Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals Grant Program

The objectives of the Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals Grant Program are: 1) to recruit, train, retain and expand the paraprofessional workforce to meet the employment needs of the community with a particular focus on primary care and team-based care; and 2) to promote
employment and a career ladder for those trained through career coaching and placement partnership with the community.
Related Programs93.822 Health Careers Opportunity Program

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds shall be used to recruit, train and retain individuals from underrepresented, disadvantaged, or rural backgrounds into health-related para-professions to work in primary care and other health care services settings.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include accredited schools of medicine, allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied health, chiropractic, podiatric medicine, public and nonprofit private schools that offer graduate programs in behavioral and mental health, programs for the training of physician assistants, two-year community colleges and other public or private nonprofit health or educational entities.

Each applicant must specifically state its eligibility information in the project abstract.

Applicants that are not community colleges must partner with community colleges.

Eligible entities must be located within the fifty (50) states, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Applicants are required to recruit a diverse group of students in terms of race and ethnicity, socio-economic status, and other demographic factors, who will pursue the certificate program(s).

Applicants must recruit students who are interested in pursuing a health-related paraprofessional certification or individuals who are already practicing but want additional credentials to advance their employability.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries include individuals who have completed at a minimum a high school diploma or GED, or individuals who are already practicing in a health-related paraprofessional field or individuals who want additional credentials to advance their employability. Individuals must be enrolled in a participating accredited community, or tribal college in one of the following fields: a care coordinators, community health workers, dental assistants, health educators, home health aides, medical assistants, patient navigators.


Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through

Award Procedures

All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Title VII, Section 739 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293c), (Educational Assistance in the Health Professions Regarding Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds) as amended by Section 5402 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. see funding agency for further details.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

This funding opportunity provides support for a two-year project period, pending availability of funding. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded. Grantees draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


The awardee will be required to submit semi-annual performance reports and annual progress reports, as well as status-federal financial reports (see below for general information on each required report).

Cash report