SHIP Return-To-Work Grant Request for Proposals (RFP)

Do you have an innovative idea for helping injured workers return to work soon after an injury? A new round of grants through the SHIP Program makes money available to fund new projects that develop and implement effective return-to-work programs for injured workers to reduce long-term disability.

Grant applications will be accepted until February 20, 2015.

SHIP grants are designed to encourage new ways of approaching occupational health and safety challenges, as well as promoting cooperation between labor and management.

If you have an idea for grant project, SHIP Program staff can help you get started by answering questions on how to apply and the application process. For more information or an application packet, visit or call 360-902-5588 or send email to

The Department of Labor & Industries' Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) Program funds grants that seek to:

  • Reduce the cycle of disability for injured workers in Washington State through the development and implementation of innovative and effective return-to-work programs.
  • Prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in Washington workplaces through cooperation of employers and employees or their representatives.

To date the program has funded five Return-to-Work grant projects.  The materials and products developed through completed grant projects are available through the SHIP Program and on the L&I/DOSH website.

All proposals should be designed to develop and implement innovative and effective return-to-work programs for injured workers.

Grant limits and other criteria 

The following criteria will apply to all SHIP grant applications:

  • SHIP has $650,000 available for Return-to-Work grant projects for the 2014/2015 biennium.
  • Eligibility requirements for SHIP grants are listed on the application form and in WAC 296-900-175.
  • There is no per proposal monetary cap for Return-to-Work grant proposals.  SHIP will fund projects until the amount available has been disbursed. 
  • Grants approved for this cycle should expect to receive grant funds and begin work beginning about four to six months after submission of grant application.
  • Successful applicants will be required to attend an in-person grantee orientation to receive specific guidance and information about managing their SHIP grant experience.
  • Project duration for projects approved for this cycle should not exceed 18 months.
  • Products and materials developed or created through a SHIP grant must be available for distribution by SHIP to others who can benefit from them.

Grant applications can be found at or by calling 360-902-5588

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