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The IWT program is a matching grant program that offers financial reimbursement to manufacturing companies for providing up-skill training to their employees. The goals are:

The program will reimburse up to $50,000 of training costs annually. Companies may submit multiple reimbursement applications so long as the aggregate amount does not exceed $50,000 in any given calendar year. The minimum grant amount that will be awarded to any qualified applicant is $2,500. The maximum amount of lifetime assistance provided to any one company by this program is limited to $100,000. Approved funds do not need to be repaid.

In order for a company to apply for reimbursement, they must meet all of eligibility criteria for the program. They must also have incurred a minimum of $5,000 in eligible training costs within the six-month period preceding their application date. As an example, an applicant who can evidence having spent a total of $30,000 in training costs within six months prior to submitting their application will be eligible for a potential grant of $15,000 ($15,000 grant + $15,000 company match).

The program is administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology with funding provided through the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development's Manufacturing Innovation Fund.


Here's how it works:

The IWT Program is Administered by:

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc.

"Transformative Solutions for a Connected World"

The IWT Program is Funded by:

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development

"Strengthening Connecticut's Competitive Position"


Eligibility Determination:

All applications requesting funding will be evaluated by CCAT to determine if they meet the following mandatory requirements:

Employer
  • A Connecticut based manufacturer or allied service provider who has between 3 and 300 employees.
  • More than half of the company's revenue must be generate from the sales of goods you manufacture or from allied services provided to manufacturers.
  • Be registered with the CT Secretary of State for at least three years.
  • Must operate as a for-profit entity.
  • Must have a manufacturing facility located in Connecticut or be in the process of relocating operations to the state.
  • Must evidence eligible training expenditures of not less than $5,000 within the six-months preceding the date of application.
  • Must be seeking reimbursement for training expenses that were incurred after 3/31/22.
  • Not have been awarded a total of $50,000 from the program within the same calendar year.
  • Not have already received the lifetime maximum of $100,000 from the program.
  • Be in good standing with DRS and DOL and other relevant state or local agencies.
  • Have conducted beneficial training worthy of funding as determined by the program administrator.
Trainees
  • Employed in any of the following functions: direct/indirect labor including but not limited to production, information technology, logistics or research and development, engineering and production supportv
  • Work at a Connecticut manufacturing facility
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Working full time hours (35hrs+ per week)

In order to be considered for funding under the Program, the applicant must satisfy the mandatory elements of the program, the application must be complete, and the use of the funds must be consistent with the goals of the Program. All training must have occurred and been paid for within six months of the application date and must have been conducted through a third-party training company.

Eligible Activities

Typical uses of this funding include, but are not limited to the following training:

  • Upgrade and increase skills
  • Industry Specific
  • Written and oral communication
  • Mathematics or science
  • Technical and technological skills

This training must expand and/or improve an employee's workforce skill and develop opportunities for growth or promotion within the company.

The trainer must be a third-party provider selected independently by the employer. (Please note that program funds may not be used to cover salaries for in-house trainers as referenced below as an ineligible use of funds.)

Eligible Costs
  • Tuition
  • Instructor or trainer fees
  • Instructional materials
Ineligible Costs

The program has specifically identified the following activities as ineligible uses of the funds:

  • Compensation for in-house trainers (employee personnel)
  • Travel, Hotel, Meals or Other Expenses for off-site training of employees
  • Non-job related training that does not present up-skilling opportunities
  • Training expenses incurred before 4/1/22
Additional Program Requirements
  • Must evidence eligible training expenditures of not less than $5,000 within the six-months preceding the date of application.
  • A qualified third-party training company must have been used to conduct the training.
  • Applicants must evidence good standing with the CT Department of Revenue Services (DRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) and be current with their registration with Secretary of the State and other relevant agencies.
  • Applicants are required to match grant awards dollar for dollar.
  • Must have conducted beneficial training that is consistent with the goals of this program and worthy of funding as determined by the program administrator.
  • Companies receiving funds will be asked to complete a survey form on the impact of the training.
  • A Connecticut based manufacturer or allied service provider who has between 3 and 300 employees or less.
  • Must Have conducted beneficial training worthy of funding as determined by the program administrator.

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