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What is the legislation behind the Job Training Fund?

Click here for the law defining the Job Training Fund.
Click here to learn more about the Rules of the Job Training Fund.

 

Who is eligible for the Job Training Fund?

The Job Training Fund is eligible to businesses located in New Hampshire and businesses intending to locate in the State, and who pay quarterly taxes into the NH Unemployment Trust Fund. Businesses that make voluntary (reimbursable) contributions are not eligible. Local, county and state political subdivisions are not eligible for the program. Temporary worker agencies will be categorized as the employer of record if thy are contracting with a company to supply temporary workers, and as such must meet the requirements of a company in good standing. The temporary worker agency must be included in the application.

Who can do the training?

The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) is the "vendor of first resort" and Job Training Fund applicant companies must first review their training needs with their local community college. All potential Job Training Fund applicants must first contact Mr. Phil Przybyszweski at 603-206-8185 or pprzybyszweski@ccsnh.edu.

What training is allowed by the Job Training Fund?

Training programs may include, but shall not be limited to: structured, on-site laboratory or classroom training; basic skills; technical skills; quality improvement; safety; management and supervision; English as a second language.

Unallowable costs include: Salaries, wages, bonuses, and benefits of employees in training; In-kind contributions; administrative or entertainment expenses; and costs resulting from violation of or failure to comply with federal, state, or local laws and regulations; and costs or portions of costs resulting from training programs completed or started prior to the date of grant approval.
All Program Development Costs must be itemized and such costs are limited to 20 percent of instructor fees.

Funds for training grants shall supplement, and not replace, funds available through existing programs conducted by the business entity, or other public or private training programs. This fund does not cover training programs required by state or federal law, and does not replace established company programs such as tuition reimbursement programs.

Who can be trained?

Employees who are either residents of New Hampshire, or who work at the business that is located or intends to locate within the state, can receive training from the fund.

What is the matching requirement of the grant?

A minimum 1:1 cash match is required. Ineligible matching funds include salaries, wages bonuses and benefits of employees in training; in-kind contributions; administrative or entertainment expenses; and costs resulting from violations of, or failure to comply with federal, state or local laws and regulations.

The minimum grant allowed is $750. The maximum grant that can be requested is $100,000. Any grant award of $70,000 or more has to be approved by the Governor and Executive Council, which will add at least one month to the process before training can begin.

Who decides if a grant is awarded?

A grant application will be reviewed by the grant administrator, the Office of Workforce Opportunity for completeness and accuracy. The application is provided to grant review committee members who will review each grant. At a regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the grant review committee will meet to review the application, and a contact person representing the applicant will attend to answer any questions by the committee. A recommendation regarding funding will be made by the committee to the Commissioner of Resources and Economic Development.

How soon can training begin once a grant is awarded?

It takes approximately one month from the time the grant recommendation is approved by the Commissioner of DRED to when the Office of Attorney General approves a contract that includes signatures from the Commissioner and the Company. No training funded by this program can begin before a fully signed contract between the Job Training Fund and the company is in place. Applicants should consider submitting an application at least two months before actual training will begin.

How are training funds distributed?

Training funds are distributed on a cost-reimbursement basis.

Is a final report required?

The company must submit a training grant evaluation report after completion of the training program. The final evaluation is included in Section II of the contract. A company cannot be accepted for a Job Training Grant unless they have submitted a final evaluation on previous grants.

What are the deadlines for submitting an application?

Applications must be received by the following dates to be considered at the next scheduled meeting of the Job Training Fund Grant Review Committee:

Application Deadline Grant Review Meeting
Friday, December 31, 2015 Friday, January 22, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016 Friday, February 19, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016 Friday, March 18, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016 Friday, April 15, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016 Friday, May 20, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016 Friday, June 17, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016 Friday, July 15, 2016>
Friday, July 22, 2016 Friday, August 19, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016 Friday, September 16, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016 Friday, October 21, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016 Friday, November 18, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Friday, December 16, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016 January 2017 To Be Determined