Train your team and strengthen your business.

We reimburse up to 75%
of employee training costs.


We reimburse up to 75% of employee training costs.

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Grants to Upgrade Employees' Skills

When workers lack needed training, businesses experience skills gaps. A company’s ability to retain workers, grow and prosper can be compromised. Florida’s Incumbent Worker Training grants can help. The program provides grants for continuing education and training of current full-time employees at Florida companies.


With a focus on helping Florida’s small businesses, the grants reimburse companies up to 75 percent for pre-approved training costs. Companies choose their training provider based on the skills needed. Applying online is easy and approval is quick.


Find out what documentation and information you’ll need before applying and check out a sample application now.
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Benefits for your business.

A win-win situation for you and your employees.

For Businesses

Increased Competitiveness

Skilled Workforce

Increased Productivity

Increased Profits

Company Growth

Reduced Turnover

For Employees

Advance Opportunities

Increased Job Opportunities

Industry-Recognized Credentials

Transferrable Skills

Job Retention

Skilled Workforce

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Targeted Training Services

Companies can be reimbursed for employee training that’s focused on industry or business-specific skills, technical or computer skills, or foundational such as leadership, teamwork and management. Preference may be given to training that represents significant skills upgrades for employees and/or the greatest potential for impacting the business’ competitiveness.

This grant program enabled our small company to afford the training necessary to obtain the certification for our company. This certification is very important for us to be able to grow and compete.

– Wire & Cable Specialties, Inc.

Incumbent Worker Training has helped more than 3,000 businesses strengthen more than 200,000 employees’ skills over the past two decades.

Rural Business Spotlight: Training Provides a Competitive Edge


Hilomast managers had a big goal for their small company in Debary, Florida: To produce the most reliable telescopic mast and equipment on the market. They turned to CareerSource Florida for training resources to help improve their internal auditing processes. An Incumbent Worker Training grant enabled Hilomast to train its employees in the skills needed to obtain a rigorous international certification that gives the company credibility worldwide.
“The opportunity that CareerSource Florida provides is amazing especially for a small business like Hilomast.”
– Bruce Sousa, General Manager
“CareerSource Florida helped us obtain the grant and they helped us maintain the grant. Obtaining that certification is not easy. For a small business, it’s something to really be proud of.”
– Rick Stickney, Special Projects Manager


Most companies that apply for funding will be eligible for reimbursement of up to 50 percent of their direct training costs. Companies that meet specific criteria, like having 25 or fewer employees or those located in a rural area/county, distressed area, brownfield or hub zone may be eligible for reimbursement of up to 75 percent.

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Available Funding and Maximum Award Amount

From July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, the maximum amount a company can receive through an Incumbent Worker Training grant is $50,000. If a company has more than one location in the state of Florida, operating under different Federal Employer Identification Numbers (FEIN), each location will be considered as a separate company and may submit separate grant applications and receive separate awards.