General Grant Questions

    What is the SHIP program?

    SHIP is Washington State's Labor and Industries Safety and Health Investment Projects grant program. SHIP grant program gets funded through the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries' workers compensation Medical Aid fund.

    What types of products does SHIP fund?

    We fund two types of projects.

    • Safety and Health, which promotes safe and healthy work practices; and
    • Return to Work, which supports projects that assists injured to return to work sooner.
    What are some of the projects that you've funded?

    SHIP has invested in everything from a project that developed a best practices health and safety manual for Washington wine making industry to instructional videos that demonstrate safe practices during logging operations.

    You can find all completed projects that SHIP has funded, along with their final reports, on our website. Our website also contains a complete list of all the currently open projects to date that are not yet completed. Please take the time to go through all of the projects and products and download whatever may be useful to you or your business.

    Who can use the final products resulting from SHIP grant funds?

    All products developed as a result of a SHIP grant are available to the public and will be posted on the SHIP website once the projects are completed.

    What makes the SHIP Program unique?

    The SHIP program's goal and approach are unique – to promote the prevention of workplace injury and illness and to support projects that assist in returning injured workers back to work more quickly.

    How can a SHIP grant save businesses money?

    Preventing a single workplace injury can save an employer as much as $750,000 in lost productivity and worker's compensation costs and can save employees a lifetime of disability. SHIP grants promote investment in workplace safety but they also stop the untold economic losses from preventable injuries.

    I've never applied for a SHIP grant before. Where do I begin?

    First check the Eligibility Charts (Safety & Health Eligibility Chart or RTW Eligibility Chart) to find out if you and your project are eligible.

    You may be able to find the information you need by looking over the application and instructions, located on our website.

    If you still need more information, SHIP offers information workshops throughout the year. If there are no workshops scheduled or none in your area, call us at 360-902-5588 or email invest@lni.wa.gov and we can meet with you to go over the process.

    What types of activities are not eligible for funding?

    SHIP funds may NOT be used for:

    • Lobbying or political activities
    • Supporting, opposing or developing legislative or regulatory initiatives
    • Any activity not designed to reduce workplace injury, illnesses, fatalities, or assist injured workers in returning to work.