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).
If you’re interested in applying for an Incumbent Worker Training Grant, email Warren Vaughan to schedule a BEAR interview/assessment.