Through this program, OSHA awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis. Grants are awarded to provide training and education programs for employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces.
The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program was named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA’s Health standards directorate, who died in 1996. During her 17-year tenure with the agency, Harwood helped develop OSHA standards to protect workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.
The annual amount of funds available for the Susan Harwood Training Grant program is determined by Congress during the fiscal year budget cycle. Since FY 2001 the amount of funding available for grant awards has been approximately $10 million dollars.
Training grants must target specific audiences. OSHA usually assigns preferences for grants the following sectors: non-English speaking/limited English proficiency, non-literate and low literacy workers, young workers, hard-to-reach workers, workers in high-hazard industries, industries with high fatality rates, small businesses (less than 250 employees) and new businesses.
Many Harwood grantees develop training materials and products that address workplace safety and health hazards as a part of their grant activities. A link to the materials can be found on the Harwood Web page, www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html, where they may be accessed and downloaded at no cost. As additional training products become available, OSHA will post them on this website.
The products developed by grantees have been tailored to meet the needs of various training audiences (e.g., workers, employers, young workers, non-English speaking/limited English proficiency workers) and are available in a variety of formats such as training manuals, PowerPoints, pdf files, etc. Some products are also available in languages other than English such as Spanish, Vietnamese, and Mandarin.
Harwood grants have been awarded to various nonprofit organizations including professional associations, colleges, universities, and labor unions.
Each year OSHA releases award announcements that include the names of the organizations receiving grants. See information on current and past award recipients.
To find on-going training being conducted by current grantees, contact the Grant Program Coordinator at the Regional Office, in which the grantee is located.
For more information send an email request to HarwoodGrants@dol.gov or mail the request to:
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Directorate of Training and Education
Attn: Susan Harwood Training Grant Coordinator
2020 S. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4102
Based on annual Congressional funding, OSHA has an annual competition for grants. It historically has been published in the spring or summer for award by the end of the Fiscal Year, September 30. The funding opportunity announcement for FY 2015 grants was published on April 9, 2015. The press release can be found at: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/osha/OSHA20150570.htm. The full announcements can be found at: www.grants.gov. For application assistance, please refer to the PowerPoints posted on the Susan Harwood web site: http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/howtoapplyforgrants.html.
Grants.gov, www.grants.gov, is a web site used government-wide to allow organizations to electronically find and apply for Federal grants. All organizations who plan to apply for a government grant must register with Grants.gov. The registration process generally takes between three to five business days but may be as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed in a timely manner. This process must be factored into an applicant's plans for electronic application submission to avoid delays that could result in the rejection of the application. As part of the registration process, organizations must also register for the System for Award Management (SAM). Organizations new to SAM will need to allot an additional 14 days for registration in order to receive a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code through the Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency. For application assistance, please refer to the PowerPoints posted on the Susan Harwood web site: http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/howtoapplyforgrants.html.
The announcement for the Susan Harwood funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is published in the Federal Register. The FOA is posted on the government-wide Grants.gov web site. Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for Federal grants. A copy of the latest announcement is also available on the Susan Harwood Web page at: http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html
You may register at www.grants.gov to receive weekly e-mails notifications regarding federal grant announcements. Contact Grants.gov directly if you have any questions or problems regarding this website.
Nonprofit organizations, including qualifying labor unions, community-based and faith-based organizations, and employer associations, that are not an agency of a state or local government, are eligible to apply. Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian-controlled organizations serving Indians, and Native Hawaiian organizations are eligible to apply. Additionally, state or local government-supported institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. Please note OSHA does not offer grants to individuals seeking occupational safety and health training.
The category of grants offered each year varies. Historically, training grants have been offered for Capacity Building and Targeted Topic grants. Special grants have also been offered when a specific training need has been identified.
In order to apply for a grant application, organizations must first be registered with Grants.gov. The registration process generally takes between three to five business days but may be as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed in a timely manner. This process must be factored into an applicant's plans for electronic application submission to avoid delays that could result in the rejection of the application. As part of the registration process, organizations must also register for the System for Award Management (SAM). Organizations new to SAM will need to allot an additional 14 days for registration in order to receive a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code through the Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency. There is no cost to register in any of these systems.
The US Department of Agriculture issued an advisory of an existing online scam that attempts to charge vendors for register in SAM for a one-time registration fee of $599. This is a scam. Please use the following address: https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/ to register with the SAM and this should resolve the issue.
Targeted Topics vary annually and are selected by OSHA based on such considerations as fatality statistics, new regulations or guidance documents, nation emphasis programs, and identified regional needs.
Grant applications are reviewed by technical panels comprised of OSHA staff. The selection process includes reviews for program and budget items, work plans, and organizational qualifications. Specific evaluation criteria are outlined in the announcement. The Assistant Secretary of Labor makes the final selection of organizations receiving awards. OSHA may award grants for some or all of the listed topic areas.
With each funding opportunity announcement, OSHA determines a recommended limit on funding requests. Applicants determine and submit their requests based on the projected costs and their proposed training program. OSHA considers the funding requests and may adjust the amount to meet Agency training needs or to match the dollar amount appropriated by Congress.
To receive comments on the grant application, the organization's authorized (certifying) representative should send an email request to HarwoodGrants@dol.gov. In addition to the organization's application name, the request should include the following:
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