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Job Skills Program (JSP) Grant


Note: FY25 grant applications are available and due on May 2, 2024! See below for details.

40 Years of Impact

The Job Skills Program (JSP) – started in 1983 to enhance economic development through short-term customized training – is now 40 years old. From 2,256 employees trained in the biennium 1983-1985, the program has grown and trained more than 75,000 employees in Washington State.

For the biennium 2021-2023, JSP awarded grants to 126 projects and, in partnership with community colleges, completed training for 8,163 employees. The graphs below describe the businesses that benefited from JSP funding.

JSP Grant Distribution across Washington State

Size of Businesses Served by JSP Grants for FY 21-23

Size of businesses served by JSP grants for FY 212-23: Businesses with 1-30 employees: 26%, Businesses with 31-100 employees: 30%, Businesses with 101-200 employees: 13%, Businesses with more than 200 employees: 30%

Grants by Industry for FY 21-23: Manufacturing: 82%, All other industries: 18%

Grants by Industry for FY 21-23

The industry count is based on the best match for businesses participating in each project. For consortia projects, the industry count is based on the business partner with the biggest number of employees.

The manufacturing sector is composed of businesses engaged in aerospace, food production and processing, wood/paper products production, naval, high tech, auto, composites, marine, transportation, medical devices, chemicals, electronics, pharmaceutical, and handbags production.

Non-manufacturing related include businesses in agriculture, construction, retail/wholesale, hospitals and medical services, environmental services, gaming and hospitality, and non-profit. 

The program awards grants to licensed educational institutions in Washington. JSP funds half of the training cost. Partner employers provide cash or in-kind match to fund the other half.

Funds are awarded on a first-approved, rolling basis throughout the fiscal year. Applications are reviewed by a standing sub-committee of the Workforce Training Customer Advisory Committee.



“The program has enabled our business to accomplish tangible development and growth projects. The additional revenue we have achieved can be attributed to these projects, from enhanced employee morale and skill level to increased company quality and efficiency. Lean training has organized the shop and increased morale. AS9100 is well underway and has already begun to gain new customers and branch into broader markets. We are very thankful for this funding and all of the incredible people involved in this program.- Galen Callahan, Owner

AutoDeriva received training and consulting that has assisted in revenue growth and higher skill levels in incumbent and newly hired workers. Topics covered during the JSP grant project included supply chain management, ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems development and implementation, Lean transformation, and financial management, allowing the company to grow and prosper during the difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Notable outcomes include:

  • Completed 121 training hours for seven employees.
  • Hired three employees and upskilled five.
  • Direct labor costs were reduced by 15% and the cost savings are continuing to be realized.


Danny Marshall
Program Administrator, Workforce Education

Carolyn McKinnon
Policy Associate, Workforce Education


Important Dates

Milestones Key Dates
FY25 Application available in OGMS March 28, 2024
FY25 Round 1 Application Deadline May 2, 2024
FY25 Round 1 Funds available/grant start July 1, 2024
FY25 Round 2 Application Deadline - pending available funding August 30, 2024
FY25 Round 2 Funds available/grant start October 1, 2024
FY25 Round 3 Application Deadline - pending available funding November 29, 2024
FY25 Round 3 Funds available/grant start January 1, 2025
Final budget revision deadline for grants ending June 30, 2024 June 15, 2024
Final report deadline for grants ending June 30, 2024 July 10, 2024
Final day to submit invoices for FY24 expenses July 15, 2024
Final budget revision deadline for grants ending June 30, 2025 June 15, 2025
Final report deadline for grants ending June 30, 2025 July 9, 2025
Final day to submit invoices for FY25 expenses July 15, 2025

Grant Program Guidelines and Resources

The following documents provide detailed information about how grant funds can be used, who can apply, the application process and deadlines.

For FY24-25:

For FY23-24:

JSP Webinar

Applying for the Grant

All applications must be submitted using the SBCTC Online Grant Management System (OGMS).

Two additional forms must be uploaded as part of the application in OGMS:

Final Grant Report

A final report summarizing the outcomes(s) for this grant is required of all JSP projects. Reports must be uploaded in OGMS to the "Attachments" section of each approved grant application. See the list of important dates for deadlines.

Reports to Legislature

Job Skills Program reports are submitted by the State Board for Community and Technical colleges to the Washington State Legislature in fulfillment of RCW 28C.04.420 Job skills program — Grants — Reports.

Reports from prior years are available upon request.

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