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OSHA Announces Over $10 Million in Funding Opportunities for Safety Training

In Friday’s Federal Register, OSHA published three Susan Harwood Training Grant funding opportunity announcements for Targeted Topic Training Grants, Training and Educational Materials Development Grants, and Capacity Building Grants. The grants are meant to support worker health and safety training.

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A total of $10.5 million is available for nonprofit organizations including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities.

According to OSHA’s national news release, the grant program supports the creation of in-person, hands-on training and educational programs including:

  • The development of materials for workers and employers in small businesses;
  • Industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates; and
  • Vulnerable workers, who are underserved, have limited English proficiency, or are temporary workers.

The grants will fund training and education for workers and employers to help them identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards.

Targeted Topic Training grants support the development of quality training and educational programs that focus on identifying and preventing workplace hazards. The Targeted Topic Training grants require applicants to address the occupational safety and health hazards designated by OSHA in the grant announcement.

Training and Educational Materials Development grants support the development of quality classroom-ready training and educational materials that focus on identifying and preventing workplace hazards.

Capacity Building grants support organizations in developing new ability for conducting occupational safety and health training programs. An organization may apply for one of two Capacity Building grants: Capacity Building Pilot or Capacity Building Developmental grants. Capacity Building pilot grants assist organizations in assessing their training development needs as they formulate a capacity-building plan before moving forward with a full-scale safety and health education program. Capacity Building Developmental grants focus on developing new capacity of an organization to provide safety and health training and education. Capacity Building Developmental grant recipients will have the opportunity to continue building their new capacity with up to three additional 12-month follow-on grants, based on satisfactory performance.

Learn more about the funding announcement and register to apply at Grants.gov; applicants must also register in the System for Award Management, and possess a “D-U-N-S” number. D-U-N-S is a unique, nine-digit identification number for each of a business’s physical locations. Businesses seeking federal government grants or contracts may obtain their D-U-N-S number free-of-charge from Dun & Bradstreet.

Harwood applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.

Read more about the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program here. The public may email questions about the program to the Susan Harwood Coordinator at harwoodgrants@dol.gov or call 847-759-7700, extension 7926.