HRWS: $21M in DOL Grants for Non-Profits’ Workplace Hazards & Infectious Diseases Training

More than $21M will be funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training grants for non-profits.

The first $10 million is available under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, specifically for Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases (including Coronavirus grants). Eligibility among applicants will be based on the ability to develop training focusing on four program emphasis areas (taken directly from DOL):

  • Identifying and preventing workplace-related infectious diseases, including the coronavirus, in industries with high illness rates, those employing frontline workers or those serving susceptible populations.
  • OSHA standards that address infectious diseases, including coronavirus.
  • Workplace hazards identified in OSHA special emphasis programs or other priorities associated with infectious diseases, including the coronavirus.

The second set of funding ($11,787,000) is related to the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. Applicants can apply for one of the following (taken directly from DOL):

  • Targeted Topic Training grants support educational programs that identify and prevent workplace hazards. These grants require applicants to conduct training on OSHA-designated workplace safety and health hazards.
  • Training and Educational Materials Development grants support the development of quality classroom-ready training and educational materials that identify and prevent workplace hazards.
  • Capacity Building grants assist organizations that need time to assess needs and formulate a plan before moving forward with a full-scale safety and health education program, as well as expand their capacity to provide occupational safety and health training, education and related assistance to their constituents.

Note: Applicants may apply for and receive both grants, and applications must be submitted at no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 19, 2021. Applicants must possess a D-U-N-S number and have an active System of Award Management registration.

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