants, ranging from $2,000 to $250,000 to employers, groups of employers and labor organizations.  Grants are for customized training to achieve outcomes as determined by the applicant.  There are four types of grants within WTFP –Express Program Training Grant, General Program Training Grant, Technical Assistance Grant, and Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG), each with a set of employer eligibility criteria regarding size, training duration and available funding.

The Workforce Training Fund Express is targeted to small employers — with 100 employees or less — and labor organizations. Applicants must choose a training course or program from a pre-approved training directory. Applications may be submitted online at any time. Employer must pay at least 50% of the training request. Total grant request cannot exceed $30,000 per company for a 2-year period; $3,000 per course per trainee.

The WTF Hiring Incentive Training Grant Program is open to all employers. It provides training grants of up to $2,000 per employee and up to $30,000 a year per company. This program assists in paying training costs for newly hired employees who have been unemployed over a year and those that do not have a call back date from their last employer.


  • An additional change to the HITG Program will be implemented in September 2013.  Currently HITG requests cannot exceed $2,000 per eligible new employee or $30,000 per company.  The Advisory Board has approved an increase to $5,000 per eligible new employee and maximum of $75,000 per company in a one year period. Applications are in the process of being updated; notification will be issued when this change takes effect.

The following new policy  applies to General Program Training Grants and will be effective upon announcement in September:

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for  Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) are priorities of the Workforce        Training Fund.  In support of  these priorities, the Workforce Training Fund Advisory Board may consider waiving the requirement that 100% of time spent in training must be paid at the workers’ regular rates.  Such waivers may be considered when each of the following requirements has been met:
    • Training consists of  Adult Basic Education (ABE) and/or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL);
      • Trainee participation must be completely voluntary.  No aspect of trainees’ employment will be put at risk by participating. There will be no penalty or repercussion for participation or lack of participation;
        • At least 50% of time spent in ABE/ESOL training must be paid at a regular rate;
          • All other WTF requirements (e.g. eligibility, 1-to-1 match requirement, etc.) must be met; and
            • Additional monitoring,  including participant interviews may take place.

              All three above are managed at the state level. The REB also has funds locally for employer-reimbursed On-the-Job Training of newly hired workers. For more information, see brochure to right and contact David M. Cruise at 413-755-1362 or email him at

              Industry Initiative Funding

              The Commonwealth Corporation oversees state-funded industry sector training fund initiatves such as those funded from the MA Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, or the Extended Care Career Ladder Initiaties. RFPs are issued from time to time and you can check on those from their website

              Tax Credits

              Your business can qualify for Federal tax credits when you hire certain workers. You can find out more about the various tax credit initiatives at the following web site:


              For more information on any of the above, send an e-mail to Larry Martin or call him at the REB at 413-755-1361.