Unless an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program has been included as part of reoccurring budget appropriations, fundraising is essential for successful, sustainable job training programs.
Many EWDJT program managers are interested in the technical and operational aspects of environmental training, but not necessarily in writing grants or soliciting funds. Fundraising and outreach is the most important activity for program sustainability. It should also be noted that fundraising and grant writing are not an allowable costs. Development activities must be supported by leveraged and donated resources. This again demonstrates the importance of partnering and cost sharing. EWDJT programs that have demonstrated sustainability are able to obtain funding from a variety of sources. They have the ability to allocate unrestricted funds for development efforts to focus on program maintenance, grant writing, and fundraising.
While fundraising cannot be supported by federal grant money, program maintenance can be an allowable cost. Staff charged with program maintenance often need to work with legislators, government agencies, foundations, and the private sector, and must be familiar with the training program as well as grant administration. Program maintenance may also include those who submit progress reports, track students, interact with EPA regional coordinators, and perform administrative follow-up activities. For these reasons, while solicitation of funds is not an allowable cost, program maintenance activities (except indirect costs) can be allowed. Under the EPA EWDJT program, indirect costs (those costs associated with general overhead) are not allowed to come from EPA funds.