Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant

The Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) training grant helps address the crucial need for skilled workers in Wisconsin by making funds available for demand-driven workforce training. WFF funds are available to businesses to develop and implement customized and sustainable short- and medium-term training programs to upskill incumbent workers and/or train new hires. The intent is to provide essential assistance that can’t be met through an existing program.

The WFF grant is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Office of Skills Development (OSD)

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WFF Grant Overview

Grant projects must provide a written commitment to provide a better job opportunity for underemployed trainees; and/or provide incumbent workers a wage increase after successful completion of the training; and/or hire successful trainees.

  • Training does not replace existing or routine operational training; is short- to medium-term in duration; solves a documented skill gap not addressed through existing education or training programs and provides opportunities for trainee income and career growth 

  • Grants range from $5,000-$400,000

  • Grant applications can consist of various entities collaborating to implement a training project.

  • An employer cash or in-kind match is required; match varies by project.

  • WFF grant projects should serve to increase the number of new jobs, reduce layoffs, and/or increase local/regional skill-based workforce.

  • Contact the WFF grant advisor for additional details.

Employer Requirements

Grant applications must include one or more employers(s) who:

  • Train incumbent workers and provide a wage increase; and/or commit to hiring new workers; and/or commit to hire unemployed and/or underemployed trainees to fill new or vacant positions

  • Show a demand for workers with skills that can be developed with short- to medium-term training to be completed within one year

  • Have a presence in Wisconsin and will train workers employed by the Wisconsin location

  • Match grant funds with cash or in-kind contributions as specified in the related Grant Program Announcement

  • Contact the WFF grant advisor for additional employer requirements

Grant Categories

Funding is competitive in each category. The Wisconsin Fast Forward website (www.WisconsinFastForward.com) has the latest grant deadlines and application materials.

Contact Grant Advisor

Want to learn more or explore a project idea? Share your interest with the WFF Grant advisor for more details and a complimentary consultation.

Dawn Rall, WFF Grant Advisor
P: 920-735-4842 | E: