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Brownfields Job Training (JT) Grant

Cooperative Agreements to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, Tribes, and
IHEs for Training Activities to Address Brownfield Sites

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Conf. Date:

08/10/21

Deadline Date:

10/05/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA governmental units, nonprofit organizations, Tribes, regional councils, workforce investment boards, redevelopment agencies, and IHEs for training activities to address brownfield sites. Required registrations may take a month or more to complete.

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver Brownfields 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. While Brownfields 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. 

Through the Brownfields Job Training 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, and chemical safety.

The Brownfields Job Training program is designed to:

  • Recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed residents from communities impacted by brownfields
  • Further environmental justice (EJ) by ensuring that residents living in these communities benefit from the revitalization and environmental cleanup of brownfields
  • Help graduates develop wider 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 water quality improvement and chemical safety

In addition to Brownfields hazardous waste training, grant recipients may use funds for:

  • “Green Remediation” technologies
  • Stormwater management training
  • Emergency response training
  • Enhanced environmental health and safety related to site remediation
  • Energy efficiency and alternative energy technologies

Note: All the above training can be delivered at awareness, intermediate, or advanced levels.

For Eligible Uses of Funds, see https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2021-08/21-03.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198239

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

EPA anticipates awarding approximately 15 Brownfields Job Training grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can apply for up to $200,000.

Term of Contract:

Typical project period for these grants is three years:
- Year 1: recruitment and screening/beginning of training
- Year 2: continued recruitment and screening/continuation and conclusion of training
- Year 3: placement and tracking of graduates and reporting results to EPA

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility
- City, county, state, tribe, other general purpose unit of local government (see Section III.A of RFA)
- Regional council
- Workforce Investment Board or One-Stop Center
- Nonprofit organization
- Redevelopment agencies
- Colleges and universities, including Minority Academic Institutions

You are NOT eligible to apply if you are:
- Nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995
- For-profit or proprietary organization or trade school

For more information about eligibility, see https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2021-08/21-03.pdf#page=14.

For Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds, see https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2021-08/21-03.pdf#page=9. For Prohibitions on Use of Funds, see https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2021-08/21-03.pdf#page=43.

Pre-proposal Conference:

EPA will host an outreach webinar for prospective applicants on August 10, 2021, at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT. Please use this link to join the live event: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZTZmYWUxZDgtMGUyOS00YWZlLWI3NTMtMTQyNDFjOGNiYWEw%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2288b378b3-6748-4867-acf9-76aacbeca6a7%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%223e09bb42-d048-42b8-abf5-894596a27d2f%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d&btype=a&role=a. A recording of the event will posted on the URL for Full Text below after the webinar concludes.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59PM ET on October 5, 2021.

Your application must include OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training and be provided to all trainees in the proposed program. Applications that do not include 40-hour HAZWOPER in their training curriculum will be rejected.

In order to submit an application through www.grants.gov, you must:
1. Have a unique entity identifier (e.g., active DUNS number),
2. Have an active System for Award Management (SAM) account in https://www.sam.gov/,
3. Be registered in https://www.grants.gov/, and
4. Be designated as your organization’s AOR.
The registration process for all of the above items may take a month or more to complete.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335038

FY22 Brownfields Job Training Grant Outreach Webinar Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A75DvRTUTN8

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Channing Shepherd
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Mail Code: 5105T
Washington, D.C. 20460
Phone: (202) 566-1238
shepherd.channing@epa.gov

Grants.gov Help Desk 24/7 1-800-518-4726

CFDA Number:

66.815

Funding or Pin Number:

EPA-OLEM-OBLR-21-03

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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