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Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, and Tribes for Workplace Safety Training Programs

Susan Harwood Training Grant Program - Capacity Building Developmental and Capacity Building Pilot


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
CFDA Number: 17.502
Funding or PIN Number: SHTG-FY-23-03
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/07/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, including labor unions, employer associations, community and faith-based organizations, IHEs, and tribal entities for training and educational programs for underserved and at-risk workers. Required registrations may take more than 5 weeks to complete. The program is designed to support and enable nonprofit organizations to serve in providing this important occupational safety and health training to disadvantaged workers. The program provides education and training on the advancement of workers’ workplace rights and protections against discrimination and reprisal.

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. 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 (see;
  • 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. 

Two types of capacity building grant opportunities are available. Applicant may apply for either a Capacity Building Developmental grant or a Capacity Building Pilot grant. 

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. Organizations who have completed a capacity building project funded by a previous grant may not propose a new project on the same subject areas. They have built training capacity and must continue training workers including through affiliate member without the assistance of grant funding.

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.

The program and this funding opportunity announcement prioritizes investment and funding to train workers and employers impacted by working 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. For Targeted Audiences, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Nonprofit organizations including qualifying labor unions, communitybased, 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 may apply.

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 sub-awarded, 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 and 2 CFR 200.

The applicant is the lead partner and must have the ability to perform some or all the program activities. The authorized representative and the financial certifying official must be identified in the application, and employed by the applicant organization. The authorized representative must work for the applicant organization and have the authority to enter into a grant agreement. The authorized representative will be the primary contact for OSHA communications regarding the grant.

Ineligible applicants are individuals, federal, state, and local agencies, and FY 2021 Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training and Training and Educational Materials Development grantees with more than a 90-day time extension to their grant. Additionally, 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations that engage in lobbying activities are not eligible to receive federal funds that constitute an award, grant, or loan.

Grantees may not provide consultation services under this grant program.

Pre-Application Information
This FOA closes on July 7, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

Prior to applying, the applicant’s registration must be accurate, up-to-date, and active with and the System for Award Management (SAM). To maintain an active registration in the SAM database, an applicant must review and update their information every 12 months.

If applying online poses a hardship, applicants must contact the OSHA Office of Training and Education (OTE) office at least three weeks prior to the application closing date. An OSHA representative will advise the applicant on how to submit an application online prior to the closing date.

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Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
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
Grant awards are for a 12-month performance period beginning no later than September 30, 2023, and ending on September 30, 2024. Capacity Building Developmental grantees are ineligible for a 90-day no-cost extension to their performance period. Activities that cannot be completed during the award year must be incorporated into their next year’s follow-on grant application work plan.

Contact Information
Email your FOA questions to, or call 847-725-7805, weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. eastern time.

For questions, use the online answers section at Support (, or contact Applicant Support by emailing, or calling 1-800-518-4726. support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except federal holidays.

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