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Employer Advantage Fund

Future rounds of Employer Advantage to be announced!

What is Employer Advantage?

Employer Advantage is a training reimbursement program that helps Franklin County Employers upskill their current employees with in-demand skills.


Program Rules

  • Maximum Reimbursement per Company: $25,000 per year

  • Reimbursement ratio based on company size

  • 50 or fewer employees= 80% of the cost of training for the employer 

  • 51-100 employees = 60% of the cost of training for the employer 

  • 101 or more employees= 40% of the cost of training for the employer

Incumbent Workers

  • A person employed for at least 6 months before the training start date

  • Or a cohort of employees where at least half have been employed for 6 months before the training start date

  • Priority will be given to workers making less than a living wage

Short-term Training

  • Must result in a certificate of completion or a credential

  • In-Demand skills that lead to in-demand jobs are preferred

  • See for the in-demand jobs list.

  • Must be completed within 6 months

  • Must be an external training provider




This program was highly beneficial to our team. You turned wish-list professional development into a reality for our team, and we are grateful.



Michael started with no barista skills, had never worked in the coffee industry but was a good worker. After the training, he received a pay raise, became the company in house trainer and managed inventory.



As the CEO of a small organization, the better educated I am, the more successful the organization is. I think the additional certification will open opportunities we didn’t previously have.


fill out online application

We want to learn more about your business. Click the link below to fill out the online application.


Explain the value of the training to your organization and your employees.  For example, does it help increase skills, retain employment, avert layoffs, necessary for business growth, etc.? 

training plan

 Input details about trainees and training. Excel template provided at the link.

Once you have completed the above steps, then you can submit your training log and letter to with “Employer Advantage” in the subject line.  

See below for additional information about the grant process.

Information Session:

Did you miss our virtual Employer Advantage Information Session on Monday, September 13? You can watch the complete session here. The Business Solutions Team discusses the Employer Advantage Fund and answers additional questions. 

Employer Advantage Impact Roundtable:

The Employer Advantage Impact Roundtable

Learn from Columbus business leaders on the creative and innovative training opportunities funded by the Employer Advantage Fund. Growing and investing in existing talent is key to employee attraction and retention. Hear how these employers made an impact during the discussion held on September 23rd.

We look forward to assisting you with your employment and training needs.

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