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Upper Savannah Council of Governments
Workforce Development Division
Incumbent Worker Training
Grant Announcement
2015 - 2016

The Upper Savannah Council of Governments Workforce Development Division is now accepting applications for Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Grants. The IWT grant provides training needed in current businesses due to expansion, new technology, retooling, new services/product lines and new organizational structuring or as part of a layoff aversion strategy. IWT may also fund training in new businesses if those jobs are ineligible for assistance through ReadySC. However, there will be a waiting period for 120 days for new or expanding businesses that displaced workers elsewhere in the United States.

A total of $42,552 is available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for businesses in the counties of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda. Businesses applying for funding must have at least one full-time employee and be current on all state tax obligations. Training Entities, City, County and State Governments are ineligible to apply.

Third party brokers (Consortia) may apply for funding on behalf of employers. Consortia may include business associations, industry councils, chambers of commerce, downtown development corporations, etc.

A business must provide a matching contribution to the project based on the size of the business. Funding is limited to $6,000 per business/consortia. This amount includes match.

Upper Savannah Council of Governments will contract with the selected business/consortia to write an agreement for the training. Costs will be reimbursed after the business provides the training services specified in the contract. Reimbursable training expenses include instructor/trainers salaries, textbooks/manuals, and consumable materials/supplies. Periodic safety and/or refresher courses cannot be funded.

Application Deadline Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Applications submitted after this date will be held for consideration in the future if funding becomes available. Applications should be submitted to, fax to 864.941.8090 or mailed to:

Upper Savannah Workforce Development Division
Attn: Tommy Goode
430 Helix Road
Greenwood, SC 29646

To request a copy of the application, contact Upper Savannah workforce staff at (864) 941-8050 or

IWT Guidelines
IWT Program Application