PAWTUCKET – Groundwork Rhode Island will receive a $200,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to help residents learn the skills to secure employment in the environmental field, EPA announced May 7.
The grant is funded through EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program, which provides grants to “nonprofit organizations and other eligible entities to recruit, train and place unemployed and underemployed individuals,” according to a news release.
The $200,000 grant is among $3.3 million awarded to 17 organizations.
“Through our environmental services job-training program funded by the EPA since 2002, Groundwork RI works with lower-income people, displaced workers and people with conviction records who never knew these types of jobs even existed. We find that our students are not only excited to gain this new understanding but also to contribute to their community by improving the local environment,” said Groundwork RI Executive Director Amelia Rose in a statement.