Self-Sufficiency Fund for Employers


Self Sufficiency Fund

The Self-Sufficiency Fund program assists businesses and trade unions by financing the development and implementation of customized job-training projects for new and current workers. Self-Sufficiency Fund grants deliver businesses customized training solutions that support workforce hiring efforts and skills upgrading for current workers. The purpose of the Self-Sufficiency Fund is to provide training for targeted employment opportunities, primarily for adult Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients as well as those individuals at risk of becoming dependent on public assistance.

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Becoming a Partner

The Self-Sufficiency Fund provides grants for customized training programs. The training helps develop motivated and skilled candidates for businesses seeking qualified employees. Grants pay for training programs customized to meet the expressed needs of business partners.

Self-Sufficiency Fund business partners:

  • Recruit from a pool of qualified job applicants who have been trained to meet specific needs.
  • Fill entry- to mid-level positions with candidates trained with in-demand occupational skills.
  • Receive ongoing support throughout training to employment from a team of local Workforce Solutions experts to ensure that eligible trainees successfully transition into the training program and workforce.
  • Develop a longstanding relationship with the training provider after the grant period so that customized curriculum may be delivered to new groups of trainees/employees in the future.

To be considered for a grant, the private for-profit business, private nonprofit hospital, business consortium or trade union must:

  • Partner with an eligible grant applicant – a public community or technical college, the Texas Engineering Extension Service, or a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) community-based organization.
  • Be actively involved in the planning and design of the customized training.
  • Sign an agreement with the grant applicant outlining each partner’s role and responsibilities in the training project, including reporting requirements related to trainee participation.
  • Provide information on the occupations for training, employment benefits, and trainee wages and Social Security numbers.
  • Use to post job openings.

The goal is that 85 percent of trainees will be hired and continue to work for at least 90 days after the completion of training.

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Grant Award Information

Grant costs may include curriculum development, instructor fees and training materials, and certain work-related expenses for the trainees. Grants are typically for 12 months. Contracts that include one business partner may be limited to a maximum of $500,000.

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Quality Proposals

Quality training projects will match business needs with innovative training solutions. Collaboration between businesses, Workforce Development Boards and training partners is essential for project success. Funding criteria may include:

  • Business commitment to hire successful trainees and to provide employment benefits, including medical benefits. A commitment to help increase the skills levels and wages of trainees.
  • The level of contributions from other resources that are committed to the project, including those from the private partners.

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In addition to identifying your training needs and the number of employees to be trained, you must provide information about your business. The specific items required from the participating employers are identified in the Private Partner Information form below. This form is a required component of a complete proposal submission.

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