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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health Profession Opportunity Grants for Tribes, Tribal Organizations or Tribal College or University

Deadline: May 29, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) anticipates competitively awarding cooperative agreements to support demonstration projects that are designed to provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to obtain education and training for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. American Indians and Alaska Natives living in rural communities across the country are especially vulnerable to current and growing healthcare workforce needs. Healthcare professions in tribal communities are in great demand, and tribal colleges and universities are instrumental in providing education and training opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students to overcome economic and educational obstacles.

Health Professionals Opportunity Grant (HPOG) programs:

  • Target skills and competencies demanded by the healthcare industry.
  • Support career pathways, such as an articulated career ladder.
  • Result in an employer or industry recognized credential (which can include a license, third-party certification, postsecondary educational certificate or degree, as well as a Registered Apprenticeship certificate).
  • Combine supportive services with education and training services to help participants overcome barriers to employment as necessary.

Individuals who are eligible to participate in the HPOG program are those receiving assistance under a state or tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and other low-income individuals.

Potential applicants will need to be able to demonstrate strong partnerships with health care employers, and a strong labor market demand for the occupations for which they are providing education and training.

Amount: Grants will range from $600,000-$3,000,000 per year and will average $1,800,000. Five grants are expected to be awarded. The grant period will be up to 5 years.

Eligibility: Indian Tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal colleges and universities.

Link: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/files/HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FY-0952_0.htm

Note: An optional but strongly encouraged letter of intent is due by April 29, 2015.

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