Mon. Mar 27th, 2023

Upskilling – Association of Women’s Business Centers

Upskilling, with generous funding provided by AARP Foundation

Upskilling, funded by AARP Foundation (2022 Cycle)

Accepting Applications Now!

For small businesses that intend to train and upskill low-wage workers age 50+, this grant program will reimburse employers up to $2,000-$2,500 per employee for training, provided the grantee meets the following criteria:

Grant Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Applicant is a small business with qualifying employee(s) 50+ years of age
  2. Applicant intends to train qualifying employee(s) to improve or add to their job skills
  3. Qualifying employee(s) currently earn $16/hour or less on average, and work at least 30 hours per week
  4. Training to be completed and reported by November 30, 2022
  5. Applicant must demonstrate evidence increasing wage at least $2/hour once training is completed ($2.50/hour min. increase to earn the maximum grant award)


Since 2020, AARP Foundation funded, and AWBC administered, the Upskilling grant program which benefited 54 small businesses and increased the wages for 162 individuals age 50+ collectively increasing their annual earnings impact by more than $500,000. 

AWBC is grateful to AARP Foundation for renewing this program and funding more opportunities for small businesses to provide better wages for their employees 50+ years of age.

Why is this grant important to AWBC? 

Small businesses, especially in segments most represented by women entrepreneurs, are experiencing challenges to economic recovery. While grants are more widely available now than in recent history, access to capital remains the greatest barrier for women to grow their businesses. 

AWBC seeks to support businesses that are investing in and upskilling their existing labor force in an effort to help address the widening talent gap. 

Simultaneously, our grant funder, AARP Foundation, is working to address the unique challenges faced by older adults:

“Every day, millions of older adults are forced to choose 

between paying for heat … or medicine … or nutritious food. 

More than 37 million seniors are already living in poverty 

or just one life event away from slipping into it.

AARP Foundation is investing in bold, innovative programs — 

from fighting senior hunger to providing job training 

to helping older adults connect with their neighbors and communities.”

Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis so be sure to apply early. If you have questions, drop us a line at

Up to $2,500 per employee trained


Open to

Individual applicants can apply.


Jan 31 2022 08:00 AM (EST)


Nov 30 2022 05:00 PM (EST)


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