NOTICE: Currently Skills Development Fund is only accepting COVID-19 training applications.

The Skills Development Fund is launching a new training initiative to assist businesses across Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and TEEX (Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service) can assist businesses who want to train their workforce. The Skills Development Fund pays for the training.

The Office of Employer Initiatives – Skills Development Fund Outreach and Project Development Team works with businesses and training providers to support application development and submission. The Skills Development Fund and Self-Sufficiency Fund Grants Team provides grant management support.  If you have any questions, please send an email to or reach out to a Regional Representative through the Skills Development Fund Outreach Team MapPDF.

A business, consortium of businesses, or trade union identifies a training need, and then partners with a public community or technical college to fill its specific needs. Businesses work with college partners to submit proposals, develop curricula and conduct training. The Skills Development Fund pays for the training, the college administers the grant, and businesses create new jobs and improve the skills of their current workers.

TWC accepts project proposal submissions throughout the year with each grant typically lasting 12 months.

TWC provides access to a team of highly skilled professionals who provide technical assistance, at no charge, to help streamline the development of projects and proposals. Our team is available to work directly with employers, colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners throughout the life of the project to ensure employers are getting the training their workers need.

The Business Outreach and Project Development Team will:

  • Provide technical assistance
  • Advise and assist partners with developing quality proposals
  • Review “draft” proposals prior to formal submission

Project developers are highly encouraged to take advantage of technical assistance prior to final proposal submission.

As a Texas employer, you are the focus of the Skills Development Fund. You provide two things — a desire to collaborate with the other partners involved with the project and the commitment to see the project through to completion.

To be considered for a Skills Development Fund grant, the private business, business consortium or trade union must:

  • Partner with an eligible grant applicant, which is a public community or technical college, the Texas Engineering Extension Service, or a private, nonprofit community-based organization in partnership with one of those institutions.
  • Be actively involved in the planning and design of the customized training project.
  • Pay wages to the employees who successfully complete the training program that are equal to or greater than the prevailing wage for the occupation in the local labor market.
  • Disclose any other state or federal grant funds sought or awarded for the proposed training project.
  • Sign an agreement with the grant applicant outlining each entity’s roles and responsibilities in the training project, including reporting requirements related to trainee participation.
  • Provide equal employment opportunity documentation as well as information on the occupations for training, employment benefits, wages and social security numbers for trainees.
  • Use to post openings for new workers trained under the project.

Grants for a single business may be limited to $500,000. Tuition, curriculum development, instructor fees and training materials can be included, however, trainee wages, drug testing and certain travel cost and equipment purchases cannot be covered. Contract typically are for 12 months.

During fiscal year 2019, TWC:

  • Awarded 38 Skills Development Fund grants totaling $19,239,852
  • Served 72 Texas businesses
  • Supported the creation of 3,568 new jobs
  • Upgraded the skills of 9,115 workers in existing jobs

Collaboration between businesses, Workforce Development Boards, and economic development and training partners is required. Criteria considered in making funding recommendations include:

  • Positive economic impact on the local region
  • The applicant’s current and past performance on Skills Development Fund grants
  • Equitable geographic distribution of funds
  • Inclusion of small- and medium-sized businesses
  • The fiscal stability of the business partners
  • Cost per trainee in comparison to the state average

In addition to identifying your training needs and the number of employees to be trained, you must provide information about your business. The specific items required from participating employers are identified in the Private Partner Information form below, which is a required component of a complete proposal submission.

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