The July 20 deadline is approaching to apply for workplace safety training and education grants through OSHA's Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

This year's program has roughly $11.5 million in available grants to support in-person, hands-on training for workers and employers in small businesses, industries with high illness, injury, and fatality rates, and vulnerable workers who are underserved, have limited English skills, or are temporary workers.

That’s about $1 million more than OSHA distributed in Harwood grants last year.

Among those eligible to apply are nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Native American tribes, and colleges and universities.

The types of grants include capacity building, targeted topic, and training materials development.

Capacity building grants focus on developing and expanding an organization's capacity to provide safety and health training, education, and related assistance to targeted audiences.

The two types of capacity building grants are developmental and pilot.

Developmental grants support and assist organizations that have established an ability to provide occupational safety training but want to expand into a new area or topic.

Pilot grants are meant to help organizations that have shown potential to meet training objectives but need to assess capabilities, needs, and priorities before moving forward with a full-scale program.

Targeted topic grants focus on training workers and/or multiple employers on hazards associated with one of OSHA's selected training topics.

Training materials development grantees are expected to develop, evaluate, and validate classroom-quality training materials on one of OSHA's selected training topics.

Applications are due July 20 and must be submitted electronically.

Applicants must have a D-U-N-S number—available for free from Dun & Bradstreet—and an active System of Award Management registration.

Last year OSHA awarded more than $10.4 million in Harwood grants to 79 organizations.

For more information, contact CBIA's Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1982).