Help Push Going PRO Talent Fund Dollars Across the Finish Line!

September 16, 2019

The Michigan Chamber supports the Going PRO Talent Fund because our members tell us it is one of Michigan’s best resources to address the talent gap—but we need your help in voicing your support for this program with lawmakers!  Help us spread the word and ensure employers continue to have access to these short-term training dollars for new and current employees. 

Since its initial inception in 2014, the Talent Fund has issued over 3,000 awards to employers at an average amount of $31,548. The average training cost awarded is $1,062 per person.

The state appropriation for the Talent Fund has continued to grow to meet ever-increasing demand, eclipsing $30 million in funding for Fiscal Year 2019. Governor Whitmer recommended approximately a $2 million cut in the program for Fiscal Year 2020, but the Chamber and others have been lobbying in support of the Senate-passed recommendation which would increase the fund to $37.9 million. We are working hard to see this funding grow so employers can locate, train and retain top talent.

We highly encourage you to reach out to your state senator and state representative to voice your support for the Going PRO Talent Fund before September 19. To find your state senator, click here. To find your state representative, click here.

Assuming dollars are appropriated by the legislature, employers interested in applying for a Going PRO grant must work with--and apply through--their local Michigan Works! Agency (MWA). A list of MWA contacts is available on the Talent Fund website. Michigan Works! Agencies are currently consulting and working with employers on their applications for 2020. Award announcements are expected in November or December.

For more information, contact Wendy Block at wblock@michamber.com.