Existing Industry Training Program (EITP)

Grant Guidelines

The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Workforce Development Division is seeking applications for projects to serve the training needs of existing industry.  The following are the guidelines for the Existing Industry Training Program (EITP) in partnership with the Regional Workforce Councils (RWC).  This program is designed to provide assistance to Alabama employers for expenses associated with skills upgrade training of their full-time, permanent company employees.

Training can include, but is not limited to, industry or company-specific work skills, safety, technical computer skills, new manufacturing technologies, equipment operation training, changes in production processes, and “soft skills”, such as leadership, teamwork, communication, and management skills.

The maximum funding award for a training project for one specific company is $15,000. Each company location applying must show the matching dollar-for-dollar leveraged / contributions for the funds requested.  Company contributions may include trainee wages and benefits paid during the training period, equipment purchased for training, training materials and supplies, training curriculum development expenses, travel, meals, and lodging costs. All Alabama companies that meet the following requirements may apply:



Be “for-profit” (as an exception, applications for skills upgrade training of “non-profit” hospital employees will be accepted).


Have at least one full-time, permanent employee, other than the owner of the business.


Request a training program that provides for new and/or upgraded job skills that are necessary for the company to maintain or increase competitiveness and/or work skills for the participating employees.


Demonstrate the benefit that the training will have for business operations and identify the skills that will be acquired by the employees.


Include clear and measurable performance outcomes in the application.



Training Providers, Labor Unions, or Government Entities.

Existing Industry Training Program (EITP)

Project Specifications


  • Must be coordinated through an ACCS entity, whether training is conducted by the college institution or by a third-party training provider. The Alabama Technology Network (ATN) is considered an ACCS entity for the purposes of this grant opportunity and may act as both fiscal agent and training provider.
  • Can be conducted at the business’s facility, the training provider’s facility, or a combination of sites.
  • Can be occupational skills training designed to meet special requirements of a business or industry.
  • Can be educational training, other than degreed programs, such as workplace literacy, basic skills, and “soft” skills.


  • Non-company, professional instructor’s/trainer’s fees.
  • Tuition costs for training courses or programs.
  • Textbooks/manuals directly related to training.
  • Expendable materials and supplies directly related to training.


  • Trainee (employee) wages.
  • Travel, food, or lodging expenses related to program participants and/or trainers.
  • Purchase of capital equipment or other durable (long lasting/reusable) training materials/equipment.
  • Capital improvements and purchase of real estate, to include the construction or renovation of facilities.
  • Purchase of any item or service that may be used outside of the training project.
  • Any training-related expenses incurred before project approval or beyond the ending date of the agreement.
  • Any training currently being offered by the employer.
  • Business-related expenses.
  • Training costs associated with professional fields in which continuous education is necessary to retain professional certification, such as Certified Public Accountants, degreed medical professionals, insurance providers, attorneys, etc.
  • Training which would result in advanced degrees such as associate, bachelor, master, or doctorate.
  • Any costs not approved in the final agreement.


The Proposal Review Committee (PRC) for EITP grants will be comprised of the regional workforce council liaisons. In order to be responsive to the needs of business and industry, the committee will convene as needed.   PRC members are subject to the provisions contained in the statement of non-disclosure and conflict of interest for each application for funding that is reviewed.

The PRC members will score each application and assign an overall score. The overall score is based on the percentage of the total maximum points applicable to the application as assigned by the PRC.  Evaluation criteria and the maximum points possible per subcategory are listed on the Proposal Review Committee – Individual Committee Member Score Sheet.


  • Requests to make changes to the use of funding must be in writing and approved by the ACCS.
  • Modifications to the training must be approved by the ACCS prior to implementing changes.
  • Accurate records must be maintained to document the training activities and reimbursement requests.
  • Reimbursement requests must be submitted with supporting documentation, including evidence that the training expenses were in accordance with the terms of the agreement.
  • Funds not expended by the grant expiration date may be retained by the ACCS.
  • Extension of expiration date may be requested and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • The Monthly Remittance Request must include:
    • Copy of paid trainer (college, private vendor, etc.) invoice. The invoice should include the date(s) and type(s) of training that was provided.
    • For each training session, a copy of the roster, which includes the trainees’ names and their employer, is required. The date(s) and type(s) of training should be noted on each roster submitted. The roster should include the signature of the trainer or employer certifying that the listed employees participated in the training.


  1. Applications for funds must be received by the ACCS Workforce Development Division in the prescribed format using the ACCS on-line form.
  2. Upon submittal, a notification of receipt will be generated to the contact person’s email as entered in the on-line form.
  3. ACCS will conduct a preliminary review of applications for completeness.
  4. ACCS will forward applications to the Proposal Review Committee for scoring and recommendations.
  5. Upon final approval, the ACCS Workforce Development Division will submit to the applicant a Notification of Award and a Grant Agreement that provides details regarding appropriate accounting and compliance practices.

Ready to Apply!

Applicants should be prepared to respond to the on-line application questions as specified, as well as complete appropriate forms and attach applicable documents as indicated below:

Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act (Protection Act)

As a condition of any funds awarded, the grantee agrees to comply with the terms of the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act and any subsequent amendments.  It is the responsibility of the fiscal agent to ensure compliance of this Act by all sub-grantees.

For more information about this grant opportunity, contact Tara Brown, Grant Manager at [email protected]. 

Questions? Contact Us.

Barry May

Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development

(O) 334-293-4707

(C)  334-590-6390

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Tara Brown

Workforce Grants Manager


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Elizabeth Strickland

Workforce Coordinator


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