Grants and Other Cost Saving Programs

Funding Opportunities

There are a number of grants and tax credits available to manufacturers to help manufacturers provide both new and incumbent worker training, which is essential in this fast-changing environment. Click on any of the grant programs below to learn more.

AIM Higher Consortium

The AIM Higher Consortium is a comprehensive initiative funded by the Department of Defense – Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) designed to strengthen the defense industrial ecosystem in the Southwest Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia region.

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ARC SPC Shale POWER Mini-Grant Program

The ARC SPC Shale POWER Mini-grant is designed to assist coal-impacted community’s response to negative economic factors by diversifying and growing small and medium sized manufacturers through strategic efforts to build capacity, improve efficiencies and demand locally, stimulate job creation, and drive economic impact.

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Digital Bridge Technical Assistance

The Digital Bridge initiative helps manufacturers with implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies in products, processes, logistics, and human resources.

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Maker-to-Manufacturing Commercialization Center (M2M) Grant

The new virtual Maker-to-Manufacturing Commercialization Center (M2M) connects entrepreneurial makers and small businesses to a larger ecosystem of manufacturing.

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Manufacturing Internships

Manufacturing Internships provide an exchange of services for experience between a college student and a manufacturing company.

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Businesses may receive up to $150,000 in federal grants to be used for business development.

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Manufacturing Technology Loan Fund (MTLF)

Upgrading your capital equipment and technology can be a vital step in expanding your markets, enhancing productivity and quality, remaining competitive, and improving your bottom line. The MTLF is a private fund available only through Catalyst Connection that can help you finance these capital improvements.

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Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Program

City of Pittsburgh manufacturers can receive up to $2,000 in matching funds for management consulting services and technical engagement assistance.

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WEDnet Grant

Qualified companies in Pennsylvania can access funding for a wide range of training for their employees (trainings categorized as either Essential Skills Training or Advanced Technology Training).

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