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Tony Evers, Governor
Amy Pechacek, Secretary-designee

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784

Jan. 12, 2023
CONTACT: DWD Communications

Up to $2 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants Now Available to Employers to Train Unemployed, Underemployed, and Existing Workers

MADISON – Employers are now able to apply for the latest round of Wisconsin Fast Forward grants from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Up to $2 million in funding is available to employers who demonstrate a critical need for skilled workers and are seeking training grants to develop and implement a business-led skills training program.

The Fast Forward Program encourages the development of innovative solutions at the local and regional level to bring together employers, educators, workforce development entities, and economic development organizations to meet area workforce needs and increase the economic capacity of area residents.

"Now more than ever, employers are looking for new ways to attract and retain employees," DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said. "The Fast Forward program helps employers use customized training to develop hard skills in new and existing employees. At the same time, it connects trainees to industry-recognized credentials for long-term career growth."

Details on who is eligible to apply, application deadlines and award amounts are available in the Grant Program Announcement.

Eligible applicants include the following:

Deadline to Apply: 3 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023.

Award Amounts: Grant awards range from $5,000 to $400,000 per grantee.

Over the past 10 years, the Wisconsin Fast Forward Program has provided 402 grants to organizations to train more than 31,296 workers. Learn more about the Wisconsin Fast Forward Program.


Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development efficiently delivers effective and inclusive services to meet Wisconsin's diverse workforce needs now and for the future. The department advocates for and invests in the protection and economic advancement of all Wisconsin workers, employers and job seekers through six divisions – Employment and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights, Worker's Compensation and Administrative Services. To keep up with DWD announcements and information, sign up for news releases and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.