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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, March 2, 2017
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Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants Application Deadline Extended to March 31

Up to $3 million in available grants to support construction and small business worker training solutions

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) – Office of Skills Development (OSD) has extended application deadlines to March 31 for Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) Construction and Small Business Grant Program Announcements (GPAs). Up to $3 million in grant funding is available to Wisconsin employers with customized worker training solutions for construction and small business workers.

The OSD set Construction and Small Business GPAs based on a comprehensive analysis of pressing workforce needs that included skilled worker labor market employment projections and the immediate worker training needs of employers. GPA details follow:

Worker Training Grants for Construction:

Worker Training Grants for Small Businesses (50 or fewer full-time employees):

The OSD has developed an effective process that enables businesses to easily apply for grants, ensuring that unemployed trainees are hired and incumbent trainees receive a pay raise. Funding is subject to state budget approval.

During the past four years, Governor Walker’s administration has invested over $200 million of state funding into workforce development, including $30 million in WFF grants to Wisconsin employers for customized skills training to fill current job openings and ongoing skill requirements. DWD has awarded over $18 million in WFF grant contracts to date, supporting nearly 200 worker training projects that are benefitting hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers across the state. View summaries of awarded grant projects here: http://www.wisconsinfastforward.com/reports.htm

Apply for Construction and Small Business GPAs by accessing WFF online application tools here: http://www.wisconsinfastforward.com/wff_standard.htm