Commerce Awards $580,000 in Workforce Training Grants

Missoula Montana HELENA – The Montana Department of Commerce announced today that more than $580,000 of grant funding has been awarded to 22 Montana non-profit and for-profit businesses for skill-based training of new and existing employees. The funding is through Commerce’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Workforce Training Grant (WTG) Program.

“Montana’s economy is thriving and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. To keep our economy vibrant and strong, we must ensure that we have a robust and skilled workforce,” said Commerce Director Scott Osterman. “These Workforce Training Grants will provide needed skill-based training for many local Montana businesses and their employees. In addition, the grants will help strengthen and grow our state’s economy through the creation and retention of good-paying jobs to keep our economy moving forward and to help our state live up to its full potential,” Osterman added.

The ARPA WTG Program reimburses businesses for costs associated with skill-based training for new and existing full-time workers.

ARPA Workforce Training Grant Program funding recipients:

“The last couple of years in the food industry have brought one challenge after another. Most recently, the increase in the cost of labor has hindered our ability as a business to hire and grow. The $6,000 grant from the ARPA WTG program is allowing us to train two full-time employees in the operational skills needed to manage and help grow the business. We're grateful for these funds and excited to see the results,” said Whole and Nourished Owner, Heather Babineau-Z of Bozeman.

Eligible businesses may apply directly to the program and can receive up to $3,000 per eligible employee, with a maximum allocation of $210,000. Each eligible employee must make a wage that meets or exceeds 170 percent of Montana’s current minimum wage.

At this time, the ARPA Workforce Training Grant program is currently revising its guidelines, but similar programs are offered under the Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) and Accelerate MT programs through the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.

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