Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants

The State of Wisconsin's $30 million investment in the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) grant program is a nationally recognized, innovative talent development solution driven by Wisconsin businesses to train and retain highly skilled workers. Over $18 million in WFF grant contracts has been issued to date, supporting nearly 200 worker training projects and benefitting hundreds of employers and thousands of workers across Wisconsin.

WFF is administered by the Office of Skills Development through a transparent and accountable process. Grant funds support short- and medium-term employer-led worker training projects that:

  • Encourage increased collaboration between Wisconsin businesses and workforce training partners
  • Fill current and ongoing skill requirements of Wisconsin employers
  • Place workers in long-term positions with opportunities for professional growth and economic advancement.

Available Grants

Worker Training Grants for Wisconsin Construction Trades and Related Occupations: (FF171CL1)
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)
Deadline: March 03, 2017 at 11:59 PM

Worker Training Grants for Wisconsin Small Business Occupations: (FF171BS1)
Company size: 50 full-time employees or less
Award amount: $5,000 to $50,000
Match: $ .50:$1 ($ .50 applicant / $1 WFF)
Deadline: March 03, 2017 at 11:59 PM

Review archived GPAs here:

2016 GPAs

Worker Training for Manufacturing Occupations: (FF164ML1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Workforce Development for City of Milwaukee Residents: (FF164GL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $200,000
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

2015 GPSs

Manufacturing and Related Occupations: (FF152ML1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Financial Services and Related Occupations: (FF152FL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Information Technology, Systems Security, Data Analytics, and Related Occupations: (FF152IL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Human Services, Customer Service, and Related Occupations: (FF152BL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Health Science, Health Care, and Related Occupations: (FF152HL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1 : $1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF grant)

Architecture, Construction, and Related Occupations: (FF152CL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Transportation, Logistics, Distribution, and Related Occupations: (FF152TL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources, and Related Occupations: (FF152AL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1 : $1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF grant)

Wisconsin Small Business Occupations: (FF152BS1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: 50 full-time employees or less
Award amount: $5,000 to $50,000
Match: $ .50 : $1 ( $ .50 applicant / $1 WFF grant)

2014 GPAs

Wisconsin Small Businesses: (FF143BS1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: 50 full-time employees or less
Award amount: $5,000 to $50,000
Application: short form
Match: $ .50 : $1 (applicant provides half of the WFF grant amount)

Manufacturing Occupations: (FF143ML1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Construction Trades and Related Occupations: (FF143CL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Transportation, Logistics and Distribution Occupations: (FF143TL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Financial Services Occupations: (FF143FL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Information Technology Occupations: (FF143IL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Customer Service Occupations: (FF143BL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Health Care and Related Occupations: (FF143HL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1 : $1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF grant)

Agriculture and Related Occupations: (FF143AL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1 : $1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF grant)

Wisconsin Small Businesses: (FF141BS1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: 50 full-time employees or less
Total funding set-aside: $500,000
Award amount: $5,000 to $25,000
Application: short form
Match: $ .50 : $1 (applicant provides half of the WFF grant amount)

Manufacturing Occupations: (FF141ML1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Total funding set-aside: $1,000,000
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Construction Trades and Related Occupations: (FF141CL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Total funding set-aside: $500,000
Award amount: $5,000 to $75,000
Application: long form
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution Occupations: (FF141TL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Total funding set-aside: $1,000,000
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Financial Services Occupations: (FF141FL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Total funding set-aside: $1,000,000
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Information Technology Occupations: (FF141IL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Total funding set-aside: $1,500,000
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)

Health Care and Related Occupations: (FF141HL1)
Status: Closed to New Applications
Company size: any
Total funding set-aside: $2,000,000
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Application: long form
Match: $1 : $1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF grant)

2013 GPAs

Grant Available for Small Wisconsin Manufacturers
Status: Closed to New Applications
Funds Allocated: $400,000
Grant Amount: $5,000 to $50,000
Match: $0.50 Applicant/$1.00 Grant
Eligible Applicants: Manufacturing companies with 50 or fewer employees
Eligible Trainees: Unemployed, Underemployed, or Incumbent Workers

Grant Available for Wisconsin Manufacturers
Status: Closed to New Applications
Funds Allocated: $1,000,000
Grant Amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1.00 Applicant/$1.00 Grant
Eligible Applicants: Manufacturing companies
Eligible Trainees: Unemployed, Underemployed, or Incumbent Workers

Grant Available for Wisconsin Construction Industry
Status: Closed to New Applications
Funds Allocated: $300,000
Grant Amount: $5,000 to $50,000
Match: $0.50 Applicant/$1.00 Grant
Eligible Applicants: Construction companies
Eligible Trainees: Unemployed, Underemployed, or Incumbent Workers

Grant Available for Customer Service Representative Training
Status: Closed to New Applications
Funds Allocated: $1,000,000
Grant Amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1.00 Applicant/$1.00 Grant
Eligible Applicants: Customer Service Occupations
Eligible Trainees: Unemployed, Underemployed, or Incumbent Workers

Read grant award summaries to learn more about WFF-funded projects.

Administration Tools for Grantees

OSD provides Grant Administration training opportunities to new and existing grantees after new grant awards are announced. Grantees are encouraged to use the Grant Administration Handbook resources below to effectively manage grant projects:

Application Information

Communication

Financial Management

Reporting

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