The Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) program is a grant funding resource, helping to off-set a portion of skills-based training costs for incumbent (existing) workers employed by Montana's small business. Businesses must demonstrate training will increase the worker's skill-level, result in a promotion or wage gain, or expand their business market/increase business revenue, with the intent of preserving existing jobs for Montana residents. 

Small business is defined as private sector, for-profit and non-profits, operating year-round, with no more than 50 employees statewide.

Applications should be submitted at least 20-days prior to the training start date.  Applications must be approved before training begins.

Grant caps are tiered, based on the number of hours an eligible employee works:

  • 20-34 hours a week year-round $1,000
  • 35+ hours a week year-round $2,000

To review specifics about eligibility and to see if your organization meets minimum qualifications, please visit

Grant funding is allocated to the Montana Department of Labor & Industry (MDLI) on a State Fiscal Year (July 1st - June 30th) and is available on a first-come first-served basis. Funding is allocated to MDLI at the discretion of the Montana Legislature and is not guaranteed. 

Refer to the Regulations Link: MCA and ARM for criteria, rulemaking, requirements, processes, evaluation/limitations, claims and appeals.

Montana Department of Labor and Industry