June 24, 2021

DOL Encourages Nonprofits to Apply for Grants for Training on Infectious Diseases, Workplace Hazards

More than $21 million in OSHA training grants is now available for nonprofit organizations, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on June 24. Eligible organizations can apply for grants in two areas: workplace safety and health training on infectious diseases under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. $10 million in funding is available for training on infectious diseases, and $11,787,000 is available in Susan Harwood Training Grants, which fund training and education for workers and employers on workplace safety and health hazards, responsibilities, and rights.

Applicants for training on infectious diseases must develop training that focuses on identifying and preventing work-related infectious diseases, including the coronavirus, in industries with high illness rates, in industries that employ frontline workers, or in sectors that serve susceptible populations. According to DOL, this training should also focus on OSHA standards that address infectious diseases and related hazards identified in OSHA special emphasis programs.

Susan Harwood Training Grants support remote and in-person training for workers and employers in small businesses; industries with high injury, illness, and fatality rates; and vulnerable workers, including temporary workers. Grants are available in three areas. Targeted topic training grants are intended to support educational programs that address the identification and prevention of workplace hazards. Training and educational materials development grants support the development of classroom-ready materials that focus on identifying and preventing occupational hazards. The third area, capacity building, focuses on helping organizations develop new capacity for conducting workplace safety and health training programs.

Nonprofit organizations that are eligible to apply for these grants include qualifying community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, and colleges and universities. Grant applications for training on infectious diseases are due by July 26, 2021, and Susan Harwood Training Grant applications are due by Aug. 23, 2021. See OSHA’s press release for further details.