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EPA Announces FY 2014 Funding Opportunity under Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Program; Boards Eligible to Apply; Applications Due February 13, 2014
Dec 16, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced 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, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater-related training. In Fiscal Year 2014, EPA anticipates providing some funding preference to applicants who choose to deliver other types of environmental training.

The total funding available under this competitive opportunity is approximately $2,400,000, subject to availability of funds, quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 12 environmental workforce development and job training cooperative agreements at $200,000 each.

Note that local Workforce Investment Boards are eligible to apply. Under the criterion “Community Partnership Building” applicants are required to describe the plan for involving the affected community (e.g., local community groups, Workforce Investment Boards, and academic institutions located in or near the affected community) in the proposed job training program.

The application can be found at http://www.epa.gov/oswer/docs/grants/epa-oswer-oblr-14-01.pdf. Applications are due by February 13, 2014.