Everglades Restoration Agricultural Community Employment Training Program

Everglades Restoration Agricultural Community Employment Training Program

The deadline to apply for a tuition grant or employee-based grant is Thursday, October 31, 2019. For a one-page overview of the program and program eligibility, please click here.



As the workforce needs of our state change, opportunities for new skills training for residents is important to maintain and to grow our communities. The Everglades Training Program is designed to meet these changing workforce training needs. The Florida Legislature created and funded the Everglades Training Program to provide tuition grants and employer-based grants for nonagricultural occupational training.

Businesses can apply for employer-based grants to fund nonagricultural occupational training. Funds may be used to cover curriculum development, cost of hiring instructors, materials, equipment, overhead costs and administrative costs directly associated with new and existing training programs. Priority of funding will be given to businesses in Hendry and Palm Beach counties. Second priority will be given to businesses in Collier, Glades, Highlands and Okeechobee counties.

Private or public technical or vocational schools can apply for tuition grants on behalf of eligible students for training in nonagricultural occupations. Tuition grants can cover cost of attendance including tuition and fees, equipment, supplies, books and other fees directly associated with participation and completion of the training program.

Student eligibility

  • Must be a United States (U.S.) citizen or non-citizen whose status permits employment in the U.S.,

  • Must be currently enrolled in a training program for an in-demand nonagricultural occupation at a public or private technical or vocational school at the time the application is submitted, and

  • Must currently reside, and have resided, in Hendry or Palm Beach counties for at least three years between 2013-2018.


If you are a student interested in the Everglades Training Program, please contact your school to find out if they are eligible to apply for these funds on your behalf. Schools interested in applying to the Everglades Training Program can receive more information and resources to share with interested students by contacting Danielle McNeil at (850) 245-7498 or email EvergladesTrainingProgram2019@deo.myflorida.com.

For a list of technical and vocational schools in Palm Beach and Hendry counties based on information provided by the Florida Department of Education, please click here.

For a one-page overview of the program and program eligibility, please click here.

Completed applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by either electronic mail to: EvergladesTrainingProgram@deo.myflorida.com or by
U.S. mail to: Department of Economic Opportunity, Everglades Restoration Agricultural Community Employment Training Program, 107 E. Madison Street,
MSC G-229, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.



DEO is excited to share more information about this opportunity with schools and businesses in eligible counties. Any questions regarding applicant eligibility should be directed to Danielle McNeil at (850) 245-7498 or email EvergladesTrainingProgram@deo.myflorida.com.

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