Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Cooperative Agreements


The objective of the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program is to recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed, including low-income, residents of solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities with the skills needed to obtain full-time, sustainable employment in solid and hazardous waste cleanup, wastewater treatment, chemical safety, and the environmental field at large. Furthermore, this program promotes the facilitation of activities related to assessment, cleanup, or preparation of contaminated sites, including brownfields, for reuse, while simultaneously building a local workforce with the skills needed to perform remediation work that are supportive of environmental protection and environmental health and safety. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2019: In FY19, under the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant application guidelines, applicants were provided the opportunity to deliver training in areas such as: brownfields hazardous waste training; solid waste management and recycling; emergency management and oil spill cleanup; Superfund cleanup related training, including innovative and alternative treatment technologies, wastewater treatment and stormwater management; and chemical safety and enhanced environmental health and safety training. Applicants in FY19 were also evaluated on the extent to which they have partnered with employers willing to hire graduates and the extent to which they have conducted labor market assessments that link proposed training with employers; forecasted hiring needs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 In FY16, 49 proposals were received and 18 were funded. Grant awards were made at approximately $200,000 each. na
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY17, 54 proposals were received and 14 were funded. Grant awards were made at approximately $200,000 each. Information on program accomplishments can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-program-accomplishments-and-benefits
Fiscal Year 2019 To date, EPA has funded 305 job training grants totaling approximately $63 million through the Job Training program. As of September 2017, approximately 16,500 individuals have completed training, and over 12,000 of those graduates obtained employment in the environmental field, earning over an average of $14 an hour as their starting hourly wage. This equates to a cumulative placement rate of approximately 73% since the program was created in 1998.
Clean Water Act, Section 104
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Section 311(b)(3) and (9)
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Section 104k(6)
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, as amended by P.L. 106-74
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, as amended by P.L. 106-74
Marine Protection Research Sanctuaries, Section 203
Clean Air Act, Section 103
National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Proposals will be accepted from either eligible governmental entities as defined in CERCLA Section 104(k)(1) or eligible nonprofit organizations as defined in Public Law 106-107, the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act. Eligible governmental entities include a general purpose local unit of government; a land clearance authority or other quasi-governmental entity that operates under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a general purpose unit of government; a governmental entity created by a state legislature; a regional council or group of general purpose units of local government; a redevelopment agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state; a state; an Indian Tribe (other than in Alaska), or an Alaskan Native Regional Corporation and an Alaska Native Village Corporation as those terms are defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 and following); and the Metlakatla Indian Community. Intertribal consortia, except consortia comprised of ineligible Alaskan tribes, are eligible to apply as well. Eligible nonprofit organizations include any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that is operated mainly for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purpose in the public interest; is not organized primarily for profit; and uses net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand the operation of the organization. Workforce Investment Boards that meet these criteria may be eligible nonprofit organizations. Public and nonprofit private educational institutions are eligible to apply. However, 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 are not eligible to apply. For-profit or proprietary training organizations or trade schools are not eligible to apply. Evidence of nonprofit status under Federal, state or tribal law must be provided at the time the proposal is submitted. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training cooperative agreements will provide environmental job training unemployed and underemployed residents of solid and hazardous waste-impacted neighborhoods and help them take advantage of job opportunities created as a result of the management, assessment, and cleanup of contaminated properties, as well as employment in wastewater, alternative energy, and chemical safety related positions.
EPA requires that applicants document their nonprofit status at the time of application. The Agency may also request that applicants demonstrate that they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in fields, and necessary equipment to carry out training projects.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This is a competitive grant program. Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed in the competitive announcement.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through https://www.grants.gov. Additional information on applying for EPA grants can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/grants/how-apply-grants.
Award Procedure
EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements. Final approval of applications for job training grants and supporting documentation is made by EPA. Award of grant funds are made by EPA Regional Award Officials.
Specific information regarding deadlines is provided in the competitive announcement.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. For Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grants, the range of approval/disapproval time will be approximately 90 days.
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
EPA may incrementally fund grants and cooperative agreements under this program. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to EPA's priorities and availability of funds. Renewals and extensions of funding are not available.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Funds awarded under Section 104(k)(7) of CERCLA must be used for training, research, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations, to facilitate the inventory of brownfields properties, site assessments, cleanup of brownfields properties, community involvement, or site preparation. Funds under Section 311(b)(3)(9) of CERCLA must be used for training in innovative and alternative treatment technologies. For Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grants however, individuals are not eligible to apply. (See eligibility requirements in Section 080) Grants and cooperative agreements are available to eligible entities throughout the United States. Eligible applicants are allowed to design their own curricula. Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial. Cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' eligible and allowable direct costs incurred under an approved work plan plus allowable programmatic costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is in accordance with the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.
Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records must be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. For Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants, EPA does not require that applicants include a match or cost share. However, evidence of leveraged funds is encouraged. Furthermore, a statutory factor in ranking applications under Section 104(k)(6) is the extent to which EPA financial assistance will stimulate the availability of other funds for environmental assessment or remediation, and subsequent reuse of Brownfields sites. Applicants may be encouraged to provide information regarding resources (cash/in-kind services) that they, or a project partner, would commit to efforts receiving EPA financial assistance. EPA may take these commitments into account in ranking proposals.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The performance period for an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant is three years. Grants are generally announced nationally and awarded by EPA Regional Offices. The Regional Offices work with applicants to negotiate a workplan and award the cooperative agreement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
EPA Regional Offices are listed in Section VII of the Application Guidelines for Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Cooperative Agreements.
Headquarters Office
Rachel Congdon
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 5105T)
Washington, DC 20460 US
Phone: 202-566-1564
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$3,300,000.00; FY 19 est $4,000,000.00; FY 20 FY 17$2,700,000.00; FY 16 est $3,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training cooperative agreements can be funded up to $200,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
For Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grants, costs must be in accordance with 2 CFR 200 and 1500. In addition, recipients must comply with applicable provisions of EPA training grant regulations at 40 CFR Part 45. EPA will periodically publish guidance for brownfields grant proposals.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No content available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No content available.
Fiscal Year 2018 EPA awarded cooperative agreements to a variety of eligible entities and nonprofit organizations to provide local residents with the skills needed to gain employment in careers related to the assessment and cleanup of hazardous and solid waste sites, wastewater and stormwater management, Superfund site cleanup, emergency response,and chemical safety. These cooperative agreements included training and instruction in a variety of subjects, including: OSHA health and safety training, HAZWOPER and HAZMAT certification, lead and asbestos abatement, forklift operations, phytoremediation, mold remediation, site assessment, sampling, wastewater management, chemical safety, leaking underground storage tank removal, field investigation, instrumentation, and treatment technologies. Furthermore, these cooperative agreements provided job training programs the funds needed to perform recruitment and community outreach to unemployed residents impacted by contaminated sites.