Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training GrantsDeadline: February 24, 2017
Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) programs recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. Funded programs will train unemployed and under-employed residents of communities impacted by a variety of waste facilities, blighted properties, contaminated sites, and other environmental issues, for environmental jobs that contractors may otherwise fill from outside the affected community. EWDJT grants help residents take advantage of the jobs created by the management, assessment, cleanup, and revitalization of solid and hazardous waste sites, as well as other environmental projects in their communities, such as water quality improvement, chemical risk management, and pesticide management efforts. Applicants must target dislocated workers, or those laid off as a result of recent manufacturing plant closures, severely under-employed individuals, or unemployed individuals, including low-income and minority residents of waste-impacted communities, veterans, and those with little to no advanced education.
Applicants will be evaluated on the extent to which they have partnered with, and secured hiring commitments from local contractors and other stakeholders where EPA-funded projects for brownfields, Superfund sites, landfills, oil spill sites, recent disaster areas, wastewater treatment facilities, or EPA-funded state or tribal corrective actions, closures at solid or hazardous waste facilities, or landfills are located. Applicants should make efforts to link graduates of EWDJT programs with environmental employment that involves preventing, assessing, managing, and cleaning up contaminated sites or working in environmental areas in the graduates’ respective communities. Proposed training should be directly linked to ongoing environmental employment opportunities taking place in the respective community.
Amount: $3,000,000 is available; approximately 15-16 grants of up to $200,000 each will be awarded. EPA estimates that the following funding amounts will be available to support the various types of training either at the awareness or advanced level, with the majority of funding being used to support brownfields assessment, cleanup, and hazardous waste related training:
- Brownfields hazardous waste assessment and cleanup training, including petroleum cleanup training: $2,865,000
- Solid Waste Management or Cleanup training: $10,000
- Superfund site cleanup and innovative and alternative treatment technologies training: $25,000
- Wastewater treatment training: $40,000
- Emergency planning, preparedness, and response training: $20,000
- Enhanced environmental health and safety training: $15,000
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training: $10,000
- Alternative energy technologies (e.g. solar installation training, training in the preparation of formerly contaminated sites for renewable energy purposes, etc.): $15,000
Eligibility: Local governments; states; Land Clearance Authority or other quasi-governmental entity that operates under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a general purpose unit of local government; government entity created by State Legislature; Regional Council or group of General Purpose Units of Local Government; Redevelopment Agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a State; Indian tribes; Alaskan Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation and the Metlakatla Indian Community; and nonprofit organizations.