Apprenticeship Grants

Key information regarding the upcoming 21/22 Apprenticeship school year.

  • The State will reimburse you for 100 percent of a first-year apprentice.
  • To fill out the application, you will need the dates for the school year and the tuition rates (both attached in this email). You will also need our program registration number which is 002.
    • A more detailed schedule, that will determine which days your apprentice will be attending classes (M/W or T/Th), will be coming out in the next several weeks.
  • For 2nd, 3rd and 4th year apprentices, the State also provides up to 50 percent funding.
    • For more information on this grant please click this link: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/mbw.shtml
    • The State has $500k in this fund so please move quickly.
    • The State requests that this grant application be submitted 30-45 days prior to the start of apprenticeship classes

* MD Labor’s Related Instruction Reimbursement Fund.

PURPOSE
MD Labor is allocating $699,226.39 of its State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant to create the Related Instruction Reimbursement Program. The program allows Registered Apprenticeship sponsors and participating/signatory employers to offset the cost of registering new Registered Apprentices by allowing a reimbursement for the actual cost of Related Instruction up to a maximum of $3,000 per new Registered Apprentice, until program funds are exhausted. These funds are also accessible for Youth and/or School-to-Apprentices to utilize as a supportive service to pay any actual costs associated with becoming a Registered Apprentice.

ELIGIBILITY AND OUTREACH
To be eligible for the Related Instruction Reimbursement Program, an employer must:
A. Be a Registered Apprenticeship sponsor OR a participating/signatory employer with a Registered Apprenticeship sponsor.
B. Be in good standing with the State.
C. Register the Registered Apprentice(s) prior to any award being made.
D. Provide proof of payment for Related Instruction class(es); and
E. Pay the full cost of the Registered Apprentice’s Related Instruction.

The Related Instruction Reimbursement Program only applies to new Registered Apprentices. Employers may not request reimbursement for previously registered Apprentices. 
The State will not reimburse an employer via Related Instruction Reimbursement Program funds if the business requires the Registered Apprentice to pay for training costs.

ALLOWABLE COSTS
The Related Instruction Reimbursement Program only covers employer’s actual costs for Related Instruction, not to include costs paid by other grant funding streams, by the Registered Apprentice, etc. Related Instruction costs may include tuition, fees, and books. Food and drink are not allowable costs under this grant.

Application Submission
To apply for funding through the Related Instruction Reimbursement Program, a business must first complete the application provided in Exhibit A – Sample Application: Related Instruction Reimbursement Program. Eligible businesses should submit completed applications electronically to dlmatpapprenticeshipandtraining-labor@maryland.gov for consideration by the Review Team. To be considered for Related Instruction Reimbursement Program funding, applications must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the start of training. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis.

A link to the Excel application for this funding opportunity is provided below.  

http://www.labor.maryland.gov/employment/appr/apprgrantexpexibita.xlsx

Additionally, below is a link to the complete Policy Issuance outlining the specifics of the program.  

http://www.labor.maryland.gov/employment/mpi/mpi2-20.pdf

If you have additional questions on these funding opportunities, please email Jeff Smith