DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
Grantor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) 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. EPA encourages applicants to develop their curricula based on local labor market assessments and employers’ hiring needs, while also delivering comprehensive training that results in graduates securing multiple certifications.
EWDJT Grants help residents take advantage of the jobs across a spectrum of environmental management activities, including the assessment, cleanup, and revitalization of brownfields; management and cleanup of solid and hazardous waste management sites; chemical risk management; water quality improvement; stormwater management; low impact development activities; green infrastructure installation and maintenance; vulnerability assessment and mitigation planning; disaster recovery and debris management; and renewable energy installation and maintenance.
Applications for grants under the EWDJT program may be reviewed more favorably under the Section V evaluation criteria if they target unemployed individuals, dislocated workers, individuals laid off as a result of recent manufacturing plant closures, and severely under-employed individuals, or unemployed individuals. Applications may also be reviewed more favorably under the criteria if they target low-income and minority residents of environmentally impacted communities, veterans, and individuals 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, watershed, etc.) that is impacted by the presence of one or more brownfield sites. EPA will consider applications that propose to serve large geographical areas, especially rural communities that include a number of towns, as well as applicants able to serve sister-cities.
Eligibility: The following entities are eligible to apply: