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Fund Your Training Through Grants

Fund Your Training Through Grants

Skills Development Fund

Do you need to add employees with new skills or train your current staff for the new market? The Texas Workforce Commission administers the Skills Development Fund program, which provides state funds to respond directly to the workforce needs of Texas employers.

The Skills Development Fund is Texas’ premier job-training program providing training dollars for Texas businesses and workers. With these funds, customized training helps to ensure the current workforce stays up-to-date to keep businesses competitive and new workers are trained with the skills industries require. The Skills Development Fund successfully merges business needs and local training opportunities into a winning formula to increase the skill levels and wages of the Texas workforce.

Companies that meet set requirements and complete a grant application can be eligible to receive a SDF grant.

For more information about grants and compliance, please call 972-860-4367.

Self-Sufficiency Fund

The Self-Sufficiency Fund Program, administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, assists businesses by designing, financing and implementing customized job training programs in partnership with public community and technical colleges, higher education extension services and community-based organizations for the creation of new jobs and/or the retraining of existing workforce. The goal of the Self-Sufficiency Fund is to assist recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or a parent, including a noncustodial parent whose annual wages are at or below $37,000, to obtain training, get jobs and become independent of government financial assistance.

For more information about grants and compliance, please call 972-860-4367.

Skills for Small Business

Texas Workforce Commission’s Skills for Small Business program
The TWC's Skills for Small Business program supports businesses with fewer than 100 employees, emphasizes training for new workers, and helps upgrade the skills of incumbent workers. Through this program, up to $2 million from the Skills Development Fund is dedicated to the backbone of Texas' business community - the more than 433,000 small employers.

Small businesses can apply to TWC for training offered by Brookhaven College or the Texas Engineering Extension Service, TEEX. TWC processes the applications and works with the college to fund the specific courses selected by businesses for their employees.

About the Program

  • The program emphasizes training newly hired employees—those who have been hired by the company up to three months prior to the date that TWC receives an application.
  • It funds tuition and fees up to $1,450 per newly hired employee and up to $725 per incumbent employee. An individual employee can participate once per 12-month period.
  • Funding for training is for full-time employees.
  • All training must be provided by a public community or technical college, or TEEX. No third-party vendor training is allowed.
  • Training must be selected from active course catalogs/schedules—credit, continuing education, online or other available unpublished courses.
  • Training may focus on occupations within the Governor's six targeted industry clusters: Aerospace and Defense; Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing; Biotechnology and Life Science; Energy; Petroleum Refining and Chemical Products; and Information and Computer Technology.
  • Training may also be emphasized for occupations targeted by Workforce Development Boards.
  • Employers must pay the prevailing wages in the local labor market for the trainees funded under the grant.

For more information about grants and compliance, please call 972-860-4367.