The Veterans Florida Business Training Grant Program, is designed to increase the competitiveness of Florida businesses in the global economy by providing a trained, skilled workforce from the pool of Florida’s military veteran population. The business benefits of hiring military veterans are well documented, and the economic impact of the veteran workforce continues to rise.The Veterans Florida Business Training Grant program provides grant funding for customized, skills-based curriculum development and training, through partial reimbursement, to businesses in Florida’s targeted, high-growth and high-wage industries (qualified targeted industries). These are high-skill industries producing goods or services and wages generally 125 percent above state or local wages.
The Veterans Florida Business Training Grant application process is designed as a collaborative effort between the business requesting training, Veterans Florida, and high-skilled training providers.
The program is a state-funded grant program that provides funding to qualifying businesses to train their new, full-time employees. Funding is provided in the form of a performance-based reimbursable grant, for a 12-month maximum term per new employee. A business pays for pre-approved, direct training-related costs and is reimbursed by Veterans Florida upon submission of required documentation.
A business may apply for and receive funds concurrently with the Quick Response Training Program administered by CareerSource Florida. Note: A business does not need to be new, expanding, or creating net new jobs to apply for and receive funds from the Veterans Florida Business Training Grant Program. Such situations are requirements under the Quick Response Training Program.
The total amount of funding available for the Veterans Florida Business Training Grant program in 2016-2017 is $1 million. Applications for certifications and for funding are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until available funding has been awarded. Funding is provided on a per veteran employee hired and trained basis, with a maximum of $8000 per employee trained. A notification will be posted on veteransflorida.org when funds are no longer available.