The Self Sufficiency Fund provides training grants to community and technical colleges and community-based organizations 501(c )(3) who delivers occupational training that must lead to an acceptable industry recognized certification for adult recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or individuals who are At-Risk of becoming dependent on public assistance, who are: Individuals who are a members of a SNAP household with dependent children; TANF applicants referred to a Workforce Board contractor by the Department of Human Services, or are parents including a non-custodial parent, who make less than $37,000 annually. Texas Work Force Commission (TWC) accepts project proposal submissions throughout the year for training programs that typically last for 12 months.
How the Self Sufficiency Fund Works
Eligible training providers applying for a grant may include nonprofit 501(c)(3) community-based organizations, Texas public community or technical colleges, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Training providers must:
- Gain letters of support from local businesses indicating support of job skills training to be offered in project
- Work closely with the local Workforce Development Board to assist with identifying eligible participants
- Complete and submits grant application to TWC
- Coordinate and deliver training
- Administer the grant
The Self-Sufficiency Fund pays for curriculum development, instructor fees and certifications, training materials, certain work-related expenses for trainees and some training equipment. Applicants may receive up to $500,000 per proposal.
Training must be provided in one of the following industry clusters. Training may be for core, ancillary or support occupations that establishes a career path toward higher-level occupations.
Target Industry Clusters are:
- Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing
- Aerospace and Defense
- Biotechnology and Life Sciences
- Information and Computer Technology
- Petroleum Refining and Chemical Products
Training can be delivered through a variety of methods including classroom, simulations, online instruction, and on-the-job instruction.
Business partners can be private, for-profit business, nonprofit hospital, or trade union.
TWC accepts project proposal submissions throughout the year for training programs that typically last for 12 months.
Collaboration between training providers, businesses, and Workforce Development Boards is required. Efforts may include:
- Letters of support from the local business indicating the number of job openings and support of job skills training being offered in the project
- Endorsement of the project from the Workforce Development Board
- Contributions from other resources that are committed to the project
The Self Sufficiency Fund provides access to training dollars that will lead to permanent employment opportunities.
- Businesses fill entry to mid-level positions with candidates trained to fill high demand occupations and businesses become more competitive resulting in a strengthened Texas economy
- Participants attain an occupational skill for high demand occupations and receive an industry recognized certification that will result in becoming independent of public assistance
- College partners that participate in the Self Sufficiency Fund training are economic development leaders in their communities
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