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Grants and Funding: EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training 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.
Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants require training in:
- brownfield assessment and/or cleanup activities
- Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training
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.
Through the EWDJT Program, graduates develop skill sets that improve their ability to secure full-time, sustainable employment in various aspects of hazardous and solid waste management and within the larger environmental field, including sustainable cleanup and reuse, water quality improvement, chemical safety, and pesticide management.
A critical part of EPA’s EWDJT program is to further environmental justice by ensuring that residents living in communities historically affected by economic disinvestment, health disparities, and environmental contamination, including low-income, minority, and tribal communities, have an opportunity to reap the benefits of revitalization and environmental cleanup. Through the link to on-the-ground assessment and cleanup activities, Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants 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… 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. 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.