Leadership Lab

Put Those Grant Dollars to Work, Work, Work

Massachusetts wants to help foot your training bill

What if we told you that you could be reimbursed for up to 50% of your leadership training expenses?

Thanks to the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund, your training dollars could be matched dollar for dollar.

The great state of Massachusetts shares our commitment to investing in training our local workforce, and has a dedicated program to reward companies who are developing their next generation of leaders. Many of our program partners have been rewarded with grants that can be used directly towards Exchange and Workshop programs––want in on the action?

“The state’s Workforce Development Grant is an amazing resource that’s given our company multiple opportunities to participate in leadership and development programs with, training and preparing our team for roles with increasing leadership.” — Richard Banfield, CEO of Fresh Tilled Soil. wants to help you secure funding for your team. To that end we’re happy to help you kick off the application process.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You choose the type of training you need for your team
  • There is a simple application process to obtain a grant
  • The state will match your training dollars 1:1
  • Receive up to $250,000 over two years

Have more questions about the process? Just send us a note and we’ll be glad to try to answer your questions and help you choose the training that makes the most sense for your team.

In addition to our popular Exchange program for new managers, we’re offering a series of half-day workshops that qualify for reimbursement under the program. We bring the training directly to your team, and our team of expert facilitators will guide your team through engaging hands-on, collaborative exercises that will elevate leadership throughout your company.

Qualifying Workshops

Have you applied for a MWTF Grant in the past? Interested in learning ho you can get the state of Massachusetts to help fuel your training budget. We’d love to hear from you at

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