U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Mission and Vision
The mission of the U.S. Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
Grant Program Highlights
Employment and Training Administration
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are primarily provided through state and local workforce development systems.
Susan Harwood Training Grant Program
The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis. Awards are issued annually based on Congressional appropriation. The focus of the program is to provide training and education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act. Target audiences include underserved, low-literacy, and workers in high-hazard industries. Since 1978, over 1.8 million workers have been trained through this program.
Mine Safety and Health Administration State Grants Program
The Mine Safety and Health Administration's State Grants Program distributes federal grants to 49 states and the Navajo Nation. Grants are made to the state agency program responsible for miners' health and safety. Most grant funds are used to support health and safety training courses and programs designed to reduce mining accidents, injuries, and illnesses.