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Business & Industry Services Grant Opportunities

Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants

The Wisconsin Fast Forward training grant program helps address the crucial need for skilled workers in Wisconsin by making funds available for demand-driven workforce training. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Office of Skills Development (OSD) administers funds making them available for businesses whose needs cannot be met through an existing program. Emphasis will be given to businesses working in partnership with a technical college, other employers, workforce and economic development organizations, and workforce partners. 

Discuss your employer labor needs with the FVTC Fast Forward advisor at 920-735-4842 or rall@fvtc.edu

Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) Grants

Workforce Advancement Training grants promote increased investment in the development of incumbent workers and expand technical college training services to help businesses and industry meet their training needs. Grants will be awarded to upgrade the skills and productivity of employees of established businesses and industries operating in Wisconsin, with the broader objective of supporting regional workforce and economic development efforts.

Discuss your employee training plans with the WAT Grant advisor at 920-735-2487 or frozena@fvtc.edu

WAT Grant Overview

  • Awarded funds promote increased investment in the development of incumbent workers, improve Wisconsin businesses’ productivity and competitiveness, augment the state’s economic base, support career pathways and expand technical college training and technical assistance services to businesses and industry.
  • Grants will be awarded to upgrade the skills and productivity of employees of established businesses operating in Wisconsin, with the additional objective of supporting regional workforce and economic development efforts.
  • Training must focus on occupational skills but can include a combination of occupational, academic, and employability topics or courses. Grants will also be considered for market expansion or business diversification services to established Wisconsin businesses.
  • Instruction to be provided using Fox Valley Technical College resources and capacity.
  • Actual WAT grant support will vary by project. Employers contribute 30-50% of the total project cost at FVTC service rates.
  • Grants are awarded through a competitive process.

Evaluation of Requests

The confidential Request for Consideration will be evaluated to determine which employers, or group of employers, Fox Valley Technical College can partner with for WAT grants. Every attempt is made to build grant projects that represent the diverse training needs of regional employers recognizing not all training may be eligible for grant support.

Outcomes-focused training projects that build the skills of employees will be given priority. Additional consideration will be given to projects that:

  • Increase employees' wages in the short term
  • Improve employees' job and career opportunities in the short term
  • Implement activities related to career pathways
  • Implement part of a formal regional development strategy planned by an industry partnership
  • Strengthen the position of the state's driver industries

Employer Requirements

All employers receiving services under the WAT grant should plan to begin training within 90 days of the grant award notification.

Completion of the web-based WTCS Economic Impact Survey for contract training is required within 30 days of project completion to provide training feedback and assess immediate or anticipated impact. Survey responses are important and provide accountability that grant resources had positive employee and organization impact.

Complimentary Training Plan Consultation 

Training grant advisors are available for a personal or phone meeting if you would like to discuss a comprehensive training plan or have questions about grant programs. Contact us today to request a complimentary training plan consultation. 

Business and Industry Services

Fox Valley Technical College
Business & Industry Services
D. J. Bordini Center
5 N. Systems Drive
P.O. Box 2277
Appleton, WI 54912-2277

bi.services@fvtc.edu
www.fvtc.edu/bis

P: 888-458-0449
P: 920-735-2525
F: 920-735-4771


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WAT Grant Request for Consideration

Complete this confidential WAT Grant Request for Consideration (PDF) to be considered for selection as a grant application company in partnership with FVTC.