Increase your bottom line by improving your employees’ skills with an Incumbent Workforce Development grant (IWDG)! Awards of up to $25,000 are available to boost your employees’ value to your company and help your business compete both regionally and globally.
The IWDG program offers competitive retention-solution grants that qualifying businesses can use to address their employees’ skills gaps. The results are employees with increased knowledge and value to the company and a company that is more competitive both regionally and globally.
With training provided through an IWDG, your employees can:
How do you know if your business is eligible? It is if it’s:
Grants are awarded competitively; the maximum amount is $25,000. (The lifetime funding limit is $40,000.)
An IWDG can provide either occupational or educational training:
Allowable training costs include:
Training must be completed within 12 months of the IWDG award.
Charlotte Works’ employer engagement/business services team will provide technical assistance throughout the application process.
Charlotte Works will host an IWDG orientation session on Tuesday, September 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Employer Engagement Center (1401 W. Morehead Street, Suite 100, Charlotte 28208). Registration is required. There is no cost to attend.
In this session, you will:
“There’s a direct correlation between those companies that attend orientation and those companies that are awarded a grant,” notes Craig Cole, vice president of employer engagement. “We walk through the application and tell you what it takes to get it funded. This is a valuable two-hour investment for companies.”
Cole points out that orientation is also an opportunity to meet members of Charlotte Works’ employer engagement team, who not only provide hands-on assistance during the application process, but are also significantly involved in the decision-making.
In addition, attendees will hear about training options from several local vendors.
Your first step is to register to attend the IWDG orientation session on Tuesday, September 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Charlotte Works’ Employer Engagement Center (1401 W. Morehead Street, Suite 100, Charlotte 28208). Registration is required. There is no cost to attend.
If you are unable to attend orientation, you must contact Demone Frink, business project coordinator (704-206-1347), to discuss the guidelines and eligibility requirements.
The deadline to submit your IWDG application is Tuesday, October 22, at 4 p.m.
If your business is located outside of Mecklenburg County, locate your local Division of Workforce Solutions or workforce development board office to contact about the program in your county.
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