UPDATE: OSHA To Award $10.5M In Workplace Safety Training Grants

The Susan Harwood Training Grants are available to nonprofit organizations and will fund workplace safety and health hazard training and education.

On August 3, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published announcements for Susan Harwood Training Grants funding opportunities for Targeted Topic Training Grants, Training and Educational Materials Development Grants, and Capacity Building Grants in the Federal Register. A total of $10.5 million has been made available for nonprofit organizations including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities.

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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. These 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. Applications were required to be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Training Grants Awarded In October 2018

On October 1, 2018, OSHA awarded $9.3 million in Susan Harwood federal safety and health training grants to 74 nonprofit organizations nationwide. The grants will provide educational and training programs to help employees and employers recognize serious workplace hazards, implement injury prevention measures, and understand their rights and responsibilities.

OSHA also awarded $1million in direct grants to five organizations to train and protect workers involved in hurricane recovery activities.

The Fiscal Year 2018 award categories are as follows: Targeted Topic Training; Training and Educational Materials Development; and Capacity-Building Developmental/Capacity-Building Pilot. Targeted Topics included training materials and courses to educate workers to identify hazards and work safely.

View a PDF with complete list of 2018 Susan Harwood Training Grant Program recipients.