1. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PREPARING AN APPLICATION?
- All businesses must be registered with Secretary of State, Wyoming at Work, Unemployment Insurance and Workers’ Compensation to receive a good standing certification. Please ensure you are in good standing prior to starting an application.
- Applications may request funding for only one training event per application.
- There is no limit to the number of applications a business may submit, as long as you remain within your business funding limit per state fiscal year.
- Applications can be created at any time and saved, to be submitted a minimum of 30 calendar days and no more than 110 calendar days from start date of Training Period.
2. What kind of training will be approved for a grant?
In order for training to be approved, the business must demonstrate:
- Training will either correct an employee’s skill deficiency or upgrade an employee’s current skill level
- There is a direct relationship between the training and the trainee’s occupation or craft
- The business will not substitute funds normally provided for training or funds obtained from another source with Business Training Grant funds
- There is a need for the skill upgrade provided by the training for the business to remain competitive in the industry or economy; and
- The skill upgrade provided by the training will:
- Enhance the business’ productivity, efficiency or profitability
- Reduce employee turnover
- Enhance employee wages
3. What expenses will the grant cover?
The following are allowable training expenses:
- Direct training costs, including tuition, registration, class fees and class materials;
- Training that includes registration fees
- Travel expenses including transportation expenses directly related to the training
- Instructor fees and travel expenses where the instructor is not an employee of the business
- Fees for continuing education units licenses, and certifications that may be obtained during the training event
4. What expenses won’t the grant cover?
The following are non-allowable training expenses:
- Lodging and meals are not covered
- Trainee wages and fringe benefits
- Administration expenses
- Purchased, rented or leased equipment, including computer hardware and software
- Instructor fees and travel expenses where the instructor is an employee of the business;
- Assessments, testing and certification exams that are not included in the training;
- Capital construction of any kind;
- Cost of preparing the grant application.
5. When can I expect to receive the grant and how is it paid?
- The application must be approved and a contract must be signed and dated by ALL parties, PRIOR TO the start of training period.
- The grant reimburses allowable expenses after the training has been completed and the final report has been submitted, reviewed and approved.
6. What is the final report and when do I have to submit it?
- The BTG Grant Management System will send a message through the grant message center to the business 45 days after the training has been completed requesting a final report.
- The final report must include:
- A summary of the training and how it helped the trainee in their job
- A copy of the agenda or registration form that show corresponding dates of training period
- A payroll record listing the name(s), and hourly wages of the trainee(s) for a pay period 45 days after the training has been completed
- Paid invoices or receipts for allowable expenses, including travel and registration; and
- Verification of attendance.
- Adjustment to the reimbursement will be made if actual expenses were lower than the amount awarded.
7. Under what conditions do I get the Reimbursement?
- Reimbursement will be disbursed to the business if the trainee:
- Has completed the training within the Training Period referenced in the Contract;
- Has been retained in employment with the business for 45 days after the date of completion of the training.
- Has submitted the final report with all supporting documentation requested and it has been reviewed and approved.