Workforce Training Fund: Hiring Incentive Training Grant Program

The Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG) provides cash grants to employers to hire Massachusetts residents who have been unemployed for 6 months or more, or Massachusetts residents who are military veterans (regardless of length of unemployment). 
How it Works
Eligible employers may apply for grants of $5,000 for each new hire who meets program requirements. Employers may receive up to $40,000 each calendar year. Once approved, payment will be available to the employer once the new hire has retained employment for at least 180 days. At a minimum, a new hire must earn $7,000 (gross earnings) during the 180 day retention period.
Download the HITG Brochure (updated 8.2014)
 
Eligibility Requirements
 
Employers:  To qualify for HITG, employers must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be in good standing with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue;
  • Must be current with all obligations to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including but not limited to Unemployment Insurance payments and Workers Compensation coverage requirements;
  • Must not be a unit of local, state, or federal government;
  • Must not be debarred from doing business with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the Federal Government; AND
  • Must contribute to the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund. (Please Note: All for-profit companies and some non-profit organizations contribute to the WTF. To confirm eligibility, please contact us using the information below.)
 
Employee:  To qualify for HITG, new hires must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be a Massachusetts resident;
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a new employee on company payroll (Please note: Additional restrictions may apply to seasonal workers.);
  • Must not be a company owner (full or partial) or a relative of any owners of the company; AND
  • Must be either:
    • Any Massachusetts resident who has been unemployed for at least 6 months prior to the start of employment,  OR
    • A Massachusetts resident who is a military veteran, regardless of length of unemployment (proof of service required).
 
How to Apply
1. Complete an online application no later than 60 days after the new hire start date, including uploading the following documentation:
2. Submit all additional documentation including:
- A Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (must be less than 6 months old).
- Submit a New Hire Eligibility Determination Form for each new-trainee hire. (must be signed by an individual who has responsibility for making hiring decisions for the organization.)
- If applicable, one of the following proof of military service: DD-214, Letter of Service from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or Letter from the National Personnel Records Center.
3. Once an application is approved a form will be provided to document retention and request payment.
 
Frequently Asked Questions 
Please note new policy changes went into effect on August 15, 2014. Download a summary of the changes.
 
Disclaimer: Grant awards and amount are subject to funding availability. Information provided above seeks to summarize important information.  Additional guidelines, restrictions and requirements may apply.
 
Additional Information & Assistance
If you have any questions about the HITG program or application process, please contact:
HITG Program, Workforce Training Fund
Commonwealth Corporation
Two Oliver Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
617.717.6912
hitg@commcorp.org