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Susan Harwood Training Grant Program - Capacity Building Developmental and Capacity Building Pilot

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, and IHEs to
Support Workplace Safety Training Programs

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United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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07/20/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits, including labor unions, community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, IHEs, and tribal and Native entities to support workforce health and safety training initiatives. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

Targeted audiences are:

  • Small businesses (fewer than 250 employees);
  • New businesses;
  • Limited English proficiency workers;
  • Non-literate and low literacy workers;
  • Young workers;
  • Temporary workers;
  • Minority and other hard-to-reach workers; and
  • Workers in high-hazard industries and industries with high fatality rates.

Two types of capacity building grant opportunities are available:

1. Capacity Building Developmental grants support and assist organizations that through past activities have established a capability to provide occupational safety and health training, education, materials development, and/or technical assistance. Each applicant must develop a comprehensive four-year capacity building plan for becoming a resource for safety and health training.

2. Capacity Building Pilot grants assist organizations that demonstrate a potential for meeting the objectives of the Capacity Building Developmental program, but need to assess the organizational capabilities, priorities, and needs. The Capacity Building Pilot allows an organization to complete pilot activities and to solidify the organization’s capacity building plans, by allowing time to formulate and test program objectives before applying for a full-scale Capacity Building Developmental training program.

For more information on these two grant categories, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 154627

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 80

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award for a Capacity Building Developmental grant is $180,000 and for a Capacity Building Pilot grant is $80,000.

Term of Contract:

Program funding is for a 12-month period beginning no later than September 30, 2020, and ending on September 30, 2021.

Successful Capacity Building Developmental grantee may be eligible for up to three additional 12-month follow-on grants to continue developing the occupational safety and health training capacity program.


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American)
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally funded tribal governments)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofit organizations (as described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs).
  • Religious Faith-Based
  • Community Based Organization
  • Community Groups Other Associations
  • Nonprofits and/or Registered Charities

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations and include qualifying labor unions, community-based and faith-based organizations, employer associations (may not be an agency of a state or local government), state or local government-supported institutions of higher education, and Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Indian-controlled organizations serving Indians, Alaska Native entities, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Applicants other than state or local government supported institutions of higher education must submit evidence of nonprofit status.

Ineligible applicants are individuals and FY 2019 Susan Harwood grantees with more than a 90-day time extension to the grant. Additionally, 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations that engage in lobbying activities are not eligible to receive federal funds that constitute an award, grant, or loan.

Prohibited uses of grant funds:

Pre-Application Information:

- This FOA closes on July 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. Applications not validated by, or submitted after this deadline, are ineligible for consideration. Award announcements will occur before September 30, 2020.

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

If the capacity building plan includes developing new training or educational materials, the materials must be classroom quality. Applicants must follow the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) that focuses on quality measures for educational and training products. Go to for more information.

All applicants must budget for two staff members (one program and one financial) to attend a mandatory Grantee orientation meeting at a location determined by OSHA.

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

Apply online at

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

Email FOA questions to, or call 847-725-7805, weekdays between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. eastern time. questions may be direct to the Support Center by email at, or by telephone at 1-800-518-4726.

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