Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants (EWDJT Grants) will fund programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed, and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. While Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants require training in brownfield assessment and/or cleanup activities, these grants also require that Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training be provided to all individuals being trained.
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 must identify the target area that they intend to serve. A target area can be any area (e.g., county, city, neighborhood, etc.) that has been impacted by the presence of brownfields. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will consider proposals that propose to serve large areas, especially in rural communities, that may include a number of towns or proposals seeking to serve sister-cities, for example.
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.
In addition to brownfields hazardous waste training, which includes sustainability and equitable development, applicants may choose to deliver a variety of environmental training, allowing applicants to tailor the curricula of their programs to the labor market needs of their targeted community. Applicants may include training related to one, multiple, or none of the training areas described below. The only required training is 40-hour HAZWOPER. Beyond this, the applicant can design a curriculum of eligible courses that meets the training needs identified by a local labor market assessment and/or employer survey.
Applicants have the option to deliver any of the training listed below at awareness, intermediate, or advanced levels. The funding levels for these subject areas vary. While advanced courses can be funded, please keep in mind that if those advanced courses fall within a category with limited funds, the EPA may not be able to fund that course in its entirety, depending upon the available amount of funding.
- Solid waste management or cleanup training
- Superfund site cleanup and innovative and alternative treatment technologies training
- Wastewater treatment training
- Emergency planning, preparedness, and response training
- Enhanced environmental health and safety training
- Integrated pest management (IPM) training for public housing and project-based rental assistance properties
- Alternative energy technologies
Amount: Approximately $4,000,000 is available to award up to 20 grants of up to $200,000 each.
Of the total $4,000,000 available, the EPA estimates based on previous grant cycles 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: $3,900,000
- Solid Waste Management or Cleanup training: $10,000
- Superfund site cleanup and innovative and alternative treatment technologies training: $20,000
- Wastewater treatment training: $20,000
- Emergency planning, preparedness, and response training: $20,000
- Enhanced environmental health and safety training: $15,000
- Alternative energy technologies: $15,000
Eligibility: General Purpose Units of Local Government; Land Clearance Authority or other quasi-governmental entities that operate under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a general purpose unit of local government; Government entities 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; a State; Indian Tribes other than in Alaska; Alaskan Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation, and the Metlakatla Indian Community; and nonprofit organizations.
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