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Workforce Development Training
Fund Micro-Grants

Idaho’s Workforce Development Council has approved $500,000 to fund workforce development projects serving youth or adults and benefitting localized and/or rural efforts.

The micro-grant program, paid out of the Workforce Development Training Fund (WDTF), will provide up to $25,000 per award and is designed to fund projects on a smaller scale than the WDTF grants. Any community-based organization, school, employer, local government entity or economic development organization can apply on behalf of a community partnership. Successful projects will increase employment and wages of the community’s workforce and/or will contribute to the state’s goal of having 60 percent of 25-34 year-olds achieving a degree or certificate and assist in stemming the out-migration of youth and young adult workers from Idaho communities.

Eligibility requirements

How to apply

  1. Click the button below to download the Word document.
  2. Save the Word document to your computer.
  3. Click through and fill in the Word document on your computer, then email the completed Word document to your regional business specialist.

Frequently asked questions

  1. May an entity submit more than one proposal?

    An entity may submit more than one proposal. However, each proposal received from an entity, or from the same group of community partners with a new entity as the lead applicant, must be a separate and distinct project, resolving a separate and distinct workforce development need for the community.

  2. Would a Region III urban location proposal be considered in the first 90 days?

    Yes. Any proposal from any entity will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis until all resources are committed. The Workforce Development Council has provided a total of $500,000 for this initiative.

  3. If not, are statewide proposals eligible after the first 90 days considered based on their submittal date?

    The WDTF Micro-Grant project is limited to “community based” projects. No statewide proposals will be eligible.

    During the initial 90 days, no more than one-sixth of total funds ($83,333) will be available for award to projects within each one of the state’s six regions. After the initial 90 days, remaining resources will be available to fund community based projects regardless of regional location on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    If a proposal is not funded during the 90-day period because the regional allocation cap is already met, the proposal will again be considered for first-come, first-serve funding immediately after the end of the 90-day period using the application’s initial application date.

  4. Can you define “local” area as it is used in the first sentence of the Micro-Grant application Information document?

    “Local” is defined as “pertaining to a city, town or small district rather than an entire state.”

  5. What is the official announcement of the grant as it applies to the first 90 days?

    July 2, 2015, marked the official announcement of the WDTF Micro-Grant opportunity with a press release issued by the Idaho Department of Labor. The 90-day regional apportionment will be in effect for 90 calendar days, July 3 through September 30, 2015.

  6. What is constituted as in-kind?

    The WDTF Micro-Grant will accept as in-kind the cash value of any partner’s time or equipment/supplies/space that directly support the project and that will not be reimbursed with WDTF resources.

    Examples include: personnel time managing/coordinating the project, supervising at a training site, developing training modules, or providing training; use of existing laboratory, classroom space or equipment; purchase of new equipment/supplies; indirect administrative costs.

       

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