Funding for Locals
We offer reimbursements to local unions setting up their own safety and craft skills courses. Reimbursements are intended to help cover a part of the costs of providing group trainings requested by local workers or signatory employers making contributions to the TTF. Course reimbursement is limited to make funds available to as many locals as possible, and we may not be able to support your application at the full amount requested.
Applications must be submitted before the training takes place in accordance with the application schedule posted below.
What types of courses are REIMBURSABLE?
This program reimburses local unions who organize and present group safety and craft skills trainings for IATSE workers. Past courses have included: Aerial Work Platform Operator, Audio Mixing, Background Costuming, Basic Hand-sewing, Camera Operator, Distressing Garments, Dressing the Broadway Tour, Embroidery, Entertainment Electrics, Fiber Optics, Fall Arrest and Rapid Rescue, Fly Rail Operator, Forklift Operator, Generator Operator Safety, Hazard Communication, Lighting Consoles, Portable Power Distribution, Intro and Advanced Rigging, Suit Tailoring, Skylight Balloon Technician, Video Essentials, Welding Safety, Working at Heights, Zippers, and many more.
If you're not sure whether your local training falls under the safety or craft skills categories, contact us.
The Course Reimbursement Application must be completed, signed, and submitted by an officer other than the individual listed as a trainer on the application by the submission deadline along with a course description, outline of topics covered, and instructor bio.
Courses must meet the five student minimum requirement. Additional student minimums may apply.
Approved courses must take place within the quarter in which they are originally scheduled. Approved funds can't be transferred to a course, quarter, or year different from what is approved. If you need to change the date of a course after it's approved, you must contact us as soon as possible to avoid funds being redistributed.
We can't consider applications for courses that have already taken place.
We can't reimburse any course expenses without daily sign-in sheets.
We can’t reimburse for costs associated with renting from member loan out companies if a local officer, trainer, or student in the class is the owner of said loan out company.
You must submit your expense report with supporting documentation for approved Course Reimbursement requests within 45 days of completion of the training. After 45 days, the approved Course Reimbursement funds will be forfeited and redistributed to other locals who apply for Course Reimbursement.
When you submit your sign-in sheets and supporting documentation for reimbursement, we'll upload student attendance to the Training Tracker for you.
What Else Should We Know?
The TTF does not evaluate or certify trainers in any capacity. It is the local's responsibility to verify trainers' competency, certifications, quality of work, and suitability to their workers' training needs. The local is responsible for making all course arrangements including securing a training venue and equipment and paying for all course expenses.
We suggest you get a quote from the instructor or vendor before the training to help you in describing and itemizing expenses on the application. List only the expenses for which you seek reimbursement. We may not be able to support your application at the full amount requested. Course funding is limited so that funds are available to as many locals as possible to help support their training. If we approve your Course Reimbursement Application, we will email you the amount of approved funds and explain the process for submitting supporting documentation after the course.
Once Course Reimbursement funding is approved, your local's course will be listed on our Course Calendar and people will be instructed to contact you directly if they're interested in attending your course. You are not obligated to accept IATSE workers from outside your local, but it can be a good way to fill a course and ensure you meet the minimum requirement of five students.
After the training, your local will submit the TTF expense report, instructor invoice, itemized receipts, and TTF provided daily sign-in sheets for processing. Reimbursements are based on itemized receipts, so if the amount spent is less than the pre-approved amount, only the actual amount spent is reimbursed. We may not be able to reimburse your local for courses that do not meet the five student minimum requirement.
aPPLICATION Submission Schedule
First Quarter (January 1-March 31, 2019) applications due by October 29, 2018 | Approval notices emailed by November 30, 2018
Second Quarter (April 1-June 30, 2019) applications due by March 4, 2019 | Approval notices emailed by March 29, 2019
Third Quarter (July 1-September 30, 2019) applications due by June 3, 2019 | Approval notices emailed by June 28, 2019
Fourth Quarter (October 1-December 31, 2019) applications due by September 9, 2019 | Approval notices emailed by September 27, 2019
Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. To ensure that your application is reviewed and approved without delays, make sure that your submission meets the necessary requirements:
The Course Reimbursement Application is completed and submitted by an officer other than the individual listed as a trainer on the application.
A description of the course content, outline of topics covered, and instructor biography are attached to the application.
The application and supporting documents are submitted by the deadline to allow time for review and processing.
Generally, new applications will be reviewed within two weeks after the application due date. However, depending on the time of year and volume of submissions received, it may take longer. Once we review and approve your application, we will email you the approved amount within four weeks after the application due date. If your application is missing any documents, you will be asked to resubmit your application.
HOW TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION
The local union president, secretary treasurer, BA, or training coordinator must submit a Course Reimbursement Application for consideration before the training takes place in accordance with the application schedule. The officer completing and submitting the application must be an officer other than the individual listed as a trainer on the application. We can't consider applications for past courses. Course Reimbursement funds are available for safety and craft skills group trainings of at least five students. We encourage you to accept as many students as possible to your courses to maximize funding and resources. Describe and itemize only those expenses for which you seek reimbursement. Please note that you must first describe and itemize expenses before you can unlock the amount fields. You will not be able to enter an amount unless you first describe that expense. Click here to see a sample of a complete Course Reimbursement Application.
Applications will not be reviewed unless requested expenses are described and itemized, and a description of the course content, outline of topics covered, and instructor bio are attached. Please allow up to four weeks for processing.
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