DOL Offers $21 million in OSHA Health and Safety Grants 
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The U.S. Department of Labor is offering more than $21 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration health and safety grants for non-profit organizations.


American Rescue Plan Act Grants


The first available grant provides $10 million under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, which includes the Coronavirus grants. 

Non-profit applicants must develop training that focuses on four areas of emphasis in order to be eligible for these grants: 

  • Identifying and preventing workplace-related infectious diseases, including the coronavirus, in industries with high illness rates, those employing frontline workers or those serving susceptible populations.
  • OSHA standards that address infectious diseases, including coronavirus.
  • Workplace hazards identified in OSHA special emphasis programs or other priorities associated with infectious diseases, including the coronavirus.

The deadline to apply for a grant is July 19, 2021. Nonprofits should have their applications submitted online at no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT the day of the deadline. Applicants must also have a D-U-N-S number as well as an active System of Award Management registration. D-U-N-S numbers can be acquired for free from Dun & Bradstreet


Susan Harwood Training Grants 


The second funding opportunity is for the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. Funds of $11,787,000 are available under three different funding opportunities. Applicants can apply for the following grants: 

  • Targeted Topic Training Grants: These support educational programs that identify and prevent workplace hazards. Applicants are required to conduct training on workplace safety and health hazards designated by OSHA. 
  • Training and Educational Materials Development Grants: These grants support the development of quality, classroom-ready training and educational materials that identify and prevent workplace hazards. 
  • Capacity Building Grants: These grants assist organizations that need time to assess needs and formulate a plan before implementing a full-scale safety and health education program — as well as expand their capacity to provide occupational safety and health training, education, and related assistance to their constituents. 

Applications must be submitted at no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on the deadline of Aug. 17, 2021. Same as the requirements for the ARPA grants, applicants must possess a D-U-N-S number and have an active System of Award management registration. 


Who can qualify for health and safety grants? 


OSHA awards health and safety grants to nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, and local and state-sponsored colleges and universities to provide infectious disease workplace safety and health training.

The Harwood Training Grant program supports remote and in-person hands-on training 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.


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