Training Existing Workers

To assist businesses in providing education and skills training for current employees, we provide grant consultation.

Grants are available for the Fall 2015 Cycle. Completed Applications are due by 5pm March 4th. Applications should be saved or scanned as a PDF and emailed to:

  • Incumbent Worker grants with a maximum amount of $10,000 and a lifetime maximum amount of $60,000 are designed to benefit businesses by enhancing the skills of employees, thereby increasing employee productivity and the potential for company growth. [Note: Companies that have received funding prior to July 1, 2008 remain eligible for the $50,000 lifetime maximum stated in previous Incumbent Worker Grant guidelines.]
  • Grants can cover the costs of the following training programs: instructional costs for training courses; classes for certification exams; online training; skills assessments related to requested training; textbooks and manuals; computer software for training purposes; and instructor travel (if the training location is not within a reasonable distance to the business).
  • View the guidelines by clicking here and the application by clicking here.
  • If you are interested in applying for the Incumbent Worker Grant and have questions you may email them to or you may contact Don Sherrill at our office at (828) 265-5434

Incumbent Worker Documents