Financial Resources

Training Grants

On-the-job training allows businesses to recoup up to half of the wages paid to workers pre-approved by One-Stop Career Centers through on-the-job training for employment usually not available otherwise. Employers garner workers they have trained to their own specifications and employees are more likely to remain after training is complete.

The Employed Worker Training grant program that reimburses selected businesses up to 50% of direct training costs related to providing skills upgrade training to their current employees, including new hires.

Innovation Park TechGrant Program

About the TechGrant Program

The Leon County Research and Development Authority (LCRDA) TechGrant program was first launched in 2005 to demonstrate its commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Leon County. Since 2005, 20 companies have benefitted from $362,000 in grants awarded for the commercialization of their technologies. Most of those companies are still flourishing in the local community today.

In addition to a cash prize of up to $15,000, winners are awarded with scholarships to attend the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program and are granted exclusive access to the TechGrant Winners’ Circle, a quarterly gathering of past grant recipients that facilitates networking and collaboration.

The LCRDA owns buildings in and manages Innovation Park, a research and development park, by an appointed Board of Governors. The Board is comprised of prominent academic, business, and community leaders who work together to facilitate the growth and development of research into high-tech businesses in Innovation Park. Its mission is to work in affiliation with Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College to promote scientific research and development activities, and foster economic development and broaden the economic base of Leon County, Florida.

Learn more about the program here.