The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is inviting nonprofit organizations to compete annually for funding so they may develop and conduct training and educational programs for small business employers and workers.
Donor Name: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
State: All States
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $180,000
Grant Duration: 12-month
The program is designed to support and enable nonprofit organizations to serve in providing this important occupational safety and health training to disadvantaged workers. These nonprofit organizations include qualifying labor unions, community-based, faith-based, grassroots organizations, employer associations, Native American tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Native Hawaiian organizations, and native-controlled organizations that are not an agency of a state or local government, and public/state-controlled institutions of higher education. The program provides education and training on advancement of workers’ workplace rights and protections against discrimination and reprisal.
The program and this funding opportunity announcement prioritizes investment and funding to train workers and employers impacted by working in in high-hazard industries, industries with high fatality rates, or whose workforce has historically had disadvantaged access to occupational safety and health training, including young workers, temporary, minority, low literacy, limited English speaking, and other disadvantaged and hard-to-reach workers and worker communities. The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program seeks to increase access to life-saving training by encouraging grantees to provide the training in other languages.
The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program seeks applications based on proven strategies to reach the target training populations while also developing innovative solutions to expand access. Grantees agree to participate in the data collection and training impact evaluations described in this funding opportunity announcement.
The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program funds eligible nonprofit organizations to develop new training capabilities, training materials, and training delivery on the recognition, abatement, and prevention of occupational safety and health hazards in workplaces that may include providing related assistance to the trainee. Grantees may not provide consultation services under this grant program. Applicants are encouraged but not required to develop training materials. The program emphasizes seven areas:
- educating workers and/or employers in small businesses
- training workers and/or employers on identifying and preventing serious safety and health hazards identified by OSHA through the DOL’s Strategic Plan, as part of an OSHA special emphasis program, or other OSHA priorities
- training disadvantaged, underserved, low-income, or other hard-to-reach, at-risk workers and employers;
- training workers and/or employers about new OSHA standards;
- developing and disseminating materials to train and educate workers;
- providing technical assistance to employers and workers; and • educating workers on their rights and employers on their responsibilities under the OSH Act.
- Capacity Building Developmental grants support and assist organizations that have established a capability to provide occupational safety and health training, education, training materials, and/or technical assistance. Applicants will conduct a significant number of trainings that address occupational safety and health hazards. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to develop educational materials and to provide technical assistance
- Capacity Building Pilot grants allow the applicant time to formulate and test their program objective before committing to a full-scale Capacity Building Developmental training program. The grant is for organizations that demonstrate a potential for meeting the objectives of the Capacity Building Developmental program, but need to assess their organizational capabilities, priorities, and needs. The Capacity Building Pilot allows an organization to complete a needs assessment, pilot training activity, and solidify the organization’s capacity building developmental plans.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $6,500,000
- Capacity Building Developmental grant applicants may request federal funding: up to $180,000.
- Capacity Building Pilot grant applicants may request federal funding: up to $80,000.
Grant awards are for a 12-month performance period beginning no later than September 30, 2023, and ending on September 30, 2024.
- Eligible applicants are restricted to nonprofit organizations and include qualifying labor unions, community-based, faith-based, grassroots organizations, employer associations, Native American tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Native Hawaiian organizations, and native-controlled organizations that are not an agency of a state or local government, and public/state-controlled institutions of higher education. Organizations that maintain a network of affiliated members are eligible to apply.
- All applicants, other than public/state-controlled institutions of higher education must submit evidence of their nonprofit status.
- All organizations listed in an application as a partner, or as a part of a consortium, must be an eligible nonprofit organization as defined by this FOA, and must adhere to program requirements. An organization cannot be a grantee and a partner/subcontractor for another grantee during the same grant year. Grant duties may not be contracted, subawarded or passed through to other organizations or contractors. If contracting services, provide a description of the duties of each contractor and justify why the contractor is necessary and how the contractor will support grant goals. These contracts may require a full and open competition to meet the requirements of the award.
- The applicant is the lead partner and must perform most or all the program activities. The authorized representative will be the primary contact for OSHA communications regarding the grant and must be identified in the application and must hold a position within the organization with the authority to enter into a grant agreement. The financial certifying official also must be identified in the application and employed by the applicant organization.
For more information, visit Grants.gov.