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Susan Harwood Training Grant Program - Targeted Topic Training

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, and IHEs to Develop and
Deliver Occupational Safety Training to Employees

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United States Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

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07/02/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits, including labor unions, community organizations, IHEs, employer associations, and tribal and Native entities, to develop and deliver occupational health and safety training for workers and employers. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The program offers an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to compete annually for funding so they may develop and conduct training and education programs for small business employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of occupational safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act.

When developing training, consider these four program emphasis areas:

- Training that focuses on identifying and preventing occupational safety and health hazards in high hazard industries;
- Training on new OSHA standards;
- Training on workplace hazards identified in the DOL Strategic Plan, OSHA special emphasis program, or other OSHA priorities (; and
- Training workers and employers in small businesses with 250 or fewer employees.

Proposals may include acquiring training materials, revising existing Susan Harwood training materials, or developing new training materials. Training must reach workers and employers from multiple small businesses.

2019 Targeted Training Topics:

Targeted training audiences are:

- Working in high-hazard industries;
- Working in industries with high fatality rates;
- Working in small new businesses (employing fewer than 250 employees); or
- Working with limited access to occupational safety and health training, e.g., young workers (ages 16-24), temporary, minority, low literacy, limited-English speaking, or other hard-to-reach workers

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GrantWatch ID#: 154628

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award for a Targeted Topic Training grant is $160,000.

There is approximately $10.5 million available for new FY 2019 Susan Harwood Training grants. This includes $4.5 million for Capacity Building Developmental grants and approximately $6 million for Targeted Topic grants and Training and Educational Materials Development grants.

Term of Contract:

Program funding is for a 12-month period beginning no later than September 30, 2019, and ending on September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible nonprofit applicants include qualifying labor unions, community-based and faith-based organizations, and employer associations that are not an agency of a state or local government. State or local government-supported institutions of higher education are eligible to apply in accordance with OMB 2 CFR 200 and DOL exceptions in 2 CFR 2900. Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian-controlled organizations serving Indians, and Native Hawaiian organizations are eligible to apply in accordance with Executive Order 13175.

Ineligible applicants are individuals, for profit organizations, 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations, and FY 2018 Susan Harwood grantees with more than a 90-day time extension to their grant.

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Pre-Application Information:

This FOA closes on July 02, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. Applications not validated by, or submitted after this deadline, are ineligible for consideration.

Award announcements will occur no later than September 30, 2019.

If an applicant is using for the first time, it is strongly recommended that the organization immediately follow the steps to “Register as an Organization” with at It can take up to five weeks to complete the registration process.

The application must have a DUNS number and may acquire a number in one or two business days from the Dun & Bradstreet website at

Registering with SAM may take two to five or more weeks, and requires an employer identification number (EIN) and a notarized letter from the organization’s authorized representative. It is free to register on SAM at

A Grantee orientation meeting is mandatory and occurs early in the performance period at a location determined by OSHA. All applicants must budget for two staff members (one program and one financial) to attend this meeting.

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

Susan Harwood Program Coordinator
U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA
Directorate of Training and Education
2020 S. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4102
847-759-7926 (any weekday, except a federal holiday, between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. This phone number is not toll-free.) questions may be direct to their Support Center by email at, or by telephone at 1-800-518-4726.

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