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 reports are not applicable.

The awardee will be required to submit performance and progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see the program announcement and notice of award for details for each required report).

The awardee must submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter.

A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) according to the following schedule:

A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends.

If applicable, the awardee must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends.

New awards ("Type 1") issued under this funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub.


109-282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110-252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170.

Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient s and subrecipient s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (FFATA details are available online at

Competing continuation awardees, etc.

may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the FFR. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $2,000,000; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Approximately $2 million from HCOP in funding is available in fiscal year 2014 to fund approximately 10-15 new grants. The average award is estimated at $200,000 per grant for each budget period The Program has a three-year project period pending availability of funds.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable. HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at All OMB circulars A-133, A-110, A-122 apply to this program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Tia-Nicole Leak, Project Officer, Division of Health Careers and Financial Support, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services Room 9C-05, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: 3014436950

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Review criteria: Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide for an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. Critical indicators have been developed for each review criterion to assist the applicant in presenting pertinent information related to that criterion and to provide the reviewer with a standard for evaluation. Review criteria are outlined in the funding opportunity announcement with specific detail and scoring points. Review Criteria are used to evaluate and rank applications.

See most recent Funding Opportunity Announcement at for detailed review criteria.

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