More than $5 million in grants is available for on-site or in-classroom employee training, and the deadline to apply is approaching.

The grant funding is provided by the Washington State Job Skills Program (JSP), which, since 2008, has provided $24 million in grants. The aim of the grants is to help boost economic growth, “by enabling local businesses to thrive and expand,” according to the economic development board of Tacoma-Pierce County.

For Pierce County, Invista Performance Solutions facilitates the grants and training programs through a collaboration of Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, and Tacoma Community College. According to a news release, Invista will facilitate funding applications and arrange training programs for Pierce County employers, and the deadline to apply is August 30.

Previous recipients of the JSP grant include Tacoma Community House — an organization that provides services to immigrants, refugees, and other local residents — which used its grant for training on change management, team building, interpersonal communication, and more.

“The mantra across America is to do more with less, and that often means cutting employee training and development budgets,” said Don Sosnowski, Invista Performance Solutions executive director, in a written statement. “We provide a way to help organizations stretch their limited training budgets and still fund valuable employee training. Our colleges make the process easy, from the initial grant application through training rollout, to final reporting.”

To be eligible for the grants, companies or organizations must be a: private corporation, nonprofit, institution, firm, person, group, or association concerned with commerce, trade, manufacturing; provide services within the state; or be a licensed public or nonprofit licensed by the Department of Social Services.

For more information, visit Invista online.