Skills Development Fund (SDF) Grant forSmall Businesses
Through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Skills for Small Business program, up to $2 million from the Skills Development Fund is dedicated to the backbone of Texas's business community - our more than 433,000 small employers. Small businesses now can apply to TWC for training offered by their local community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). TWC processes the applications and works with the college to fund the specific courses selected by businesses for their employees.
This exceptional opportunity is in conjunction with the Governor's Small Business Forums. It supports businesses with fewer than 100 employees, and emphasizes training for new workers. It has the additional ability to upgrade the skills of incumbent works.
About the Program
- Emphasizes training newly hired employees - those who have been hired by the company up to three months prior to the date that TWC receives an application.
- Funds tuition and fees up to $1,450 per newly hired employee and up to $725 per incumbent employee. An individual employee can participate once per 12-month period.
Funding for training is for full-time employees.
- All training must be provided by a public community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). No third-party vendor training is allowed.
- Training must be selected from active course catalogs/schedules - credit, continuing education, on-line or other available unpublished courses.
- May focus on training for occupations within the Governor's six targeted Industry Clusters: Aerospace and Defense; Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing; Biotechnology and Life Science; Energy; Petroleum Refining and Chemical Products; and Information and Computer Technology.
- May also emphasize training in occupations targeted by Local Workforce Development Boards.
Employers must pay the prevailing wages in the local labor market for the trainees funded under the grant.
How to Apply
- Identify new or incumbent employees to be trained.
- Identify each employee's job/occupation title and corresponding Standard Occupational Classification Code.
- Identify employee's wages. Wages must meet prevailing wage for the area where the business is located.
- Identify the 2-year Community or Technical College nearest business' location.
- Select training course(s) from the regular credit, continuing education and/or on-line course catalogs (PDF).
- Determine the business' industry cluster. Skills for Small Business focuses on training for occupations in Governor Rick Perry's six high-growth, high-demand Industry Clusters that are critical to state and local economies. The Industry Clusters include:
- Aerospace and Defense;
- Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing;
- Biotechnology and Life Science;
- Petroleum Refining and Chemical Products; and
- Information and Computer Technology