Funding Opportunities in New York State

Manufacturers in New York State have the opportunity to apply for grants which may be available to offset the costs of their employee training.  We have assembled a list of funding sources and the areas that they may fund, including but not limited to employee training, safety training, exporting, program management, certification-based programs, or process improvement.  Please visit the agencies’ websites, or call Cory Albrecht at 315-624-9800 for more information.

National Grid’s Manufacturing Productivity Program (MPP)

Provides small and medium size manufacturers in the Mohawk Valley Region with grant funding awards up to $40,000 for projects that will lead to process improvements or growth targeted activities. Contact Cory Albrecht at AIM for more information.  (click here for more information)

Program Summary:  Manufacturing employs over 550,000 New Yorkers and contributes $61 billion annually to New York State’s gross domestic product. Every manufacturing job creates more than 2.5 related jobs in other sectors, and every dollar spent generates an additional $1.37 in economic activity.* Small and medium-sized Upstate New York manufacturers are challenged by high costs and regulatory pressures. They must continually improve productivity and performance to remain competitive in the global economy. In order to grow, they must develop new products and improve their return on investment from sales and marketing activities by finding new customers, markets, and export opportunities. This program was developed in partnership with the Regional Technology Development Centers (“RTDCs”) from the Western New York, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Capital regions and will be delivered in conjunction with these RTDCs. RTDC contact information is provided at the end of this program description.

The Manufacturing Productivity Program provides matching grants of up to $15,000 or forty percent (40%) (whichever is less) of the costs incurred by eligible applicants whose top management commits the time and resources to “lean manufacturing” projects or manufacturing assistance projects that result in eliminating waste and increasing productivity on the “shop floor” and in the office.

Further, the program provides matching grants of up to $15,000 or fifty percent (50%) (whichever is less) of the costs incurred by eligible applicants whose top management commits the time and resources to growth-targeted activities that will result in greater utilization of manufacturing capacity.

Finally, the program provides matching grants of up to $40,000 or sixty percent (60%) (whichever is less) of the costs incurred by eligible applicants whose top management commits the time and resources to projects that combine and coordinate the productivity and growth activities described above.

Grant awards will be funded in conjunction with RTDCs upon verification of increased productivity and capacity, improvement of the bottom-line and pursuit of additional sales with the same work force. Priority consideration will be given to projects that involve energy efficiency, energy utilization, and/or environmental solutions.

The website link is:

Trade Adjustment Assistance Center of NY NJ and PR (TAAC)

Since 1978, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center of NY, NJ and PR (TAAC) has helped over 1500 firms to recover from the effects of foreign com­petition and has provided more than $75 million in assistance. (click here) The TAAC Program may be able to help firms that have experienced increased foreign competition, a decline in sales or production, and a de­cline or impending decline in employment.

Provides assistance to New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico based companies in strategic areas of importance including:

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing/Engineering
  • ISO/QS/TS/UL/CE Certification

Please check out our their website at  or call 607-777-2040 ext. 2 and ask for Teresa Stockton.

Empire State Development

The Empire State Development Program provides many different programs to help manufacturers create or retain jobs, increase business, reduce waste, and provide employee training.

Some funding programs for manufacturers are listed below. Visit the ESD website,

to see all the opportunities available.

Global NY – ESD is providing grants of up to $25,000 to help companies start exporting or increase their global exports. For example, grants may be used for market customization, participation in trade shows/missions, export workshops, and product adaptation to meet foreign regulatory requirements. (Click here for more information)


For-profit small and medium-sized businesses must be located in New York State and:

  • Have 500 or fewer employees in New York State
  • Intend to begin exporting or expand export sales in foreign markets
  • At least one of the following:
    1) 51% of the value of finished product or service originates in New York, the calculation of which includes the value of the raw materials and component parts, manufacturing process, advertising and promotion, distribution, warehousing, and designs and other intellectual property
    2) A business that is certified as a local producer through a regional chamber of commerce or economic development agency (e.g., Made in NY; Made in Brooklyn)
  • ​Business is viable and in existence for at least one year by the date of application for the Global NY Fund Grant
  • Demonstrated need for grant assistance
  • Applicant has demonstrated understanding of costs associated with exporting and doing business with foreign buyers, including costs of freight forwarding, customs brokers, packing, shipping, marketing, etc. Applicant will be asked to provide an “Export Readiness Score” by completing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Assessment.

To see the grant guidelines and apply, go to

ESD Grant Funds -Capital grant funding is available for capital-based economic development projects intended to create or retain jobs; prevent, reduce or eliminate unemployment and underemployment; and/or increase business or economic activity in a community or Region.

Excelsior Jobs Program – The Excelsior Jobs Program, established in Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2010, provides job creation and investment incentives to firms including manufacturing.

NYSERDA Energy Efficiency Programs – Program provides eligible New York State commercial, industrial, and institutional end users with objective and customized engineering analysis to help make informed energy decisions.

ReCharge NY – ReCharge New York (RNY) is a statewide economic development power program designed to retain or create jobs through allocations of lower cost electricity to businesses and Not-for-Profit Corporations.

Workforce Development Board

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a non-profit organization representing business, education, and the community. WDB sets regional workforce development strategies and serves Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego counties. WDB also works with employers to provide customized training and on-the-job training for eligible workers. For more information, click here.

Workforce Development Institute

The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is a statewide non-profit that works to grow and keep good jobs in NYS. They use a range of tools — including ground level information, workforce expertise, and funding — to facilitate projects that build skills and strengthen employers’ ability to hire and promote workers. Their work often fills gaps not covered by other organizations and is accomplished through partnerships and collaborations with businesses, unions, other non-profits, educational institutions, and government. (Click here to read more)

Interactive Grants Program

Through a unique grants program, WDI makes investments that lead to workforce development and economic growth. This program is an “interactive” one, where WDI regional staff work directly with a business, union, or other entity to understand the issue at hand, and then help develop a response. This grants program is unique from a few perspectives:

  • Hands-on approach:Through direct contact with the applicant, WDI regional staff get a better sense of future growth and workforce issues.
  • Connections/Facilitation:If additional partners need to be brought in as part of the discussion, WDI regional staff connect with these resources and facilitate discussions.
  • Flexibility:WDI’s funding is flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of the immediate problem or opportunity.
  • Streamlined Application Process:We understand that time is money…and jobs. The application process for our grants program, therefore, is designed to help the applicant move quickly on their plans.


Mary Jo Ferrare
Regional Director
Tel: 315-793-5329 **
Fax: 315-793-5374

207 Genesee Street Utica, NY 13501
[email protected]

Counties: Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, Otsego, and Oneida

Workforce Development Board

Provides training services for dislocated workers and other eligible job seekers who are unable to obtain or retain employment through intensive services. These services include occupational skills training, on-the-job training, skills upgrading, job readiness training, adult education and literacy activities, and customized training for employers who commit to hiring.   Contact Alice Savino at [email protected], 315-793-6037.

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