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Susan Harwood Training Grant Program - Capacity Building

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, and IHEs to Build
Capacity to Provide Workplace Safety Training Programs

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United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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07/02/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits, including labor unions, community organizations, IHEs, employer associations, and tribal and Native entities, to build organizational capacity to provide occupational health and safety training programs. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

Two types of capacity building grant opportunities are available:

1. Capacity Building Developmental grants support and assist organizations that through past activities have established a capability to provide occupational safety and health training, education, materials development, and/or technical assistance.
2. Capacity Building Pilot grants assist 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.

For more information on these two grant categories, see:

The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program funds eligible nonprofit organizations to develop training materials and deliver training on the recognition, abatement, and prevention of occupational safety and health hazards in workplaces that may include providing related assistance. Applicants are encouraged but not required to develop training materials. The program emphasizes seven areas:

- 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 (see;
- Educating workers on their rights and employers on their responsibilities under the OSH Act;
- Educating workers and/or employers in small businesses (for this grant program, a small business is one with 250 or fewer employees);
- Training workers and/or employers about new OSHA standards;
- Training at-risk and/or low-literacy workers, including temporary and warehouse workers;
- Providing technical assistance to employers and workers; and
- Developing and disseminating materials to train and educate workers.

Applicants that demonstrate in their proposal that at least one census tract within their physical service area is designated by the Secretary of Treasury as a qualified Opportunity Zone will receive 2 points toward their overall application score. Applicants will not receive additional points for multiple Opportunity Zones within the proposed physical service area. For more information on Opportunity Zones, go to:

Targeted audiences are:

- Small businesses (fewer than 250 employees);
- New businesses;
- Limited English proficiency workers;
- Non-literate and low literacy workers;
- Young workers;
- Temporary workers;
- Minority and other hard-to-reach workers; and
- Workers in high-hazard industries and industries with high fatality rates.

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GrantWatch ID#: 154627

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Expected Number of Awards: 80

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The maximum award for a Capacity Building Developmental grant is $180,000 and for a Capacity Building Pilot grant is $80,000.

Term of Contract:

Program funding is for a 12-month period beginning no later than September 30, 2019, and ending on September 30, 2020.

Successful Capacity Building Developmental grantee may be eligible for up to three additional 12-month follow-on grants to continue developing their occupational safety and health training capacity program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations and include qualifying labor unions, community-based and faith-based organizations, employer associations (may not be an agency of a state or local government), state or local government-supported institutions of higher education, and Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Indian-controlled organizations serving Indians, Alaska Native entities, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Applicants other than state or local government supported institutions of higher education must submit evidence of nonprofit status.

Ineligible applicants are individuals, for profit organizations, 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations, and FY 2018 Susan Harwood grantees with more than a 90-day time extension to their grant.

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Pre-Application Information:

This FOA closes on July 02, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. Applications not validated by, or submitted after this deadline, are ineligible for consideration.

Award announcements will occur no later than September 30, 2019.

If an applicant is using for the first time, it is strongly recommended that the
organization immediately follow the steps to “Register as an Organization” with at It can take up to five weeks to complete the registration process.

The application must have a DUNS number and may acquire a number in one or two business days from the Dun & Bradstreet website at

Registering with SAM may take two to five or more weeks, and requires an employer identification number (EIN) and a notarized letter from the organization’s authorized representative. It is free to register on SAM at

A Grantee orientation meeting is mandatory and occurs early in the performance period at a location determined by OSHA. All applicants must budget for two staff members (one program and one financial) to attend this meeting.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Susan Harwood Program Coordinator
U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA
Directorate of Training and Education
2020 S. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4102

Email FOA questions to, or call 847-725-7805, weekdays between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. eastern time. questions may be direct to their Support Center by email at, or by telephone at 1-800-518-4726.

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