Environmental Workforce Development and
Annual Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grants allow nonprofit and other organizations to recruit, train, and place predominantly low-income and minority, unemployed and under-employed people living in areas affected by solid and hazardous waste. Residents learn the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field, including assessment and cleanup. These green jobs reduce environmental contamination and build more sustainable futures for communities.
Note: some of the documents below refer to the program’s old name, the "Brownfields Job Training Grants Program."
- Grant Information
- FY 2014 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Application Guidelines - Request for Proposals
- Brownfields Job Development and Training Toolbox
- Reports & Success Stories
- Other Grant & Funding Opportunities
- Resources & Information
- Grant Announcements
- Grant Fact Sheets
- Apply for Funding (Most Recent Proposal Guidelines)
- For Current Job Training Grantees, Report Grant Activities in ACRES
Announcing $3.6 Million in FY14 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants to Provide Unemployed Residents with Training for Job Opportunities
- EPA has selected 18 grantees for the award of approximately $3.6 million through the EWDJT program. The grants fund training programs in local nonprofit organizations, community colleges, cities, states, tribes, and counties that provide unemployed and under-employed individuals with the comprehensive skills and certifications needed to enter full-time careers in the environmental field. The funding also supports job placement and recruitment activities. While each grantee will develop their own training curriculum, graduates of the program will be able to participate in activities such as: land remediation, recycling, wastewater treatment, underground storage tank removal, and emergency response related work in their respective communities.
FY14 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Application Guidelines - Request for Proposals
- EPA is announcing the availability of funding to nonprofit organizations and eligible entities to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup associated activities, chemical safety, and wastewater management. These Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grants are provided to recruit, train, and place, unemployed and under-employed, including low-income and minority, residents historically affected by hazardous and solid waste sites and facilities with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities. Proposals are due February 13, 2014.
FY13 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants Announced
- A total of approximately $3.2 million in funds is being awarded to local governmental and nonprofit organizations to recruit, train, and place unemployed individuals living in solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities with the skills and certifications needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. A total of 16 grants awards were selectd at amounts up to $200,000 each for three year project periods. While each grantee will develop their own training curriculum, graduates of the program will be able to participate in activities such as: land remediation, recycling, wastewater treatment, underground storage tank removal, and emergency response related work in their respective communities.
- The Brownfields Toolbox was created by the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI). It gives EPA's Brownfields stakeholders the knowledge and tools necessary to maximize environmental job development, education, and employment opportunities. It offers information on how to conduct a job training program including links to sample curricula, Professional Learning Community (PLC) resources, placement of graduates, and community marketing.
- To subscribe to the HMTRI Brownfields Job Training Program listserv, send an e-mail to HMTRI (email@example.com) with your grant name and contact information.
- Current Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grantees can send an e-mail to HMTRI (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their grant name and contact information to join the HMTRI listserv, which promotes discussion of job training issues among grantees.
- Brownfields Job Training Success Stories, April 2011 (PDF) (7 pp, 930K, about PDF)
- Job Training Grant Brochure, March 2011 (PDF) (2 pp, 1M, about PDF)
- Job Training Report: "Improving Land and Lives: 10 Years of Investment in EPA's Job Training Program" (PDF) (20 pp, 994K, about PDF)
This report describes the history of EPA's Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program, what made individual grantee programs successful, and some of the challenges those grantees faced. It also highlights individuals whose lives were forever changed by their participation in the Program.
- Job Training Success Stories
- National Institutes for Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
- U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration
- U.S. Department of Labor Microenterprise Grants Program
- The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center
- American Association of Community Colleges
- American Green Jobs
- Apollo Alliance
- Brownfields Toolbox
- Career Onestop
- Community Training and Response Center
- Green for All
- Home Builders Institute
- Interstate Renewable Energy Council
- National Association of Workforce Boards
- National Council for Work Experience
- National Council for Workforce Education
- National Environmental Health Association
- Online Curricula Database
- Transportation Workforce Development
- The United States Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council
- U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
- U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- U.S. Department of Labor, Workforce Investment
- U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Justice
- U.S. EPA, State and Local Climate and Energy Program