State Funded Grants

Massachusetts Grants

There are 3 types of funds available: Small Business Direct Access Program, Express Program and General Program.

The Small Business Direct Access Program is open to companies with 100 or fewer employees that contribute to the Workforce Training Fund. EANE has been awarded funds to be able to offer free seats in our Principles of Leadership series, Leadership Skills for Lead People series and Self-Awareness & Adaptability course. Please contact EANE for help in securing seats.

MA Small Business Direct Access Program Training Grant Application Process (effective May 18, 2020)

The Express Program is open to companies that contribute to the Workforce Training Fund. The Massachusetts Commonwealth Corporation announced that effective September 1, 2020, any size company that contributes to Workforce Training Fund Program is eligible for Express Funds to cover training expenses. (The Express Program was previously only available to small businesses with 100 or fewer employees.) The program will reimburse for up to 50% of the actual cost of training. 

Express Fund Program Information Resources

The General Program is designed to provide eligible Massachusetts companies the opportunity to apply for up to $250,000 in training funds that may cover up to two years of training. The fund covers many types of training including:

  • Leadership & Management Skills
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Sales
  • Project Management
  • Six Sigma
  • Software and IT Training
  • And much more!

In order to be eligible a company must contribute to the Workforce Training Fund; trainees must be employed in Massachusetts and a Certificate of Good Standing must be current. If you have a business problem or opportunities to be addressed through training then you may be a great applicant for these funds.

Connecticut Grants

Connecticut’s Manufacturing Innovation Fund – grants cover 50% of training costs with a minimum request of $10,000 and a maximum of $50,000 per year. These funds are available to businesses classified as manufacturers under NAICS guidelines and open to companies with under 2,000 employees. EANE’s Learning and Development team can assist you with the application.

Rhode Island Grants

Incumbent Worker Training Grant Program provides 50% reimbursement for training costs with a $50,000 cap per company over 12 months. At this time the application process is closed.

EANE – Your Grant Writing Partner

We can help you by:

  • Assisting you in developing and writing the business case
  • Conducting a needs assessment for your organization
  • Identifying and suggesting training courses and providers to help you achieve your goals
  • Assisting with writing the grant application
  • Scheduling trainings
  • Compiling all the reports necessary to submit to the state on your behalf

Contact one of our Learning and Development experts if you would like additional information about any of these ways to stretch your training budget.