Brownfields Job Training (JT) Grants
Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR)
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.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Eligible entities include states, local governments, land clearance authorities or other quasi-governmental entities, regional councils, redevelopment agencies, tribes, non-profits, etc. Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training be provided to all individuals being trained.
Job Training Grants allow nonprofits, local governments, and other organizations to recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed residents of areas affected by the presence of brownfields. Through the Program, graduates develop the skills needed 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 emergency response. These green jobs reduce environmental contamination and build more sustainable futures for communities.
Each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available. Employers, workforce investment boards (WIBs), community colleges, and community-based organizations provide critical partnerships needed to deliver a successful training program – especially since grant funds may not be used to provide life skills training or social services which can be leveraged through these partnerships.
Applicants who hold a community meeting, notify the community about the proposed environmental training program prior to submission of an application, and work with and solicit feedback from diverse community constituents about the proposed program prior to submission typically have stronger applications. Entities that were awarded a FY23 Brownfields Job Training Grant are not eligible to apply for a FY24 Brownfields Job Training Grant.
Note this was previously known as Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants. EPA's Program Brochure and Success Stories: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-03/documents/final_ewdjt_tri-fold_brochure_7-30-15_0.pdf Renewable Energy or Energy-Efficient Approaches in Brownfields Redevelopment Fact Sheet: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-08/documents/renewable_energy_or_energy-efficient_approaches.pdf