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Incumbent Worker Training Grants

The Incumbent Worker Training Grant Program will be temporarily shut down for the month of July 2017 for program revisions. 

The FY2017 application will be removed from the website as of June 30, 2017 and the FY2018 application will be available August 1st. For training that begin in July and August, please use the FY17 application and submit it before June 30, 2017.


The GWB Incumbent Worker Training Grant program is funded by the Job Development Fund (JDF) and provides matching grants to businesses to increase the skills of current employees and increase the competiveness and productivity of RI businesses and workers.  

Please Note: Training must begin within 60 days of the initial submission date of the application.

 Program highlights and details

  • Businesses may receive up to $45,000 in matching funds in a 12-month period.  
  • Proposals may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed and awarded (if qualified) within 30 days.   
  • Businesses may receive up to two Incumbent Worker Training Grants in a 12-month period (not to exceed $45,000 or twelve months of funding).
  • Proposals may be submitted on-line.
  • Businesses must pay into the Job Development Fund (JDF) to be eligible for funding. 

Application documents:

Incumbent Worker Training Grant Online Application

W-9 Form

Job Training Tax Credit

Companies are eligible for a tax credit of 50 percent of actual training expenses for new and current employees, up to $5,000 per employee, over three years, for their investments in retraining or upgrading the skills of their employees. Training programs must be pre-approved by the Human Resource Investment Council. Employees must work at least 30 hours per week at the time of the training, make 150 percent of the Rhode Island minimum wage at completion and be retained for 18 months for the company to qualify.

> Click here for Job Training Tax Credit Information and Other Tax Credit Opportunities

  > Click here to view Past Funding Opportunities

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Non-Trade Apprenticeship RFP FY 2017

Goal of Program - Investment in programs that prioritize new apprenticeships in high-growth, high-demand fields that build upon existing partnerships or establish new partnerships in workforce development and education that target historically underserved populations and that lead to in-demand occupations. Four (4) non-traditional Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs will be developed through industries recognized by the GWB with maximum grant awards will be $25,000.

Need - Considered to be outside of the skilled trades Non-trade apprenticeships are increasingly being recognized as effective pathways towards careers that offer family-sustaining wages and pathways from entry level to middle skilled or professional careers. The Apprenticeship model is now being utilized around the country in non-traditional occupational areas such as Information technology and Healthcare.  In many states apprentices earn college credits while employed in their RA program.


Community College of Rhode Island – Awarded $25,000 for LPN Apprenticeship

  • Partner(s) and Employer Sponsors: University Medicine
  • This development grant will fund specific curriculum development through CCRI, as well as the development of on-the-job competencies and evaluation measurements.

Rhode Island College Institute for Education in Healthcare - Awarded $24,848.00 for Community Health Worker Apprenticeship

  • Partner(s) and Employer Sponsors: Apprenticeship RI, RI Parent Information Network, RI Assisted Living Association
  • This development grant will explore models of apprenticeship that build career ladders and design a universal apprenticeship program for all RI Community Health Workers

RI Nursery and Landscape Association – Awarded $24,939.50 for Agriculture Apprenticeship

  • Partner(s) and Employer Sponsors: SeaScape, Inc. and Apprenticeship Rhode Island
  • This development grant will establish a career pathway, from Groundskeeper to Arborist, using the apprenticeship model

Symmetrix Composite Tooling – Awarded $25,000 for Composite Tooling Apprenticeship

  • Partner(s) and Employer Sponsors: CCRI Community College of Rhode Island, New England Tech, CCP Composite courses,  ACMA Composite courses, Beacon Special Training, Polaris MEP continuous improvement
  • This development grant will establish a specialized curriculum of related technical instruction to meet the unique business needs

Workforce Innovative Grant Awards 2016

The Governor’s Workforce Board RI has awarded $2.4 million dollars in Workforce Innovation Grants, which bring employers and educational providers together to provide work-readiness, experiential learning, and career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth and unemployed or underemployed adults. 

Sixteen grants, ranging in size from $62,000 to $195,000, were awarded to eleven community-based organizations, three employers, three GWB industry partners and one educational institution. Collectively, the grants will serve hundreds of participants in such industries as hospitality, health care, information technology, marine trades and construction.

Funding for the Workforce Innovation Grants comes from the employer-financed Job Development Fund.

Click here (pdf) to see the GWB Workforce Innovation Grant recipients (FY2016)

Incumbent Worker Training Grants

Incumbent Worker Training grants are competitive grants that offer matching funds to businesses to upgrade the skills of their employees. The funds are available to all Rhode Island for-profit and not-for-profit businesses that contribute to the Job Development Fund.

Show/Hide Incumbent Worker Training Grant Recipients (FY2014–Round 2 and FY2015)

2014 Incumbent Worker Training Grants
Organization Name Amount Requested 
Admiral Packaging, Inc. $12,200
Aidance Skincare and Topical Solutions $20,000
American Ecotech, LLC $14,599
American Systems Corporation $5,938
Amos House $12,246
AMS Imaging, LLC $25,237
Banneker Industries Inc. $30,283
Barrington Print and Copy $15,600
Bottling Group, LLC $40,000
Bouckaert Industrial Textiles $33,202
Bridge Technical Talent $19,906
Calise & Sons Bakery, Inc. $12,240
Carjon Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. $5,875
Carousel Industries of North America, Inc. $39,942
Center for Women and Enterprise $10,000
Child and Family Services of Newport $23,800
Child Care Consultants and Facilities Management $7,856
Children's Workshop, Inc. $9,750
Concordia Manufacturing, LLC $9,600
Decor Craft, Inc. $26,938
Dimeo Construction Company $40,000
DiSanto, Priest & Company $16,540
Dominion Diagnostics, LLC $9,772
Edesia $12,445
Electro Standards Laboratories $31,442
Federal Electronics $20,883
Fielding Manufacturing $11,625
Flock Tex, Inc. $27,025
General Dynamics: Electric Boat $40,562
Guill Tool and Engineering Company $25,679
Global View Communications $5,167
Herrick & White LTD $17,325
Hodges Badge Company $19,959
Home Instead Senior Care of RI $7,192
Hope Global $32,398
Interplex Engineered Products $39,724
Liberty Cedar, Inc. $7,469
LOPCO Contracting, Inc. $12,800
Lumetta $9,600
Materion Technical Materials $15,608
Maxson Automatic Machinery Company $10,800
Medport, LLC $39,125
Narragansett Bay Insurance Company $39,648
National Marker Company $33,245
NetCenergy, LLC $33,397
PACE Organization of Rhode Island $28,800
Pezzuco Construction, Inc. $9,891
Precision Turned Components $23,100
RI Carbide Tool Company $7,800
Rhodes Pharmaceuticals $19,900
Rite-Solutions, Inc. $39,028
Rolling Frito-Lay Sales $40,000
SEA CORP $40,000
Stephen Turner, Inc. $16,155
Swissline Precision Manufacturing $18,422
Taco, Inc. $40,000
TechComm Partners, Inc. $16,602
Technic, Inc. $39,803
The Town Dock $15,375
Toray Plastics (America), Inc. $39,952
TribalVision, LLC $7,900
Tunstall $32,000
Twin River Casino $25,163
VR Inustries $22,750
Whittet-Higgins Company $5,820
Wood River Health Care Services $15,964
Ximedica $39,991
Yushin America, Inc. $24,853

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Show/Hide Incumbent Worker Training Grant Recipients (FY2014, Round I)

2014 Incumbent Worker Training Grants
Organization Name Amount Requested 
(Add) Ventures $5,670.00
A.G.I. Construction, Inc $25,000.00
AAA Southern New England $19,700.00
Ahlers Design $8,150.00
Astro-Med, Inc $24,999.00
Atrion Networking Corporation $24,999.00
Bank Newport $29,667.50
Bego USA, Inc $9,999.00
Brickle Group: Hyman Brickle& Son $24,999.00
Capital Good Fund $5,050.00
Center for Southeast Asians $9,999.00
Crossroads Rhode Island $14,478.00
Dama Jewelry Technology Inc $7,774.00
DiPrete Engineering $9,999.00
Envision Technology Advisors $10,347.50
Epoch Sleep Centers LLC $7,000.00
Eye Care for Rhode Island $9,560.00
Family Service of Rhode Island, Inc $35,003.00
Gem Mechanical Services, Inc $5,184.00
Gem Plumbing & Heating Services, Inc $24,966.59
GTECH Corporation $20,500.00
Hampton Inn & Suites $8,658.00
Hayward Industries $40,000.00
Healthcentric Advisors $9,999.00
Healthy Babies, Happy Moms Inc $5,382.50
Herff Jones, Inc $4,390.00
Highlander Charter School $24,630.00
Infusion Resource LLC dba Care Resource $9,000.00
International Packaging Corporation $39,600.00
Lefkowitz,Garfinkel,Champi & DeRienzo $23,980.00
MicroPEP $22,950.00
Neighborhood Health Plan of RI $40,000.00
Ocean State Jobbers, Inc $8,403.00
Overhead Door Company of Providence, Inc $9,966.00
Preventure $24,999.00
Professional Facilities Management, Inc $9,999.00
Quick Fitting, Inc $9,975.00
Raytheon Systems Company $40,000.00
Rhode Island Community Food Bank $6,000.00
Saccoccio & Associates Architects $6,400.00
Sansiveri, Kimball & Co, LLP $9,999.00
Senesco Marine LLC $9,380.00
Siena Restaurant Group $23,050.00
South County Artificial Limb & Brace $9,900.00
Unicore Thin Film Products $10,721.50
United Methodist Elser Care-Linn Health Care Center $9,945.00
VIBCO, Inc $24,550.00
Vishay Sprague dba: Vishay Electro Films $34,823.00

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