Adult and Dislocated Worker Funds for Training
Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA)
If you are 18 or older,
Out of school and not enrolled in school or a training program, and
Make less than the self-sufficiency wage;
You may be eligible for funding for training.
There are other eligibility criteria as well:
- Complete the Genesee County Job Development WIOA Scholarship Application Link to WIOA Scholarship Application
- Register for Career Center Services (complete ES100 and submit to the Career Center, or update information if it has been awhile (complete ES101) Link to Career Center Registration (ES100)
- Demonstrate a need to upgrade your skills to find a job or advance in your job. The grant is based mainly on whether you can show that you need the training to find suitable, full-time work
- WIOA funds can only be used for training that is linked to employment opportunities in the local labor market. See the list of demand occupations. Link to Finger Lakes Region Demand (Priority) Occupations List
- You must demonstrate suitablity for the training and the career you are applying for and have the skills and qualifications to successfully complete the selected training program. If a school has specific entrance requirements, you must meet those requirements in order to be approved for WIOA funds.
- WIOA funds can only be used if an individual is unable to get grant assistance from any other sources to pay for training. This includes sources such as State-training funds, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Federal Pell Grants, TAP Grants, and employer-sponsored training allowances.
- Currently be earning less than $25 per hour, if employed
- Priority is given to Veterans, Eligible Spouses of Veterans, and individuals receiving public assistance
- The grant can cover training costs at many area colleges, universities, vocational schools, and training institutions
- Currently there is a locally established limit of $3,000 for those who qualify as adults or dislocated workers under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (amount subject to change depending on availability of funds)
- Training must be provided at school or program approved by NYS (see ETPL) for eligible training providers Link to ETPL . If the training you are interested in is not on the ETPL, please contact us for assistance.
- There is paperwork and supporting documentation that you must submit at intake along with completing assessment testing
- Training programs that have already started or are starting within 2 weeks are not eligible for funding. Since the approval process takes a little time, all paperwork needs to be returned to your counselor at least 2 weeks before the start of training. You should contact us at least one month prior to training to ensure all necessary requirements are met in time
- Our funding is limited and decisions are based on projected success and need of applicants
- Funding for training is not guaranteed even if all paperwork is returned
- Your application for training funds will be reviewed and a decision will be made based on a number of factors including: need for funding, prior experience and skills, completeness & timeliness of paperwork, review of assessments, related records & documentation, and availability of funds
- Training must result in a recognized certificate, license, or diploma. (We do not fund single classes like a two-week training in Excel)
- Master Degree Programs cannot be funded
- Self-directed / on-line training is not eligible for funding
- We will assist you for 12 months after training completion, the goal is that you will be successfully employed and we will provide support and follow-up services
Please note: All guidelines and funding are subject to change at any time based on local WDB policy changes and the availability of WIOA funds.