EPA Announces Selections for $3.8 Million in Grant Funding to Help Build Water Workforce
Ten organizations selected for new grant program
WASHINGTON (Oct. 15, 2021) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the selection of ten organizations to receive a total of $3.8 million in funding under a new grant program that will help build the water workforce by connecting individuals to jobs in the drinking water and wastewater utility sectors, and expanding public awareness about the benefits of careers providing vital water services.
EPA is pleased to announce that the selected recipients for the 2020 and 2021 Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Grant Program include:
- Amigos De Los Rios (California)
- East Central University (Oklahoma)
- Rowan University (New Jersey)
- Wichita State University (Kansas)
- Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan)
- Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Government (Ohio)
- Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (Washington State)
- Syracuse University (New York)
- Rural Community Assistance Partnership (Washington D.C.)
- American Water Works Association (Denver)
Projects that will be funded under this competition include:
- Targeted internship, apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, and post-secondary bridge programs;
- Education programs designed for elementary, secondary, and higher education students;
- Regional industry and workforce development collaborations to address water utility employment needs and coordinate candidate development;
- Integrated learning laboratories in secondary educational institutions; and
- Leadership development, occupational training, mentoring, or cross-training programs that ensure incumbent drinking water and wastewater utility workers are prepared for higher-level supervisory or management-level positions.
EPA anticipates that it will make awards to the ten recipients once all legal and administrative requirements are satisfied.
On January 22, 2021, EPA announced the Request for Applications. The period for submitting applications ended on March 26, 2021.
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