Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, Susan Harwood Training Grants

To provide occupational safety and health training and education to employees and employers, particularly in the recognition, avoidance and abatement of workplace hazards related to Hurricane Sandy disaster relief.

Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Office - None.

New York Regional Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: Not applicable. Fiscal Year 2013: An estimate of 5 training and education grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2014: Not applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Disaster relief grants to nonprofit organizations to provide training or other educational services to employees and/or employers in priority areas designated by OSHA that are limited to the state of New Jersey and New York City.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Nonprofit Organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals employed in workplaces affected by Hurricane Sandy that receive training and/or educational services under disaster relief grants.


Applicants must show nonprofit status. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application instructions are distributed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Directorate of Training and Education. Completed applications are submitted electronically.

Award Procedures

Final award decisions are made by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Disaster Relief Appropriations Act 2013, Public Law 113-2; Occupational Safety and Health Act, Public Law 91-596, 29 U.S.C 670(c).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded for 18 months. Grantees receive funds through the Department of Health and Human Services" Payment Management System. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are required quarterly, and more frequently, as needed.

Federal Financial Reports are required to be completed quarterly.

Performance monitoring is conducted by the Regional Office on a monthly basis.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Records must be retained for 3 years following grant closeout or final audit, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Training) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $1,250,000; and FY 14 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The average grant will be approximately $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

29 CFR Parts 95 and 96; OMB Circulars A-21 (2 CFR Part 220), A-110 (2 CFR Part 215), and A-122 (2 CFR Part 230).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. New York Regional Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Headquarters Office

Heather Wanderski 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, N-3419, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: harwoodgrants@dol.gov Phone: (847) 297-4810

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are contained in the Solicitation for Grant Applications. They include program, administration and budget categories.

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