SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Labor Commission is requesting applications to award funding for projects or initiatives demonstrating a commitment to workplace safety. The purpose of the grant is to help fund organizations that want to implement initiatives to promote new or existing safety programs within the workplace.

Acceptable proposals may include development of workshops and training, implementation of specialized safety programs, and collaborative workplace safety training among organizations.

This grant year may include up to $500,000 in total awards to selected grant recipients. Entities eligible to apply for the grant include nonprofit organizations, community-and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor-management associations and small employers.

"The Workplace Safety Grant provides funding to organizations that provide safety related services in industries and occupations with high incidences of workplace injuries and fatalities such as construction, manufacturing and highway safety. It also supports projects that serve high-risk populations such as those with limited English proficiency," said Utah Labor Commissioner Sherrie Hayashi.

The grant application and all related details outlining the criteria successful applicants must satisfy, is available online at or by contacting Elena Bensor, public information and community relations officer, at 801-530-6918 or

Grant applications are due on Monday, Oct. 6 by 5 p.m. The grant contract will involve up to a 12-month period from January through Dec. 31, 2015.