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Government Grants for Training

Updated on May 24, 2010

You may have noticed that the economy is always changing and industries come and go.  People that have been working in industries for most of their lives come to find out they aren’t needed anymore because that industry is winding down. These workers may have only developed very specialized skill sets which they cannot transfer to other industries.  In order to help these workers, the government gives government grants for training to these people.  These are grants that the government gives to people to allow them to go back to school to get training.  People can get more training in their current field or they may want to look into a new field altogether.

A great thing about government grants for training is that you don’t need to repay them unlike loans.  That way you don’t need to use your own money to get training and you don’t need to borrow money either.  There are many different types of training grants.  One of them would be the Pell Grant.  This grant allows you to go back to school to get a degree.  Application of this grant is through FAFSA.  Fill out the FAFSA and the government will determine if you qualify for a Pell Grant. 

You can also search for other government grants for training through the government grants website.  Just look for the grants in the specific industry that you wish to pursue training in.  Along with federal grants, don’t forget to check out state grants or even local government training grants.  Look into the training program or school in which you want to apply to and find out if they know of training grants that you can apply to.  Also, there are online services that can help you find and apply to training grants for a fee. 

You may need to write a grant proposal for these grants.  If you feel that you cannot write up a proposal, don’t let that stop you.  You can hire people to help you write grant proposals.  Once you get your government grant for training, you’ve taken the first step in investing in yourself.


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