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Self Sufficiency Fund - Program Overview

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The Self Sufficiency Fund provides training grants for industry recognized certificates and credentials that lead to permanent full-time employment.

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Older man training younger manThe Self Sufficiency Fund provides training grants to community-based organizations 501(c )(3) and public community and technical colleges who delivers occupational training that must lead to an acceptable industry recognized certification for adult recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or individuals who are At-Risk of becoming dependent on public assistance and individuals earning less than $37,000 annually with a dependent child (custodial or non-custodial).

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About the Program

  • Training must lead to an acceptable industry-recognized certificate or credential
  • Training must be provided within the Governor’s targeted industry clusters: Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defense, Biotechnology and Life Science, Information and Computer Technology, Logistics and Transportation, Petroleum Refining and Chemical Products, and Energy
  • Training must focus on core, ancillary or support occupations that establishes a career path toward higher-level occupations
  • Applicants may receive up to $500,000 for projects
  • Target cost is $2500 per trainee
  • Funding may include tuition, training materials, certification fees, books and consumable supplies
  • Letters of support from local businesses are required to indicate job-skills training offered in the project
  • Job placement for participants may be with any employer
  • Projects include strong collaboration with the Workforce Development Boards and Workforce Solutions Offices to assist with identifying eligible participants

TWC’s Outreach and Employer Initiatives division assists with the Self-Sufficiency Fund projects by:

  • Helping with the development of a quality proposal
  • Conducting preliminary reviews of draft proposals prior to submission
  • Providing technical assistance and guidance throughout the application process

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Authority & Funding

The Self Sufficiency program is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, in partnership with public community and technical colleges, a higher education extension service, and community-based organizations, and is governed by the following rules and regulations:

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