Get Money for Training

The Incumbent Worker Training Grant (IWTG) Program is a program of the Montana Department of Labor to support Montana’s small businesses by providing up to $2,000 reimbursement per employee per year for eligible training expenses.  The Bozeman BEAR program can sponsor local businesses and nonprofits for this grant.


  • What kind of business is eligible?— Small business/organization (less than 20 employees locally and 50 employees statewide) that has been in operation for at least 12 months
  • Which employees are eligible?— Part-time or full-time employees (including owners) who have been employed for six months or are past their probationary period (whichever is greater)
  • What kinds of training is eligible?— Skills-based training that demonstrates a clear and distinct benefit to both the employee and the business in terms of increased wages, productivity and/or competitiveness.
  • What training is NOT eligible?— Training that is regular and on-going or that is normally offered or expected by the employer or profession (e.g. new hire training or continuing education credits)
  • Funding eligibility and limitations — Allowed:  direct training costs, such as tuition, books, fees, supplies. Also allowed: lodging and transportation (50% out of state).
  • Funding amounts – Each full-time employee (past their probation period) qualifies for up to $2,000 each. Training will be reimbursed by the state for 80% of the cost of the training (up to a $2,000/year cap).