Right now, across the U.S., government grants are likely available for your automation projects, continuous improvement initiatives, specialized training of your employees, sustainability issues, and in other key categories. However, it’s a daunting task to wade through the literally thousands of sites, links, and organizations on the Internet. We hope this article helps you in your search.

First, please keep in mind that not all assistance flows directly from the federal government to small businesses. Some funds are distributed to state and local governments and agencies, non-profit organizations, and higher learning institutions. These organizations, in turn, distribute the funds, or use them to provide technical or educational assistance on a local level. Funding is also available from private businesses and corporations as well as state and local foundations.

Next, many small-business grant programs are limited to a specific entrepreneur demographic or industry. Funding may also be individual-specific – for example, aimed at businesses owned by veterans, women, mothers, people of color, Native Americans, members of the LGBTQ community, and so on. Finally, when searching through grant options, please note that you may qualify for more than one program. Your challenge will be, as each state has its own unique programs, to find the funding model best suited to your specific print operation and future goals and determine if you are eligible for this financial assistance.


How Significans can help you

Many services we offer may be eligible for federal, state, or local government funding and/or tax credits depending on your type of business and location(s). These include:

  • A Professional Auditthat illustrates current state and future state mapping, an assessment report, technical and development run list, ROI evaluation, consulting and reporting, and more.
  • Training and Employee Development related to workflow management, automation, best practices, and so on. We can even design and tailor a training course for your specific employee and production environment needs.


Navigating Small Business Resources for Grants and Tax Credits

Below are some suggested contacts: for small business consulting and development services, tools and training that may also include grant programs and tax credits.

  • The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration administers skills training grants through Small Business Development Centers and Regional SBA offices. • The U.S. Small Business Administration (sba.gov) provides help with SBA services including funding programs, counseling, etc. SBA officials can also connect you to our partner organizations, lenders, and other groups that help small businesses succeed.
  • Grants.gov, is a database of thousands of small-business grants, with filters to help you narrow your search to those you have the best chance of winning.
  • SAM.gov (formerly the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance). Here, you can use advanced search filters to see grant recipients, or you can view other funding sources such as small-business loans.
  • EPA Grants. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers dozens of grants to small businesses that are trying to improve the environment, particularly in innovative ways. There are grants targeted towards air environmental and water quality, pollution prevention, and more. As printing businesses are trying to improve their brand by becoming less polluting and more sustainable, this is an area worth investigating.
  • The IRS’s Work Opportunity Tax Credit. This federal tax-credit program offers funds to train new employees who meet certain requirements.
  • On the Job Training (OJT). OJT and related programs allow businesses to get to know workers before hiring them permanently and may also include wage subsidies.
  • Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) facilitate local partnerships between businesses and training providers and also provide information on training grants in your community.


Some specific grants for small businesses

  • The Amber Grant Foundation. The foundation awards a $10,000 grant each month and an additional $25,000 grant each December to women entrepreneurs with a compelling story.
  • America’s Seed Fund, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), offers up to $2 million for U.S.-based start-ups and small businesses that are developing innovative technology. Project pitches are accepted on a rolling basis, and official responses from NSF typically take one month.
  • The EnrichHER small business grant help businesses with women in leadership roles get funding for new equipment, new marketing campaigns, or product expansion. This program gives eligible entrepreneurs and businesses $5,000 to help with smaller expenses. There is a $37 application fee.
  • National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) Growth Grants. According to its website, the NASE has distributed over $1,000,000 in grants to its members. Its growth grants provide up to $4,000 to assist with staff training, marketing and more. You must be a member for 90 days before you are eligible to apply.


Employee training and development

With Customized Training and Development Services from Significans Automation, you can do more with the equipment and people you already have, invigorate your teams, reduce employee burnout, and future-proof your business. In other words, we can make you self-sufficient when it comes to workflow automation – without the high costs of outside education or general courses. The good news is that, depending on your business profile and the state you operate in, may be eligible for government funding.

Here are some state-by-state training initiatives that offer a variety of services to help with employee acquisition, training, and other hiring initiatives – and depending on your location, tax incentives and funding as well:

ALABAMA: Alabama’s Workforce Training Program (AIDT)

ALASKA: State Training and Employment Program

ARIZONA: Arizona Job Training Program

ARKANSAS: Existing Workforce Training Program (EWTP)

CALIFORNIA: The Employment Training Panel (ETP)

COLORADO: Colorado First and Existing Industry Training Funds

CONNECTICUT: Incumbent Worker Training Program

DELAWARE: Blue Collar Training Packet

FLORIDA: Incumbent Worker Training Program

GEORGIA: Retraining Tax Credit

HAWAII: Employment and Training Fund

IDAHO: Customized Training & Job Training for Expanding Businesses

ILLINOIS: The Employer Training Investment Program

INDIANA: Training Acceleration Grant/Skills Enhancement Grant

IOWA: Employee Training Programs

KANSAS: Kansas Industrial Training Program/ Kansas Industrial Retraining Program/ Investments in Major Projects and Comprehensive Training

KENTUCKY: Bluegrass State Skills Corporation/Skills Training Investment Credit Program

LOUISIANA: Incumbent Worker Training Program

MAINE: Maine Quality Centers Governor’s Training Initiative

MARYLAND: Workforce Development

MASSACHUSETTS: Workforce Training Fund

MICHIGAN: Michigan Diversification Strategy – Training Funds

MINNESOTA: Workforce Training Funds

MISSISSIPPI: Workforce Enhancement Training Fund

MISSOURI: New Jobs Training Program/Customized Training Program

MONTANA: Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant

NEBRASKA: Training Programs

NEVADA: Nevada Commission on Economic Development

NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire Job Training Fund

NEW JERSEY: Customized Training Grants

NEW MEXICO: Job Training Incentive Program

NEW YORK: Workforce New York

NORTH CAROLINA: Incumbent Worker Training Program

NORTH DAKOTA: New Jobs Training Program & Workforce 20/20

OHIO: Ohio Workforce Guarantee (OWG)

OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma Green/Grant Funding For Job Creation and Training

OREGON: Employer Workforce Training Fund

PENNSYLVANIA: Customized Job Training and other programs

RHODE ISLAND: Tax Credits and Grants for Training

SOUTH DAKOTA: Customized Skill Training On-the-Job Training (OJT)

SOUTH CAROLINA: Incumbent Worker Training Program

TENNESSEE: Incumbent Worker Training Program

TEXAS: Skills Development Fund

UTAH: On-the-Job Training

VERMONT: Workforce Education and Training Fund

VIRGINIA: Workforce Development Incentives and Resources

WASHINGTON: Customized Training Program

WEST VIRGINIA: Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce Program

WISCONSIN: Customized Labor Training (CLT) Program

WYOMING: Workforce Development Training Fund Program

Good luck in your search for funding and employee training assistance. We hope this article helped.


For a review of your shop’s specific automation and training needs, please call Significans Automation at 1-877-463-4465. You’ll be directed not to a salesperson or a third party, but to one of our regional workflow automation and integration experts who has years of hands-on, production-floor experience.

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