University of Massachusetts Amherst

Family Business Center

For more information regarding the Workforce Training Fund Express Grant go to

Here is the link to the online application (approx 30 minutes to complete):

You also need to get a Certificate of Good Standing. It's much faster to get this online, instead of a paper application. Here's the link

Find us in the directory of training providers at

Put in the search field that the COURSE TITLE is: Developing as a Leader of Your Small/Medium Company (course ID # 1106248) and then look at the bottom of the search results page, and click on the link to see the info for joining the UMass Family Business Center with the Workforce Training Fund Express Grant. (Our annual membership is referred to as a course in this grant program.)

As of 8/1/15, the course name and number (above) no longer change from year to year, and companies can reapply and be approved for subsequent years, as each year's syllabus is different. Check with Ira Bryck (413 545 4545 or to see that the dates of each training year do not overlap! (ie: year 1 ends in September; year 2 begins in October; apply for year 2 at least 6 weeks in advance of October 1)

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PRICING: Reimbursement is 50% of the annual training fee of $2500. The total paid to the UMass Family Business Center is $2700, including $200 for food served at the events. Reimbursement is $1,250 at the completion of the annual training events.

The roundtable discussion groups are not covered by this grant.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact: Ira Bryck at 413 545 4545 or at the Workforce Training Fund, contact Leandra Jones at or 617-717-6943

PLEASE NOTE THIS VERY IMPORTANT POINT: You need to apply and be approved for this grant BEFORE you begin each training year. If you didn't do this correctly, and are a couple of meetings in, we can work it out, by having you pay pro rata for the part of your member year that has passed (ie: if 2 of the 6 meetings have passed, you can pay 1/3 of the member year, and start a new member year, using the WTF Express Grant, but applying and being approved before you start training). If you didn't apply, and are now looking to be reimbursed at the end of your paid up year, sorry to say there's nothing to be done. You can, however, apply for the grant at the beginning of your next year.