OSHA recently announced it is accepting applications for targeted-topic training grants and capacity-building training grants through the 2015 Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. The annual grant program is named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a former director in OSHA's Office of Risk Assessment. Harwood’s 17 years of service with the agency led to the development of worker protection standards for exposure to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead.
The grants fund the creation of in-person, hands-on training and educational programs and the development of materials for workers and employers in small businesses; industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates; and vulnerable workers who are underserved, have limited English proficiency or are temporary workers. The grants will fund training and education for workers and employers to help them identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards.
The types of grants solicited vary from year to year. This year, two types of capacity-building grants are offered: capacity-building pilot and capacity-building developmental grants. Capacity-building pilot grants are aimed at assisting organizations in assessing their needs and formulating a capacity-building plan before launching a full-scale safety and health education program. Capacity-building developmental grants are intended to be used to improve and expand an organization's capacity to provide safety and health training, education and related assistance to target audiences. Capacity-building developmental grant recipients may be eligible for up to three additional 12-month follow-on grants, based on satisfactory performance.
Funding opportunity announcements can be found at http://www.grants.gov, where new applicants must register and returning applicants must confirm accuracy of their registration information before completing the application. OSHA states that the registration process generally takes three to five business days, though it may take as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed in a timely manner. OSHA recommends that organizations new to the System for Award Management allow for an additional 14 days for registration to obtain a commercial and government entity code.
With that in mind, applicants are encouraged to begin the registering with www.grants.gov as soon as possible. Applications for both targeted topic training grants (SHTG-FY-15-01) and capacity building grants (SHTG-FY-15-02) must be submitted electronically, no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 2, 2015. No extensions will be granted.
Short OSHA-developed webinars aimed at helping prospective applicants understand the application process can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html.