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Workplace Safety Training Programs

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

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U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

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08/01/22 11:59 PM ET


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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 aims to advance the job quality of the American workforce by providing disadvantaged, underserved, low-income, or other hard-to-reach, at-risk workers hazard awareness, avoidance, and control training to protect them from on-the-job hazards, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act.

The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program seeks applications based on proven strategies to reach the target training populations while also developing innovative solutions to expand access.

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

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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:

Grant awards are for a 12-month performance period beginning no later than September 30, 2022, and ending on September 30, 2023. 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are restricted to nonprofit organizations and include qualifying labor unions, community-based, 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.

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. Organizations having a FY 2021 or FY 2022 Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, Including COVID-19 grant, may apply for and receive a FY 2022 Susan Harwood training grant. OSHA allows organizations to receive both grants.

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 August 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

Technical assistance, guidance, and support for this funding opportunity is presented in OSHA’s FY 2022 Susan Harwood Training Grant Funding Opportunity Overview available on YouTube at:

Prior to submitting an application, 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. Inaccurate or expired information may result in rejection of the grant application. If an applicant is using for the first time, it is strongly recommended that the organization complete the steps to “Register as an Organization” with at as soon as possible. It can take up to five weeks to complete the registration process.
Starting on April 4, 2022, the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number was replaced by a “new, non-proprietary identifier” that must be requested in, and is assigned by, the System for Award Management ( This new identifier is called the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and is now required by (in lieu of the now-defunct DUNS number). If you have any questions on the UEI please reach out to for assistance. The required SAM registration may take from two to more than five weeks to complete and requires an employer identification number (EIN) and a notarized letter from the organization’s authorized representative. It is free to register with SAM at

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

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