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Workplace Safety Training and Education Grant Program

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and
For-Profits for Training to Improve Worker Safety

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) - Office of Safety

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit and for-profit employers for employee training activities that will reduce the risk of workplace-related illness and injury. The purpose of this program is to promote healthy and safe workplace conditions through education, training, and other preventative programs.

The prevention of occupational injury and illness is in everyone’s best interest. This Grant entitled, “Workplace Safety Training and Education Grant Program” is issued under the provisions of the Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 23E, Section 3, and administered by the Department of Industrial Accidents, Office of Safety.

Each fiscal year the grant program awards grants to qualifying Massachusetts businesses and organizations operating within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts covered by Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law. (M.G.L. Ch. 152).

Strong preference will be given to first time applicants, consortium applicants, employers and organizations who demonstrate a compelling program design that addresses an injury history, potential injury or provides a proactive approach to injury prevention.

Grants are awarded to employers that best satisfy the Safety Grant Program goals.

Applicant Guidelines:

-Applicants must use a Massachusetts based training provider. A resume or bio containing experience, training history and current certifications must be included at the time of submission.

-Applicants should negotiate the costs of instruction and related training materials with training providers to ensure that proposed costs are reasonable, necessary, and competitive. The Office of Safety will examine submissions for cost-effectiveness and will be the final determiner in assessing appropriate costs and standards for training and training materials.

-Training costs must be submitted on a per person or per class basis only.

-Greater weight will be given to all-inclusive programs, those that incorporate the cost of all training materials and certifications where practical.

-You must meet attendance projections per class as outlined in your budget narrative. If your classes will not be at full capacity, you must notify the Office of Safety before training takes place.

-Vendors, safety training companies and other providers are prohibited from charging a fee or receiving additional compensation for safety training services or materials specifically provided by this grant. Training providers are prohibited from subcontracting training services to another provider.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151117

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each fiscal year the grant program awards a maximum of $25,000 including a 7% administrative fee.

Term of Contract:

All training programs must be completed on or before June 30, 2019. All training costs/invoices associated with this grant must be received by the Department of Industrial Accidents on or before July 15, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Companies of any size with a workforce in Massachusetts are eligible. All trainees must be payroll employees of participating companies and covered by your workers’ compensation policy.

Both nonprofits and for-profits may apply.

Funding is intended for Massachusetts based companies and Massachusetts based training providers only.

Applications that do not meet the technical requirements (e.g., incomplete application or missing documentation) cannot be processed.

-Employee wages, stipends or fringe benefits
-Online training programs
-Programs that re-train employees previously trained by DIA Office of Safety grants on the same topic
-Office space, conference room rentals, utilities, communications, equipment (TVs, DVD players, computers, projectors, etc.) overhead expenses
-Travel expenses (hotel, airfare, meals, car rental, tolls, mileage etc.) are not compensable
-Training/education of a target audience which does not directly address the avoidance and prevention of unsafe and unhealthy working conditions and practices
-Applications from agencies of the Commonwealth or applications that propose to train employees of the Commonwealth
-Costs incurred prior to contract approval
-Other exclusions may apply; you are encouraged to contact the Office of Safety to discuss your proposal

Pre-Application Information:

This program will begin accepting applications April 23, 2018 through September 28, 2018.

The number of qualified applicants exceeds funding availability, subsequent applications will continue to be routinely accepted and evaluated. Those that qualify will be placed on a waiting list should funding become available.

Companies and organizations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to have the maximum opportunity for funding.

This is a reimbursement program. Trainings and invoices dated prior to an approved contract date are not eligible for this program.


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Contact Information:

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

Grant applications and supporting documents must be submitted electronically to:

For general inquiries, please contact:

Maria Pesantes
617-727-4900 ext. 7376

Deven Awalt
617-727-4900 ext. 7404

Department of Industrial Accidents
Workplace Safety Grant Program
One Congress St., Suite 100
Boston, MA 02114-2017

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