Self Sufficiency Fund - Program Overview

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

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Self-Sufficiency FundThe Self Sufficiency Fund provides training grants to community and technical colleges and community-based organizations 501(c )(3) 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, who are: Individuals who are a members of a SNAP household with dependent children; TANF applicants referred to a Workforce Board contractor by the Department of Human Services, or are parents including a non-custodial parent, who make less than $37,000 annually.

Partnering with local community or technical colleges or Community-based organizations 501(c)(3), Texas Engineering Extension Services (TEEX) or trade unions can apply to TWC for funding.

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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 six targeted industry clusters: Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defense, Biotechnology and Life Science, Information and Computer Technology, 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 $2100 per trainee
  • Funding may include tuition, training materials, certification fees, books and consumable supplies
  • Typical contract training period is up to 12 months
  • 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
  • Strong collaboration with the Workforce Development Boards and Workforce Solutions Offices to assist with identifying eligible participants

TWC’s Office of Employer Initiative Outreach & Project Development Team provides assistance with the Self-Sufficiency Fund projects by:

  • Assistance with the development of a quality proposal
  • Conduct preliminary reviews of draft proposals prior to submission
  • Provide 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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