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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health Profession Opportunity Grants to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals

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.

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. Within these categories, HPOG programs may serve a wide range of individuals, such as those who have not completed high school, custodial and/or non-custodial parents, individuals with disabilities, veterans, persons affected by domestic violence, youth aging out of foster care, individuals with a family history of intergenerational poverty, and individuals with limited English proficiency. The intent of the HPOG program is to provide education and training to individuals who would otherwise not have access to it.

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

Eligibility: States; local Workforce Investment Boards; institutions of higher education; Indian tribes and tribal organizations; tribal colleges and universities; a sponsor of an apprenticeship program registered under the National Apprenticeship Act; and community-based organizations.

Link: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/files/HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FX-0951_0.htm

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

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