U.S. Department of Labor: H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for healthcare workers, particularly in rural areas where there was already an acute need. The H-1B Rural Healthcare Program seeks to (1) increase the number of individuals training in healthcare occupations that directly impact patient care; and (2) alleviate healthcare workforce shortages by creating sustainable employment and training programs in healthcare occupations (including behavioral and mental healthcare) serving rural populations.

Expanding employment and training models for the healthcare industry will help individuals gain the skills necessary to fill workforce vacancies and allow employers to find skilled workers more readily. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, proposed training models should consider whether is it necessary and feasible to offer educational instruction and/or work-based learning in a virtual or socially-distanced learning environment. The Program will fund projects that expand healthcare occupations in rural areas by providing employment and training opportunities that lead to well-paying, middle- and high-skilled jobs. While program participants will have varying levels of skills upon enrollment in training programs, applicants must design grant programs to help participants access a viable healthcare career pathway through education and training that results in employment in middle- and high-skilled jobs.

  • The Program supports healthcare programs that focus on direct patient care
  • Applicants must address the healthcare occupations specified in the solicitation and/or adequately demonstrate in-demand healthcare occupation(s) in the service area proposed through labor market information and/or other supporting documentation (See solicitation for more details)

Amount: $40,000,000 is available to fund up to 40 grants ranging from $500,000-$2,500,000 each.

Eligibility: Partnerships of public and private sector entities. Eligible lead applicants include employers in the healthcare sector; nonprofit healthcare organizations affiliated with hospitals and other medical facilities; healthcare industry and/or occupation associations; organizations designated as “Primary Care Associations” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state or local Workforce Development Boards (WDB) and Indian/Native American tribal government; and Native American program entities eligible for funding under Section 166 of WIOA. Employers and education and training providers are required partners.

Deadline: November 13, 2020

Resource Information
Funder U.S. Department of Labor
Eligibility Nonprofit Organization
Resource URL: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329016
Sector COVID-19 Emergency Response, Economic Development/Job Training, Education, Health
Grant Amount $500,000-$2,500,00
Deadline November 13, 2020