Under the authority of Section 21 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established its discretionary grant program in 197 8. In 1997, OSHA renamed the program in honor of the late Susan
Harwood, former director of the OSHA Office of Risk Assessment.
The grant program offers opportunities for nonprofit organizations to compete annually for funding so they may develop and conduct training and educational programs for small business employers and workers.
The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program helps expand Good Jobs for American workers by providing disadvantaged, underserved, low-income, or other hard-to-reach, at-risk workers hazard awareness, avoidance, and control training to protect them from on-the-job hazards, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act.
(For more information on the Good Jobs Initiative visit:
https://www.dol.gov/general/good jobs/workers/good-jobs.) The program and this funding opportunity announcement prioritizes investment and funding to train workers and employers impacted by working in high-hazard industries, industries with high fatality rates, or whose workforce has historically had disadvantaged access to occupational safety and health training, including young workers, temporary, minority, low literacy, limited English speaking, and other disadvantaged and hard-to-reach workers and worker communities.
The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program seeks to increase access to life-saving training by encouraging grantees to provide the training in other languages.
Technical assistance, guidance, and support for this funding opportunity is presented in OSHA’s FY 2023 Susan Harwood Training Grant Funding Opportunity Overview available at:
The program is designed to support and enable nonprofit organizations to serve in providing this important occupational safety and health training to disadvantaged workers.
These nonprofit organizations include qualifying labor unions, community-based, faith-based, grassroots organizations, employer associations, Native American tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Native Hawaiian organizations, and native-controlled organizations that are not an agency of a state or local government, and public/state-controlled institutions of higher education.
The program provides education and training on advancement of workers’ workplace rights and protections against discrimination and reprisal.
The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program seeks applications based on proven strategies to reach the target training populations while also developing innovative solutions to expand access.
Grantees agree to participate in the data collection and training impact evaluations described in this funding opportunity announcement.
The Susan Harwood Grant Program awards funds to qualifying organizations who have demonstrated capabilities to achieve the program’s performance expectations outlined in this FOA.
This includes experience in employing subject matter experts, delivering and administering adult training programs, recruiting students, and managing grants.
Following the grant awards, OSHA monitors each organization’s progress in achieving their performance goals and training targets.
OSHA accomplishes this by conducting orientation meetings, training material reviews, training observations, program and financial monitoring visits, and quarterly and year-end report reviews.
For FY 2023, OSHA announces the availability of $12,787,000 to fund new Susan Harwood Training Program grants.
Susan Harwood Training Program grants are contingent on the availability of federal funding and appropriations.
OSHA expects to award multiple grants to eligible nonprofit organizations under this competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
Program funding is for a 12-month period beginning no later than September 30, 2023, and ending on September 30, 202 4. The maximum award for a Training and Educational Materials Development grant is $75,00 0. Applications submitted under this FOA are competing for a Training and Educational Materials Development grant.
This FOA does not itself obligate any federal funds.
The obligation of funds occurs when grant recipients acknowledge receipt and acceptance of award documents.
Applicants must propose to develop new training materials addressing one of the OSHA specified training topics.
The materials must include learning objectives, course matrices, presentation/training materials including videos, instructor and participant guides, student handouts, training evaluations, and learning assessments.
Grantees must validate the training materials by conducting a pilot instructor-led classroom training session.Organizations are restricted to one Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training grant, Training and Educational Materials Development grant, or Capacity Building grant award in a fiscal year.
If an organization submits multiple applications for any of these Susan Harwood funding opportunities, OSHA will review the last complete and viable application package submitted.
Organizations may have a Susan Harwood Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, Including COVID-19 grant award in addition to one of the grants awards listed above.Once submitted, applications are not available for additions, corrections, or revisions.
To make changes to a submitted application, the organization must submit a new application package.
This FOA closes on July 7, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.
Applications not validated by Grants.gov, or submitted after this deadline, are ineligible for consideration