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

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

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United States Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

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08/23/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofits, including labor unions, community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, IHEs, and tribal and Native entities to support workforce health and safety training initiatives. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

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:

  • 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 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;
  • Training at-risk and/or low literacy workers, including temporary and warehouse workers;
  • 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:

  • 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. Based on a needs assessment, 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.
  • 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. The Capacity Building Pilot allows an organization to complete pilot activities and to solidify the organization’s capacity building plans, by allowing time to formulate and test program objectives before applying for a full-scale Capacity Building Developmental training program. Recipients of a Capacity Building Pilot grant will initiate limited program operations during the 12-month pilot period. The program operations should be small-scale trial projects. Upon successful completion of the Capacity Building Pilot grant, the organization may apply for a Capacity Building Developmental grant in the next fiscal year the grant opportunity is available. 

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Capacity Building Developmental grant applicants may request federal funding up to $180,000.

Capacity Building Pilot grant applicants may request federal funding up to $80,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards are for a 12-month performance period beginning no later than September 30, 2021, and ending on September 30, 2022.

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

Capacity Building Pilot grantees are not eligible for a follow-on grant.

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), institutions of higher education supported by a state or local government, and Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Indian-controlled organizations serving Indians, Alaska Native entities, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Applicants other than institutions of higher education supported by a state or local government must submit evidence of nonprofit status.

All organizations listed in an application as a partner, or as a part of a consortium, must be eligible to be a grantee 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, or develop the ability, to perform the program activities. The authorized representative and the financial certifying official must be identified in the application, and employed by the lead partner. The authorized representative must have the authority to enter into a grant agreement, and will be the primary contact for OSHA communications regarding the grant.

Ineligible applicants are individuals and FY 2020 Susan Harwood 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.

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Pre-Application Information:

This FOA closes on August 23, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. Applications not validated by, or submitted after this deadline, are ineligible for consideration.

Award announcements will occur before September 30, 2021.

Organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number, active System for Award Management (SAM) registration, and account to apply for grants. Creating a account can be completed online in minutes, but DUNS and SAM registrations may take several weeks. Therefore, an organization's registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact the entity's ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

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.

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.

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

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