The Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) grants were instituted in 2008. HMIT grants are open to non-profit hazmat employee organizations demonstrating expertise in conducting train-the-trainer programs for employees. HMIT grants are competitive. Individual award amounts are determined by the evaluation and scoring of applications. In FY 2008, there were three union recipients, and in FY 2009, a fourth recipient was added. In the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the HMIT grant was opened to all non-profit organizations that demonstrate expertise in conducting a training program for hazmat employees and the ability to reach and involve, in a training program, a target population for hazmat employees. Four million dollars per year is available for the HMIT program.
On July 1, 2016, PHMSA awarded the Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) Grant to six non-profit organizations to carryout hazardous materials (hazmat) employee train-the-trainer programs. These funds are awarded through a competitive process to non-profit organizations that demonstrate: 1) expertise in conducting a training program for hazmat employees; and 2) the ability to reach and involve in a training program a target population of hazmat employees. In FY16, PHMSA awarded over $3.7M to the following HMIT grant recipients:
- The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Corporation for Re-Employment and Safety Training ($599,926)
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service ($577,639)
- Sustainable Workplace Alliance ($544,683)
- The National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education ($449,972)
- The International Chemical Workers Union Council ($336,157)
- The Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council ($266,161)