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Workforce Development Training Fund

Goals of the Idaho Workforce Development Training Fund (WDTF):

  • Increase the economic mobility of Idahoans through training that leads to wage gains and retention.
  • Provide timely assistance to businesses while shifting focus to broader talent pipeline development strategies that serve multiple employers.
  • Support growth of the economy by assisting employers with job creation and integration of technology, specifically through the development of skills in their existing and/or new employees.
  • Provide a return on investment to Idahoans as evidenced by increased wages, job creation, capital investment, retention of Idaho's workforce, credential attainment, and/or customer satisfaction (employer and trainee).
  • Promote innovation in talent development.
  • Encourage replication of best practices in talent pipeline development.

Click here for the Workforce Development Training Fund Policy. Click here for the Scoring Matrix for Employer Grants.

Click here for a list of current WDTF Grant Awards.

February Application deadline: 

Applicants who plan on submitting an application for review at the February 25, 2020 Grant Review Committee meeting will need a final submission completed by 12 pm Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Any grants requiring revision will be moved to the March 24, 2020 committee meeting.

  Applicants who plan on submitting an application for review at the January 12, 2020 Outreach Committee meeting will need a final submission completed by 5 pm January 3, 2020. Any project application requiring revision will be moved to the February 5, 2020 committee meeting.

Industry Sector Grants are designed to engage employers in developing new training solutions that address Idaho's workforce issues and fill skills gaps. The Idaho Workforce Development Council will accept Industry Sector Grant applications on a non-competitive, first come, first-served basis.

Innovation Grants can fund projects that address local workforce development needs. Projects may provide skills training to individuals and/or assist individuals with connecting to careers.

  • New or enhanced training must address specific employer-identified skills gaps in the community; training cannot supplant or compete with current training opportunities.
  • Training may include work-based learning opportunities, classroom training, or virtual training that addresses the skill gaps identified by employers in the community.
  • Assisting individuals to connect to careers may include providing information and outreach on career education and workforce training opportunities and/or soft skill development.

Employer Grants are available to Idaho employers who are increasing their current workforce and/or retraining existing workers with skills necessary for specific economic opportunities or industrial expansion initiatives.

The Workforce Development Council’s Outreach Committee reviews and provides funding for proposals that will provide public information and outreach on career education and workforce training opportunities, including existing education and training programs and services not funded by the training fund. Funding is provided on a reimbursement basis.

  • All Outreach Project Applications must be received at least seven days in advance of the next Outreach Committee meeting. The following rubric based on the committee's approved goals will be used by the committee during award determination.

If you have questions please contact Caty Solace at

If you are interested in applying for one of these grants please click here.

If you are an existing user please click here

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