You can use the WIA money for any type rating you can get. It is not limited to B-737 types. I am waiting for the $$$ for my Lear type right now. You can check-out Simuflite or SIMCOM, they are both WIA approved. Simuflite is a little bit more expensive but according to many you get what you pay for and thatis better training.
I got a job offer letter from my future employer and that seemed to expedite the process when I got to the government office to apply for the program. You might want to try the same. My future employer is going to pay the difference for my training at Simuflite and that is great.
If you do a search, i think they are talking about the funds that some of the furloughed guys are using to get type ratings. Im not sure on all the details, but i dont think they "give" the money to just anyone.
I think that you need to have been furloughed or let go from a flying job.....dont quote me on this, im not 100% sure
I was furloughed from UAL last year, and I was able to get grant money from my state (ID) to go to King Air Initial at SIMCOM. It took about two months to get all the paperwork squared away, part of the problem getting SIMCOM on the approved vendor list, but the whole thing was paid for by the state (~$6000). The big factor was having that letter guaranteeing employment after receiving the necessary training. Without one of those, I'd be hesistant about even trying to apply for the money. Any other questions, feel free to contact me.
You can go to the local unemployment office in your city or state and ask about this; it is called the WIA Program and is for people that have been fourghloged or laid off. The purpose of this program is to help these people in getting further training so that they can advance in their careers. In California the maximum amount of $$$ you can get is $8000. Call and find out more.