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Community Development Block Grants - WorkforceTraining

Growing Communities in South Dakota

The state’s CDBG program is funded through an annual formula allocation from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program allows the state to fund a variety of different projects in small cities and rural areas. All projects must meet one of HUD’s national objectives, with the primary objective to benefit people of low-moderate income (LMI.)

The Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) will consider applications related to proposals for funding projects that involve job training for individuals who meet the low-to-moderate (LMI) requirements. An Incorporated CIty of County must be the recipient of a grant and use the funds to provide training to individuals. The training must either be a new service or significant increase in an existing service offered. Also, there must be job opening to constitute the need for the training.

Annual Allocation for Job Training Grants

  1. A maximum of 15% of GOED's annual allocation can be utilized for eligible Job Training activities.
  2. GOED can accept applications for Job Training activities at any time.

Job Training Grant Program Guidelines

  1. Any reasonable job training expenditures, predominantly benefitting low and moderate-income persons, will likely result in a full-time employment position in South Dakota immediately upon completion of training.
  2. Applications must demonstrate a compelling case for funding by addressing the specific elements in their training plans. A breakdown of the use of training funds must be included in the application.
  3. The maximum grant amount for each trainee is $5,000. The maximum amount for the following expenditures is $100,000:
    • Purchase or lease furnishing, equipment, or the personal property needed for trainin. The length of the training program must be a term of one year or less.
  4. The length of the training program must be a term of one year or less.
  5. The GOED will evaluate each proposal on a case-by-case basis. The funding decision will be based on the level of benefit and impact to low and moderate-income individuals. The key area include: the kind of training offered; opportunities for employment; and job benefits from potential employers in the area.