The Department of Workforce Services’ (DWS) Business Training and Support Unit is pleased to announce the re-opening of Workforce Development Training Fund (WDTF) Grants. The program was paused in April of this year due to the increased demand for and success of the program, with the intent to ensure the program’s continued financial viability.
Please note: while WDTF grant rules may state the maximum amount allowed for eligible expenses, new parameters have been determined and put in place for the program to remain viable and fiscally responsible. These new parameters are in effect as of May 1, 2023.
WDTF will accept applications during the first seven (7) calendar days of each month. Please do not reuse older applications as the content has changed. Applications submitted before or after the first 7 days will not be considered.
Applications for Apprenticeship Grants and Pre-Hire Economic Development Training Grants will be accepted during the first seven days of June 2023, and the first seven days of each month thereafter, as long as funding is available. We will not be accepting applications for these specific grants until June 1st.
New parameters for these grants and active application links will be updated soon! Please check back for further information.
BEFORE submitting a WDTF application:
- For a WDTF grant application to be considered, the applying Business shall be registered and in Good Standing with Wyoming Unemployment Insurance (UI) Worker’s Compensation (WC) and the Wyoming Secretary of State at the time the application is submitted.
- It is the responsibility of the Business to confirm their registration and Good Standing status with Wyoming SoS, UI and WC prior to applying for a WDTF grant.
- Allow 2-4 weeks at a minimum for processing new registration or when updating their SoS, WC and UI accounts.
- Secretary of State – allow up to 7-15 days for processing
- Unemployment Insurance and Workers’ Compensation – allow up to 2-4 weeks or longer for processing
- Applicants that were denied due to registration or Good Standing issues may submit new applications in subsequent months, once the Good Standing status have been fully addressed.
A note about applications:
- Applications must be complete, with all appropriate supporting documentation, to be considered.
- Preferred Industries will be a consideration as applications are reviewed.
- Not all submitted applications will be able to be approved due to limited monthly funding.
- If your application is denied due to limited funding, you may create a new application for the following month, if the training is still applicable and submitted 30 days prior to the start of the training.
- If an application is denied due to errors and/or omissions, a new application will need to be created, with the items addressed, if you are planning to apply again the following month.
- If you have not received communication from a WDTF staff member within two weeks of the application window closing (the 7th day of the month), you may follow up with an email requesting a status update.
WDTF will host upcoming Question & Answer Sessions to help businesses navigate the grant process! Anyone can attend and ask questions about specific grants or the overall process.
A tour of our website will be provided with an overview of the grants so businesses can better understand which grant options may best fit their training needs.
Upcoming Q&A sessions are:
- 5/23/23, Tuesday, 2 pm (To register, please click here)
- 6/20/23, Tuesday, 2 pm (To register, please click here)
To view previously recorded meetings, please click here.
The Workforce Development Training Fund (WDTF) is a unique Wyoming-based program connecting employers with professional development opportunities to increase employee skill attainment. Grant options include:
Current industry partnerships associated with the Wyoming Workforce Development Council:
- Finance and Insurance
- Healthcare and Social Assistance
- Hospitality and Tourism