Currently accepting applications Applications are currently open and will remain competitive until all funding is exhausted.

An Employee Training Grant is a reimbursable grant to your business that enables you to train your currently employed workers to keep Pierce County’s workforce competitive and to retain existing business. Reimbursable grants are available for employers that support employee training, leading to quality jobs and workforce equity.

Ensuring your employees have the skills to support and help your business grow is vital to your company’s competitiveness. Investing in training helps your workers gain skills to keep or advance in a job, your company saves money by retaining a valued employee, and the investments improve our community’s long-term growth and competitiveness.

An older black male employee completes an online upskill training course.

Benefits for Employers

  • Support business growth and competitiveness
  • Increase skilled workforce and productivity
  • Employee retention
  • Culture of continuous learning
  • Reduce skill gaps

Benefits for Employees

  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Industry-recognized credentials
  • Professional development and skills growth
  • Support career path


Employers utilizing the fund are required to pay a portion of the cost of the training through cash or in-kind cost match.  Examples of in-kind contributions include employee wages and benefits paid while they participate in training, transportation, lodging, meals, or training facility costs. The employer match requirement is based on training costs and the size of your workforce.  Grants average $15,000 with a cap of $50,000 and an average training cost not to exceed $4,500 per employee.

Organization Size Cost Match %
50 or fewer employees 10% employer cost match
51 to 100 employees 25% employer cost match
101 or more employees 50% employer cost match

Fund Priorities

Funds are available to manufacturing, healthcare, construction and IT/IS/Technology companies and should be used to enhance worker skills in high-demand jobs. If your company is not in one of these sectors, but the positions you wish to fill fall into a high-demand occupation, you may still be eligible.

Applications that meet the criteria listed below will receive priority in the funding selection process.

  • Training that results in a wage increase and/or job advancement for participating employee(s)
  • Proposed training is for occupations that are in high demand in Pierce County
  • Small- to medium-sized businesses with fewer than 100 employees
  • Businesses owned by Women, Minorities, or Veterans
  • Businesses relocating to or expanding within Pierce County
A white female employee sits in a truck after completing an upskill training.

*Training dollars are made available through the U.S. Department of Labor.  As such, there is required documentation, some of which includes the release of personal identifying information (social security number and date of birth).  All personal identifying information is kept secure. Failure to provide such information will result in withholding of training funds. 

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