Mountain Area Business Accelerator (Incumbent Worker Training Grant – IWTG) Application –
Call for Submission of Grant Applications to Mountain Area Workforce Development Board (MAWDB).
• The Incumbent Worker Training Grant (IWTG) is a competitive, cost reimbursement
training grant through which qualifying businesses can address employees’ skills gaps.
These skills gaps can be a result of a worker’s changing responsibilities/requirements in
her/his job, or for a worker whose job may potentially be eliminated and skill upgrading
is needed to accept new responsibilities. Incumbent worker (IW) training should increase
the knowledge and/or certifications of workers, and increase the competitiveness of the
employee and the employer.
• North Carolina for-profit and not-for-profit businesses with an employer-employee
relationship with at least five or more employees, that have been in operation for a
minimum of one year prior to the Workforce Board’s application date, are current on all
federal and state tax obligations, and are financially viable are eligible to apply.
• IW Training Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The maximum award amount is
up to $10,000 per grant.
• The IW Training Grant is administered through the Mountain Area Workforce
Development Board. Applications are submitted directly to the workforce board. The
board may request additional information or establish supplemental provisions and
requirements for the training applications.
• For each grant application cycle, the MAWDB will set its’ application due date.
• Only complete IW grant applications will be considered for this competitive grant
process. Incomplete applications may be corrected if time allows prior to the due date or
resubmitted the next grant application cycle.
Call for Applications Application Due Date Award Announcement
May 14, 2018 July 31, 2018 September 4, 2018
*Nov. 12, 2018 January 31,2019 March 5, 2019
*Pending funding availability
Who may apply for funds? Any private for-profit or private non-profit business that has five or more employees, been in operation in the State of North Carolina during the entire twelve-month period immediately preceding the date of application, is current on all federal and state tax obligations and that proposes training at a facility it operates that is located in the State may apply. State agencies, local community colleges, labor unions and training providers are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.