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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. Grant program announcements are issued based on employer labor needs. Emphasis will be given to businesses working in partnership with other employers, workforce and economic development organizations, and other workforce partners. Learn more about Fast Forward grant opportunities or contact a Business & Industry Services advisor for a consultation. 

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. Learn more about WAT grant opportunities or contact a Business & Industry Services advisor for a consultation.

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.

Training Grant Request for Consideration

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

Training Grant Request for Consideration (PDF)

Not sure where to start? Contact us and set up a complimentary meeting! Our Training Grant Advisors are here to help you address your business challenges and sort through the grant process.

Fast Forward/WAT Grant Advisors:  |  Mary Frozena  P: 920-735-2487  |  Dawn Rall  P: 920-735-4842

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

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