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• Publication Date: 06/29/2006
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 71:37099-37120
• Title: Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, FY 2006 Budget

[Federal Register: June 29, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 125)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
 
Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, FY 2006 Budget

ACTION: Initial announcement of availability of funds and solicitation 
for grant applications.

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Funding Opportunity No.: SHTG-FY-06-01
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No.: 17.502

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration (OSHA) awards funds to nonprofit organizations to 
provide training and education programs for employers and workers about 
safety and health topics selected by OSHA. Nonprofit organizations, including 
community-based and faith-based organizations, that are not an agency 
of a State or local government, are eligible to apply. State or local 
government-supported institutions of higher education are eligible to 
apply in accordance with 29 CFR part 95. This notice announces grant 
availability for Susan Harwood Training Program grants. This notice 
contains all of the necessary information and forms needed to apply for 
grant funding.

DATES: Grant applications must be received by the OSHA Office of 
Training and Education in Arlington Heights, Illinois, by 4:30 p.m. 
(central time) on Friday, July 21, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Grant applications must be sent to the attention of: Grants 
Officer, U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Office of Training and 
Education, 2020 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois 
60005-4102.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Funding Opportunity Description

Overview of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program

    The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program provides funds for 
programs to train workers and employers to recognize, avoid, and 
prevent safety and health hazards in their workplaces. The program 
emphasizes three areas:
     Educating workers and employers in small businesses. A 
small business has 250 or fewer workers.
     Training workers and employers about new OSHA standards.
     Training workers and employers about high risk activities 
or hazards identified by OSHA through its Strategic Management Plan, or 
as part of an OSHA special emphasis program.

Grant Category Being Announced

    OSHA will accept applications for the Targeted Topic training grant 
category in FY 2006.

Topics for the Targeted Topic Training Category

    Organizations funded for Targeted Topic training category grants 
are expected to develop and provide occupational safety and health 
training and/or educational programs addressing one of the topics 
selected by OSHA, recruit workers and employers for the training, and 
conduct and evaluate the training. Grantees are also expected to 
conduct follow-up evaluations with people trained by their program to 
determine what, if any, changes were made to reduce hazards in their 
workplaces as a result of the training. If your organization plans to 
train workers or employers in any of the 26 states operating OSHA-
approved State Plans, State OSHA requirements must be included in the 
training.
    Ten different training topics were selected for this grant 
announcement. OSHA may award grants for some or all of the listed 
Targeted Topic training topics. Applicants wishing to address more than 
one of the announced grant topics must submit a separate grant 
application for each topic. Each application must propose a plan for 
developing and conducting training programs addressing the recognition 
and prevention of safety and health hazards for one of the topics 
listed below.
    Construction Industry Hazards. Programs that train workers and 
employers in the recognition and prevention of safety and health 
hazards on one of the following topics:
     Falls in construction, including residential construction. 
Applicants must propose to conduct this training in English and 
Spanish. Additional languages may also be proposed.
     Focus Four construction hazards (falls, electrocution, 
caught-in and struck-by). Proposed training programs must include all 
four hazards.
     Work zone safety, including highway construction work zone 
safety and disaster site cleanup and recovery work zones.
    General Industry Hazards. Programs that train workers and employers 
in the recognition and prevention of safety and health hazards on one 
of the following topics:
     Amputation hazards, including lockout/tagout hazards
     Landscaping and Horticulture (NAICS 56173/SIC 078)
     Oil and gas field services (NAICS 21311-12/SIC 138)
    Other Safety and Health Topic Areas. Programs that train workers 
and employers in the recognition and prevention of safety and health 
hazards on one of the following topics:
     Disaster response and recovery
     Hexavalent chromium
     Workplace emergency planning, including the healthcare 
industry
     Overview of OSHA safety and health requirements for Tribal 
organizations and affected workers

II. Award Information

    Targeted Topic grants will be awarded for a 12-month period. The 
project period for these grants begins September 30, 2006, and ends 
September 30, 2007. There is approximately $6.8 million available for 
this grant category. The average Federal award will be $175,000.

III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

    Nonprofit organizations, including community-based and faith-based 
organizations, that are not an agency of a State or local government 
are eligible to apply. State or local government supported institutions 
of higher education are eligible to apply in accordance with 29 CFR 
part 95. Eligible organizations can apply independently for funding or 
in partnership with other eligible organizations, but in such a case, a 
lead organization must be identified. Sub-contracts must be awarded in 
accordance with 29 CFR 95.40-48, including OMB circulars requiring free 
and open competition for procurement transactions.
    A 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, as described in 26 U.S.C. 
501(c)(4), that engages in lobbying activities will not be eligible for 
the receipt of Federal funds constituting an award, grant or loan. See 
1 U.S.C. 1611.
    Applicants other than State or local government supported 
institutions of higher education will be required to submit evidence of 
nonprofit status, preferably from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

    Authority:  The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and 
the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2006, Pub. L. 109-149, 
authorize this program.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

    Applicants are not required to contribute non-Federal resources.

3. Other Eligibility Requirements

A. Legal Rules Pertaining to Inherently Religious Activities by 
Organizations that Receive Federal Financial Assistance
    The U.S. Government is generally prohibited from providing 
``direct'' financial assistance for inherently religious activities.\1\
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    \1\ In this context, the term direct financial assistance means 
financial assistance that is provided directly by a government 
entity or an intermediate organization, as opposed to financial 
assistance that an organization receives as the result of the 
genuine and independent private choice of a beneficiary. In other 
contexts, the term ``direct'' financial assistance may be used to 
refer to financial assistance that an organization receives directly 
from the Federal government (also know as ``discretionary'' 
assistance), as opposed to assistance that it receives from a State 
or Local government (also know as ``indirect'' or ``block'' grant 
assistance). The term ``direct'' has the former meaning throughout 
this solicitation for grant applications (SGA).
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    The Grantee may be a faith-based organization or work with and 
partner with religious institutions; however, ``direct'' Federal 
assistance provided under grants with the U. S. Department of Labor 
may not be used for religious instruction, worship, prayer, proselytizing 
or other inherently religious practices. 29 CFR Part 2, Subpart D governs the 
treatment in Department of Labor government programs of religious 
organizations and religious activities; the Grantee and sub-contractors 
are expected to be aware of and observe the regulations in this 
subpart.

IV. Address To Request Application Forms

1. Application Forms

    Application forms are published as part of this Federal Register 
notice and in the Federal Register, which may be obtained from your 
nearest Federal depository library or online at http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/index.html.
 The complete Federal 

Register notice and application forms may also be downloaded from the 
OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant Program Web site at http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

    Each grant application must address only one of the announced 
topics. Organizations interested in applying for grants for more than 
one of the announced topics must submit separate applications for each 
topic.
A. Required Contents
    To be considered for a Harwood grant, an applicant must submit one 
(1) blue-ink signed original complete application in English plus two 
(2) copies that includes all of the information listed below. A 
complete application will contain the following forms and narrative 
sections. The parts are listed in the order in which they should appear 
in the application.
    (a) Application for Federal Assistance form (SF 424). The 
individual signing the SF 424 form on behalf of the applicant must be 
authorized to bind the applicant. Your organization is required to have 
a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number from Dun and Bradstreet to 
complete this form. Information about ``Obtaining a DUNS Number--A 
Guide for Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Applicants'' is 
available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/duns_num_guide.pdf.
    (b) Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants form (OMB 
No. 1890-0014).
    (c) Program Summary (described further in subsection B below). The 
program summary is a short one-to-two page abstract that succinctly 
summarizes the proposed project and provides information about the 
applicant organization.
    (d) Budget Information form (SF 424A).
    (e) Detailed Project Budget Backup. The detailed budget backup will 
provide a detailed break out of the costs that are listed in Section B 
of the SF 424A Budget Information form.
    If applicable: Provide a copy of approved indirect cost rate 
agreement, and statement of program income.
    (f) A description of any voluntary non-Federal resource 
contribution to be provided by the applicant, including source of funds 
and estimated amount.
    (g) Technical Proposal program narrative (described further in 
subsection B below), not to exceed 30 single-sided pages, double-
spaced, 12-point font, containing: Problem Statement/Need for Funds; 
Administrative and Program Capability; and Workplan.
    (h) Assurances form (SF 424B).
    (i) Certifications form (OSHA 189).
    (j) Supplemental Certification Regarding Lobbying Activities form.
    (k) Organizational Chart.
    (l) Evidence of Non-Profit status, preferably from the Internal 
Revenue Service (IRS), if applicable. (Does not apply to State and 
local government-supported institutions of higher education.)
    (m) Accounting System Certification, if applicable. Organizations 
that receive less than $1 million annually in Federal grants must 
attach a certification signed by your certifying official stating that 
your organization has a functioning accounting system that meets the 
criteria below. Your organization may also designate a qualified entity 
(include the name and address in the documentation) to maintain a 
functioning accounting system that meets the criteria below. The 
certification should attest that your organization's accounting system 
provides for the following:
    1. Accurate, current and complete disclosure of the financial 
results of each Federally sponsored project.
    2. Records that identify adequately the source and application of 
funds for Federally sponsored activities.
    3. Effective control over and accountability for all funds, 
property and other assets.
    4. Comparison of outlays with budget amounts.
    5. Written procedures to minimize the time elapsing between the 
transfer of funds.
    6. Written procedures for determining the reasonableness, 
allocability and allowability of costs.
    7. Accounting records, including cost accounting records that are 
supported by source documentation.
    (n) Any attachments such as resumes of key personnel or position 
descriptions, exhibits, information on prior government grants, and 
signed letters of commitment to the project.
    To be considered responsive to this solicitation, the application 
must consist of the above mentioned separate parts. Major sections and 
sub-sections of the application should be divided and clearly 
identified (e.g., with tab dividers), and all pages shall be numbered. 
Standard forms, attachments, exhibits and the Program Summary abstract 
are not counted toward the page limit.
    The forms listed above are included as a part of this Federal 
Register notice. The forms are also available on the OSHA grant web 
page at http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html.

B. Budget Information
    Applicants must include the following grant project budget 
information.
    (a) Budget Information form (SF 424A).
    (b) A Detailed Project Budget that clearly details the costs of 
performing all of the requirements presented in this solicitation. The 
detailed budget will break out the costs that are listed in Section B 
of the SF 424A Budget Information form.
    Applicants are reminded to budget for compliance with the 
administrative requirements set forth. (Copies of all regulations that 
are referenced in this SGA are available on-line at no cost at http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html.)
This includes the costs of performing activities such as travel for two 
staff members, one program and one financial, to the Chicago area to 
attend a new grantee orientation meeting; financial audit, if required; 
project closeout; document preparation (e.g., quarterly progress reports, 
project document); and ensuring compliance with procurement and property 
standards. The Detailed Project Budget should identify administrative 
costs separately from programmatic costs for both Federal and non-
Federal funds. Administrative costs include indirect costs from the 
costs pool and the cost of activities, materials, meeting close-out 
requirements as described in Section VI, and personnel (e.g., 
administrative assistants) who support the management and 
administration of the project but do not provide direct services to 
project beneficiaries. Indirect cost charges, which are considered 
administrative costs, must be supported with a copy of an approved 
Indirect Cost Rate Agreement form. Administrative costs cannot exceed 
25% of the total grant budget. The project budget should clearly 
demonstrate that the total amount and distribution of funds is 
sufficient to cover the cost of all major project activities identified 
by the applicant in its proposal, and must comply with Federal cost 
principles (which can be found in the applicable OMB Circulars).
    (c) A description of any voluntary non-Federal resource 
contribution to be provided by the applicant, including source of funds 
and estimated amount.
C. Program Summary and Technical Proposal
    The Program Summary and the Technical Proposal will contain the 
narrative segments of the application. The Program Summary abstract is 
not to exceed two pages. The Technical Proposal program narrative 
section is not to exceed 30 single-sided (8\1/2\'' x 11'' or A4), 
double-spaced, 12-point font, typed pages, consisting of the Problem 
Statement/Need for Funds, Administrative and Program Capability, and 
Workplan. Reviewers will only consider Technical Proposal information 
up to the 30-page limit. The Technical Proposal must demonstrate the 
capability to successfully administer the grant and to meet the 
objectives of this solicitation. The Technical Proposal will be rated 
in accordance with the selection criteria specified in Section V.
    The Program Summary and Technical Proposal must include the 
following sections.
    (a) Program Summary. An abstract of the application, not to exceed 
two pages, that must include the following information.
     Applicant organization's full legal name.
     Project director's name, title, street address, and 
mailing address if it is different from the street address, telephone 
and fax numbers, and e-mail address. The Project Director is the person 
who will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and administration 
of the program.
     Certifying Representative's name, title, street address, 
and mailing address if it is different from the street address, 
telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address. The Certifying 
Representative is the official in your organization who is authorized 
to enter into grant agreements.
     Funding requested. List how much Federal funding you are 
requesting. If your organization is contributing non-Federal resources, 
also list the amount of non-Federal resources and the source of the 
funds.
     Grant Topic. List the grant topic and industry or subject 
area your organization has selected to target in its application.
     Summary of the Proposed Project. Write a brief program 
summary of your proposed project.
     Applicant Background. Describe your applicant 
organization, including its mission and a description of your 
membership, if any.
    (b) The Technical Proposal program narrative segment, which is not 
to exceed 30 single-sided, double-spaced, 12-point font pages in 
length, must address each section listed below.
     Problem Statement/Need for Funds. Describe the hazards 
that will be addressed in your program, the target population(s) that 
will benefit from your training and education program, and the barriers 
that have prevented this population from receiving adequate training. 
When you discuss target populations, include geographic location(s), 
and the number of workers and employers.
     Administrative and Program Capability. Briefly describe 
your organization's functions and activities. Relate this description 
of functions to your organizational chart that is included in the 
application. If your organization is conducting, or has conducted 
within the last five years, any other government (Federal, State, or 
local) grant programs, the application must include an attachment 
(which will not count towards the page limit) providing information 
regarding previous grants including (a) the organization for which the 
work was done, and (b) the dollar value of the grant. If your 
organization has not had previous grant experience, you may partner 
with an organization that has grant experience to manage the grant. If 
you use this approach, the management organization must be identified 
and its grant program experience discussed.
    Program Experience. Describe your organization's experience 
conducting the type of program that you are proposing. Include program 
specifics such as program title, numbers trained and duration of 
training. Experience includes safety and health experience, training 
experience with adults, and programs operated specifically for the 
selected target population(s). Nonprofit organizations, including 
community-based and faith-based organizations, that do not have prior 
experience in safety and health may partner with an established safety 
and health organization to acquire safety and health expertise.
    Staff Experience. Describe the qualifications of the professional 
staff you will assign to the program. Include resumes of staff already 
on board. If some positions are vacant, include position descriptions/
minimum hiring qualifications instead of resumes. Qualified staff are 
those with safety and health experience, training experience, or 
experience working with the target population.
     Workplan. The 12-month workplan should correlate with the 
grant project period that will begin September 30, 2006, and end 
September 30, 2007. An outline of specific items required in your 
workplan follows.
    Plan Overview. Describe your plan for grant activities and the 
anticipated outcomes. The overall plan will describe such things as the 
development of training materials, the training content, recruiting of 
trainees, where or how training will take place, and the anticipated 
benefits to workers and employers receiving the training.
    Activities. Break your overall plan down into activities or tasks. 
For each activity, explain what will be done, who will do it, when it 
will be done, and the results of the activity. When you discuss 
training, include the subjects to be taught, the length of the training 
sessions, and training location (classroom, worksites). Describe how 
you will recruit trainees for the training.
    Quarterly Projections. For training and other quantifiable 
activities, estimate how many, e.g., number of advisory committee 
meetings, classes to be conducted, workers and employers to be trained, 
etc., you will do each quarter of the grant (grant quarters match 
calendar quarters, i.e., January to March, April to June) and provide 
the training number totals for the grant. Quarterly projections are 
used to measure your actual performance against your plans. If you plan 
to conduct a train-the-trainer program, estimate the number of 
individuals you expect to be trained during the grant period by those 
who received the train-the-trainer training. These second tier training 
numbers should only be included if your organization is planning to 
follow up with the trainers to obtain this data during the grant 
period.
    Materials. Describe each educational material you will produce 
under the grant, if not treated as a separate activity under Activities 
above. Provide a timetable for developing and producing the material. 
OSHA must review and approve training materials for technical accuracy 
and suitability of content before the materials may be used in your
grant program. Therefore, your timetable must include provisions for an 
OSHA review of draft and camera-ready products. For Targeted Topic 
training grants, any commercially-developed training materials you are 
proposing to utilize in your grant training must also go through an 
OSHA review before being used.
    Evaluations. There are three types of evaluations that should be 
conducted. First, describe plans to evaluate the training sessions. 
Second, describe your plans to evaluate your progress in accomplishing 
the grant work activities listed in your application. This includes 
comparing planned and actual accomplishments. Discuss who is 
responsible for taking corrective action if plans are not being met. 
Third, describe your plans to assess the effectiveness of the training 
your organization is conducting. This will involve following-up, by 
survey or on-site review, if feasible, with people who attended the 
training to find out what changes were made to abate hazards in their 
workplaces. Include timetables for follow-up and for submitting a 
summary of the assessment results to OSHA.
    (c) An organizational chart of the staff that will be working on 
this grant and their location within the applicant organization.
    Attachments: Summaries of other relevant organizational 
experiences; information on prior government grants; resumes of key 
personnel and/or position descriptions; and signed letters of 
commitment to the project.

3. Submission Date, Times, and Addresses

    Date: The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, July 
21, 2006. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. (central time) at 
the address below. Applications sent by e-mail, telegram, or facsimile 
(FAX) will not be accepted. Applications sent by other delivery 
services, such as Federal Express, UPS, etc., will be accepted; the 
applicant, however, bears the responsibility for timely submission. 
Applications that do not meet the conditions set forth in this notice 
will not be honored. No exceptions to the mailing and delivery 
requirements set forth in this notice will be granted.
    Applications must be delivered to: Grants Officer, U.S. Department 
of Labor, OSHA Office of Training and Education, 2020 S. Arlington 
Heights Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005-4102.
    One (1) blue ink-signed original complete application in English 
plus two (2) copies of each application must be received at the 
designated place by the date and time specified or it will not be 
considered unless:
    (a) It was sent by registered or certified mail no later than the 
fifth calendar day before the closing date; or
    (b) It was sent by U.S. Postal Service Express Mail/Next Day 
Service from the post office to the addressee no later than 4:45 p.m. 
at the place of mailing two (2) working days (excluding weekends and 
Federal holidays and days when the Federal government is closed), prior 
to the closing date; or
    (c) It is determined by the Government that the late receipt was 
due solely to mishandling by the Government after receipt at the U.S. 
Department of Labor at the address indicated.
    The only acceptable evidence to establish the date of mailing of a 
late application sent by registered or certified mail is the U.S. 
Postal Service postmark on the envelope or wrapper and on the original 
receipt from the U.S. Postal Service. If the postmark is not legible, 
an application received after the above closing time and date shall be 
processed as if mailed late. ``Postmark'' means a printed, stamped, or 
otherwise placed impression (not a postage meter machine impression) 
that is readily identifiable without further action as having been 
applied and affixed by an employee of the U.S. Postal Service on the 
date of mailing. Therefore, applicants should request that the postal 
clerk place a legible hand cancellation ``bulls-eye'' postmark on both 
the receipt and the envelope or wrapper. The only acceptable evidence 
to establish the date of mailing of a late application sent by U.S. 
Postal Service Express Mail/Next Day Service from the Post Office to 
the addressee is the date entered by the Post Office receiving clerk on 
the ``Express Mail/Next Day Service--Post Office to Addressee'' label 
and the postmark on the envelope or wrapper on the original receipt 
from the U.S. Postal Service. ``Postmark'' has the same meaning as 
defined above.

4. Intergovernmental Review

    The Harwood Training Grant Program is not subject to Executive 
Order 12372 Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.

5. Funding Restrictions

    Grant funds may be spent on the following.
    (a) Conducting training.
    (b) Conducting other activities that reach and inform workers and 
employers about workplace occupational safety and health hazards and 
hazard abatement.
    (c) Conducting outreach and recruiting activities to increase the 
number of workers and employers participating in the program.
    (d) Developing educational materials for use in training.
    Grant funds may not be used for the following activities under the 
terms of the grant program.
    (a) Any activity that is inconsistent with the goals and objectives 
of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
    (b) Training individuals not covered by the Occupational Safety and 
Health Act.
    (c) Training workers or employers from workplaces not covered by 
the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Examples include: State and 
local government workers in non-State Plan States, and workers 
referenced in section 4(b)(1) of the Act.
    (d) Training on topics that do not cover the recognition, 
avoidance, and prevention of unsafe or unhealthy working conditions. 
Examples of unallowable topics include: Workers' compensation, first 
aid, and publication of materials prejudicial to labor or management.
    (e) Assisting workers in arbitration cases or other actions against 
employers, or assisting employers and workers in the prosecution of 
claims against Federal, State or local governments.
    (f) Duplicating services offered by OSHA, a State under an OSHA-
approved State Plan, or consultation programs provided by State 
designated agencies under section 21(d) of the Occupational Safety and 
Health Act.
    (g) Generating membership in the grantee's organization. This 
includes activities to acquaint nonmembers with the benefits of 
membership, inclusion of membership appeals in materials produced with 
grant funds, and membership drives.
    (h) Administrative costs cannot exceed 25% of the total grant 
budget.
    While the activities described above may be part of an 
organization's regular programs, the costs of these activities cannot 
be paid for by grant funds, whether the funds are from matching 
resources or from the Federally funded portion of the grant.
    Determinations of allowable costs will be made in accordance with 
the applicable Federal cost principles, e.g., Nonprofit Organizations--
2 CFR Part 230, formerly OMB Circular A-122; Educational Institutions--
2 CFR Part 220, formerly OMB Circular A-21. Disallowed costs are those 
charges to a grant that the grantor agency or its representative 
determines to not be allowed in accordance with the applicable Federal 
Cost Principles or other conditions contained in the grant.
    No applicant at any time will be entitled to reimbursement of pre-
award costs.

V. Application Review Information

    Grant applications will be reviewed by technical panels comprised 
of OSHA staff. The results of the grant reviews will be presented to 
the Assistant Secretary of OSHA, who will make the selection of 
organizations to be awarded grants. OSHA may award grants for some or 
all of the listed topic areas. It is anticipated that the grant awards 
will be announced in September 2006.

1. Evaluation Criteria

    The technical panels will review grant applications against the 
criteria listed below on the basis of 100 maximum points.
    Targeted Topic training grant category applications will be 
reviewed and rated as follows.
A. Technical Approach, Program Design--45 Points Total
Program Design
    (1) The proposed training and education program must address the 
recognition and prevention of safety and health hazards for one of the 
Targeted Topic subject areas. (3 points)
    Construction Industry Hazards. Programs that train workers and 
employers in the recognition and prevention of safety and health 
hazards on one of the following topics:
     Falls in construction, including residential construction. 
Applicants must propose to conduct this training in English and 
Spanish. Additional languages may also be proposed.
     Focus Four construction hazards (falls, electrocution, 
caught-in and struck-by). Proposed training programs must include all 
four hazards.
     Work zone safety, including highway construction work zone 
safety and disaster site cleanup and recovery work zones.
    General Industry Hazards. Programs that train workers and employers 
in the recognition and prevention of safety and health hazards on one 
of the following topics:
     Amputation hazards, including lockout/tagout.
     Landscaping and Horticulture (NAICS 56173/SIC 078)
     Oil and gas field services (NAICS 21311-12/SIC 138)
    Other Safety and Health Topics Areas. Programs that train workers 
and employers in the recognition and prevention of safety and health 
hazards on one of the following topics:
     Disaster response and recovery
     Hexavalent chromium
     Workplace emergency planning, including the healthcare 
industry
     Overview of OSHA safety and health requirements for Tribal 
organizations and affected workers
    (2) The proposal plans to train workers and/or employers, clearly 
estimates the numbers to be trained, and clearly identifies the types 
of workers and employers to be trained. The training will reach workers 
and employers from multiple employers. (4 points)
    (3) If the proposal contains a train-the-trainer program, the 
following information must be provided: (4 points)
     What ongoing support the grantee will provide to new 
trainers;
     The number of individuals to be trained as trainers;
     The estimated number of courses to be conducted by the new 
trainers;
     The estimated number of students to be trained by these 
new trainers; and
     A description of how the grantee will obtain data from the 
new trainers documenting their classes and student numbers.
    (4) The workplan activities and training are described. The planned 
activities and training are tailored to the needs and levels of the 
workers and employers to be trained. The target audience to be served 
through the grant program is described. The training materials and 
training programs are tailored to the training needs of one or more of 
the following target audiences: small businesses; new businesses; 
limited English proficiency, non-literate and low literacy workers; 
youth; immigrant and minority workers, and other hard-to-reach workers; 
and workers in high-hazard industries and industries with high fatality 
rates. Organizations proposing to develop Spanish-language training 
materials should utilize the OSHA Dictionaries (English-to-Spanish and 
Spanish-to-English) for terminology. The dictionaries are available on 
the OSHA Web site at: http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/compliance_assistance/spanish_dictionaries.html.
 Organizations proposing to develop materials in languages other than 
English will also be required to provide an English version of the materials.
(20 points)
    (5) There is a plan to recruit trainees for the program. (3 points)
    (6) If the proposal includes developing educational materials for 
use in the training program, there is a plan for OSHA to review the 
educational materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content 
during development. If commercially-developed training products will be 
used for the Targeted Topic training program, applicants should also 
plan for OSHA to review the materials before using the products in 
their grant program. (3 points)
    (7) There are plans for three different types of evaluation. The 
plans include evaluating your organization's progress in accomplishing 
the grant work activities and accomplishments, evaluating your training 
sessions, and evaluating the program's effectiveness and impact to 
determine if the safety and health training and services provided 
resulted in workplace change. This includes a description of the 
evaluation plan to follow up with trainees to determine the impact the 
program has had in abating hazards and reducing worker injuries. (5 
points)
    (8) The application is complete, including forms, budget detail, 
narrative and workplan, and required attachments. (3 points)
B. Budget--20 Points Total
    (1) The budgeted costs are reasonable. No more than 25% of the 
total budget is for administration. (10 points)
    (2) The budget complies with Federal cost principles (which can be 
found in the applicable OMB Circulars) and with OSHA budget 
requirements contained in the grant application instructions. (5 
points)
    (3) The cost per trainee is less than $500 and the cost per 
training hour is reasonable. (5 points)
C. Past Performance--18 Points Total
    (1) The organization applying for the grant demonstrates experience 
with occupational safety and health. Applicants that do not have prior 
experience in providing safety and health training to workers or 
employers may partner with an established safety and health 
organization to acquire safety and health expertise. (5 points)
    (2) The organization applying for the grant demonstrates experience 
training adults in work-related subjects or in recruiting, training and 
working with the target audience for this grant. (5 points)
    (3) The application organization demonstrates that the applicant 
has strong financial management and internal control systems. (5 
points)
    (4) The applicant organization has administered, or will work with 
an organization that has administered, a number of different Federal 
and/or State grants over the past five years. (3 points)
D. Experience and Qualification of Personnel--17 Points Total
    (1) The staff to be assigned to the project has experience in 
occupational safety and health, the specific topic chosen, and in 
training adults. (10 points)
    (2) Project staff has experience in recruiting, training, and 
working with the population your organization proposes to serve under 
the grant. (7 points)

2. Review and Selection Process

    OSHA will screen all applications to determine whether all required 
proposal elements are present and clearly identifiable. Those that do 
not may be deemed non-responsive and may not be evaluated. A technical 
panel will objectively rate each complete application against the 
criteria described in this announcement. The panel recommendations to 
the Assistant Secretary are advisory in nature. The Assistant Secretary 
may establish a minimally acceptable rating range for the purpose of 
selecting qualified applicants. The Assistant Secretary will make a 
final selection determination based on what is most advantageous to the 
Government, considering factors such as panel findings, geographic 
presence of the applicants, Agency priorities, the best value to the 
government, cost, and other factors. The Assistant Secretary's 
determination for award under this solicitation for grant applications 
(SGA) is final.

3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

    Announcement of these awards is expected to occur by September 30, 
2006. The grant agreement will be awarded by no later than September 
30, 2006.

VI. Award Administration Information

1. Award Process

    Organizations selected as grant recipients will be notified by a 
representative of the Assistant Secretary, usually from an OSHA 
Regional Office. An applicant whose proposal is not selected will be 
notified in writing.
    Notice that an organization has been selected as a grant recipient 
does not constitute approval of the grant application as submitted. 
Before the actual grant award, OSHA will enter into negotiations 
concerning such items as program components, staffing and funding 
levels, and administrative systems. If the negotiations do not result 
in an acceptable submittal, the Assistant Secretary reserves the right 
to terminate the negotiation and decline to fund the proposal.

    Note: Except as specifically provided, OSHA's acceptance of a 
proposal and an award of Federal funds to sponsor any program(s) 
does not provide a waiver of any grant requirement or procedures. 
For example, if an application identifies a specific sub-contractor 
to provide the services, the USDOL OSHA award does not provide the 
justification or basis to sole-source the procurement, i.e., to 
avoid competition.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    All grantees, including faith-based organizations, will be subject 
to applicable Federal laws and regulations (including provisions of 
appropriations law) and the applicable Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) Circulars. The grant award(s) awarded under this SGA will be 
subject to the following administrative standards and provisions, if 
applicable.
    29 CFR Part 2, Subpart D, new equal treatment regulations.
    29 CFR Parts 31, 32, 35 and 36 as applicable.
    29 CFR Part 93, new restrictions on lobbying.
    29 CFR Part 95, which covers grant requirements for nonprofit 
organizations, including universities and hospitals. These are the 
Department of Labor regulations implementing 2 CFR Part 215, formerly 
OMB Circular A-110.
    29 CFR Part 98, government-wide debarment and suspension 
(nonprocurement) and government wide requirements for drug-free 
workplace (grants).
    2 CFR Part 220, formerly OMB Circular A-21, which describes 
allowable and unallowable costs for educational institutions.
    2 CFR Part 230, formerly OMB circular A-122, which describes 
allowable and unallowable costs for other nonprofit organizations.
    OMB Circular A-133, 29 CFR parts 96 and 99, which provide 
information about audit requirements.
    Certifications. All applicants are required to certify to a drug-
free workplace in accordance with 29 CFR part 98, to comply with the 
New Restrictions on Lobbying published at 29 CFR part 93, to make a 
certification regarding the debarment rules at 29 CFR part 98, and to 
complete a special lobbying certification.
    Students. Grant-funded training programs must serve multiple 
employers and their employees. Grant-funded training programs must 
serve individuals covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 
1970. As a part of the grant close-out process, grantees must self-
certify that their grant-funded programs and materials were not 
provided to ineligible audiences.
    Other. In keeping with the policies outlined in Executive Orders 
13256, 12928, 13230, and 13021 as amended, the grantee is strongly 
encouraged to provide subgranting opportunities to Historically Black 
Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal 
Colleges and Universities.

3. Special Program Requirements

    OSHA review of educational materials. OSHA will review all 
educational materials produced by the grantee for technical accuracy 
and suitability of content during development and before final 
publication. OSHA will also review training curricula and purchased 
training materials for technical accuracy and suitability of content 
before the materials are used. Grantees developing training materials 
must follow all copyright laws and provide written certification that 
their materials are free from copyright infringements.
    When grant recipients produce training materials, they must provide 
copies of completed materials to OSHA before the end of the grant 
period. OSHA has a lending program that circulates grant-produced 
audiovisual materials. Audiovisual materials produced by the grantee as 
a part of its grant program may be included in this lending program. In 
addition, all materials produced by grantees must be provided to OSHA 
in hard copy as well as in a digital format (CD ROM/DVD) for possible 
publication on the Internet by OSHA. Two copies of the materials must 
be provided to OSHA. Acceptable formats for training materials include 
Microsoft XP Word and PowerPoint.
    As listed in 29 CFR 95.36, the Department of Labor reserves a 
royalty-free, nonexclusive and irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, 
or otherwise use any work produced under a grant, for Federal purposes, 
and to authorize others to do so. Applicants should note that grantees 
must agree to provide the Department of Labor a paid-up, nonexclusive 
and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use for 
Federal purposes all products developed, or for which ownership was 
purchased, under an award including, but not limited to, curricula, 
training models, technical assistance products, and any related 
materials, and to authorize them to do so. Such uses include, but are 
not limited to, the right to modify and distribute such products worldwide
by any means, electronic or otherwise.
    Acknowledgment of USDOL Funding. In all circumstances, all approved 
grant-funded materials developed by a grantee shall contain the 
following disclaimer:
    This material was produced under grant number--------------------
from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department 
of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the 
U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial 
products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
    Public reference to grant: When issuing statements, press releases, 
requests for proposals, bid solicitations, and other documents 
describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal 
money, all Grantees receiving Federal funds must clearly state:
     The percentage of the total costs of the program or 
project, that will be financed with Federal money;
     The dollar amount of Federal financial assistance for the 
project or program; and
     The percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of the 
project or program that will be financed by non-governmental sources.
    Use of U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) OSHA Logo: In consultation 
with USDOL--OSHA, the Grantee(s) must acknowledge USDOL's role as 
described below:
     The USDOL-OSHA logo may be applied to USDOL-funded 
material prepared for world-wide distribution, including posters, 
videos, pamphlets, research documents, national survey results, impact 
evaluations, best practice reports, and other publications of global 
interest. The Grantee(s) must consult with USDOL-OSHA on whether the 
logo may be used on any such items prior to final draft or final 
preparation for distribution. In no event shall the USDOL-OSHA logo be 
placed on any item until USDOL-OSHA has given the Grantee written 
permission to use the logo on the item.
     All documents must include the following notice: ``This 
document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. 
Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial 
products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

4. Reporting

    Grantees are required by Departmental regulations to submit program 
and financial reports each calendar quarter. All reports are due no 
later than 30 days after the end of the fiscal quarter and shall be 
submitted to the appropriate OSHA Regional Office.
    The Grantee(s) shall submit financial reports on a quarterly basis. 
The first reporting period shall end on the last day of the fiscal 
quarter (December 31, March 31, June 30, or September 30) during which 
the grant was signed. Financial reports are due within 30 days of the 
end of the reporting period (i.e., by January 30, April 30, July 30, 
and October 30).
    The Grantee(s) shall use Standard Form (SF) 269A, Financial Status 
Report, to report the status of the funds, at the project level, during 
the grant period. A final SF269A shall be submitted no later than 90 
days following completion of the grant period.
    If the Grantee(s) uses the U.S. Department of Health and Human 
Services Payment Management System (HHS PMS), it must also send USDOL 
copies of the PSC 272 that it submits to HHS, on the same schedule. 
Otherwise, the Grantee(s) shall submit Standard Form (SF) 272, Federal 
Cash Transactions Report, on the same schedule as the SF269A.
    Technical Program: After signing the agreement, the Grantee(s) 
shall submit technical progress reports to USDOL/OSHA Regional Offices 
at the end of each fiscal quarter. Technical progress reports provide 
both quantitative and qualitative information and a narrative 
assessment of performance for the preceding three-month period. OSHA 
Form 171 shall be used for reporting training numbers and a narrative 
report shall be provided that details grant activities conducted during 
the quarter, information on how the project is progressing in achieving 
its stated objectives, and notes any problems or delays along with 
corrective actions proposed. The first reporting period shall end on 
the last day of the fiscal quarter (December 31, March 31, June 30, or 
September 30) during which the grant was signed. Quarterly progress 
reports are due within 30 days of the end of the report period (i.e., 
by January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.) Between reporting 
dates, the Grantees(s) shall also immediately inform USDOL/OSHA of 
significant developments and/or problems affecting the organization's 
ability to accomplish work.

VII. Agency Contacts

    Any questions regarding this SGA should be directed to Cynthia 
Bencheck, e-mail address: bencheck.cindy@dol.gov, tel: 847-297-4810 
(note that this is not a toll-free number), or Ernest Thompson, 
thompson.ernest@dol.gov, tel: 847-297-4810. To obtain further 

information on the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program of the U.S. 
Department of Labor, visit the OSHA Web site of the Occupational Safety 
and Health Administration at http://www.osha.gov.


    Signed at Washington, DC, this 23rd day of June, 2006.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.

Project Document Format

SF 424, Application for Federal Assistance form

    Your organization is required to have a Data Universal Number 
System (DUNS) number (received from Dun and Bradstreet) to complete 
this form. Information about ``Obtaining a DUNS Number--A Guide for 
Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Applicants'' is available at 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/duns_num_guide.pdf.

Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants form, OMB No. 1890-
0014
Program Summary (not to exceed two pages)
Budget Information, SF 424A form
Detailed Project Budget Backup

    If applicable: provide a copy of approved indirect cost rate 
agreement, and statement of program income.
    Technical Proposal, program narrative, not to exceed 30 single-
sided pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, containing:

Problem Statement/Need for Funds
Administrative and Program Capability
Workplan
Assurances (SF 424B)
Certifications form (OSHA 189)
Supplemental Certification Regarding Lobbying Activities
Organizational Chart
Evidence of Nonprofit status, (letter from the IRS) if applicable
Accounting System Certification, if applicable
    Organizations that receive less than $1 million annually in Federal 
grants must attach a certification signed by your certifying official 
stating that your organization has a functioning accounting system that 
meets the criteria below. Your organization may also designate a 
qualified entity (include the name and address in the documentation) to 
maintain a functioning accounting system that meets the criteria below. 
The certification should attest that your organization's accounting 
system provides for the following:

    1. Accurate, current and complete disclosure of the financial 
results of each Federally sponsored project.
    2. Records that identify adequately the source and application of 
funds for Federally sponsored activities.
    3. Effective control over and accountability for all funds, 
property and other assets.
    4. Comparison of outlays with budget amounts.
    5. Written procedures to minimize the time elapsing between the 
transfer of funds.
    6. Written procedures for determining the reasonableness, 
allocability and allowability of costs.
    7. Accounting records, including cost accounting records, that are 
supported by source documentation.
    Attachments such as:
    Summaries of other relevant organizational experience; information 
on prior government grants; resumes of key personnel or position 
descriptions; signed letters of commitment to the project.

Attachments (Forms)

SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance.
Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants form, OMB No. 1890-
0014.
SF-424A, Budget Information form.
SF 424B, Assurances.
OSHA 189 form, Certification.
Supplemental Certification Regarding Lobbying Activities.
    The forms are also available at: http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html
    
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