Finger Lakes Wired Scholarship Program - Funding Available for Employee Training

Feb 28, 2008

The United States Department of Labor has made available Federal grant funds to businesses in the nine-county Finger Lakes Region (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca and Yates counties) to upgrade the skills of their workforce in order to meet the demands of emerging industries.  Emerging Industries are defined as:

Advanced Manufacturing
Alternative Energy
Bio/Life Sciences
Business Services
Engineering, Food & Agriculture
Health Care (including not-for-profit Health Care organizations)
Information Technology

Businesses in these industries are also encouraged to apply for up to $25,000 in training funds to

1)    Develop management competencies of mid - senior level Managers

2)    Develop technical/occupational skill competencies of their employed workers or

3)    Implement process or productivity improvement initiatives (such as Lean, ISO, Six Sigma, Sarbanes Oxley, etc). 

Training should be completed within 6 (six) months, and should lead to the acquisition of industry-recognized certifications/credentials, supervisory and managerial skills training, process/productivity improvement, and-or in-demand technical and occupational skills.

Applicants are required to provide matching funds equal to the amount of funds requested.  Funds are awarded through a contract process.  Reimbursement payments can be made on an incremental basis or after the completion of the training project based on expenditures and supporting documentation. 

Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis and awards made through a contract process until funds are exhausted.  Depending on the volume of applications received, the approval process may take up to 2 weeks.  Applications should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the beginning of training.

For more information and to receive an application, please contact Claudia Burcke at 585-258-3541 or email