Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Profession Opportunity Grants
To provide education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Fiscal Year 2014: Fiscal Year 2014, 32 grants were awarded. 32 grant awards were made to continue existing programs. Fiscal Year 2015: It is anticipated that 40 grant awards will be made to include 40 new grant awards. Fiscal Year 2016: It is anticipated that 40 grant awards will be made to include 40 grant awards to continue existing programs.
Social Security Act, Title XX , Section 2008, Public Law 111-148, 42 U.S.C 1397, as amended by Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, Title II, Section 208, Public Law 113-93.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
An eligible applicant is a State, an Indian tribe or tribal organization, an institution of higher education, a local workforce investment board established under section 117 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, a sponsor of an apprenticeship program registered under the National Apprenticeship Act or a community-based organization.
Eligible individual beneficiaries are individuals receiving assistance under the State TANF program; or other low-income individuals described by the eligible entity in its application for a grant under this section.
Non-profit organizations applying for funding are required to submit proof of their non-profit status. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Applicants must demonstrate that they have consulted with the State agency responsible for administering the State TANF program, the local workforce investment board in the area in which the project is to be conducted (unless the applicant is such board), the State workforce investment board established under section 111 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and the State Apprenticeship Agency recognized under the Act of August 16, 1937 (commonly known as the ‘National Apprenticeship Act’) (or if no agency has been recognized in the State, the Office of Apprenticeship of the Department of Labor) and that the project will be carried out in coordination with such entities. 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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Complete application instructions were given in the Funding Opportunity Announcements (Nos. HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FY-0952 and HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FX-0951).
Grant applications are reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels using the criteria given in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. Each panel is made up of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review.
Mar 30, 2015 to May 29, 2015 The program office anticipates award grants in Fiscal Year 2015 for five year projects. After awards are made for the first year of the project, non-competing awards will be made for subsequent years of the project period.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
From 60 to 90 days. Each year following the initial competitive funding, non-competitive continuation applications will be received and processed within 60-90 days.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria are published in the Funding Opportunity Announcements (Nos. HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FY-0952 and HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FX-0951). Particular attention is given to the target population to be served, employer demand, education and training activities proposed, supportive services proposed, employer engagement, the management plan, regional partnerships, the approach to the evaluation, the quantifiable projections and the budget.
How may assistance be used?
The funds may be used to provide education and training to TANF recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. Funds may be used for participant supportive services, including financial aid, child care, and case management. Section 2005(a) (other than paragraph (6)) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C § 1397d(a)) applies to grants awarded in this program to the same extent and in the same manner as such section applies to payments to States under this Title XX of the Social Security Act (the Social Services Block Grant). All funds are set aside for discretionary activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Grantees must submit semi-annual performance progress reports. Each semi-annual progress report is due no later than 30 days after the end of the reporting period. Grantees must submit an annual Financial Status Report (FSR). An FSR is due no later than 90 days after the end of the applicable 12 month period and failure to submit these timely could affect future funding. The SF 425 FFR will be used to report Financial Status and Cash Transactions. The report is an accounting of expenditures under the project that year. Grantees must submit semi-annual performance progress reports. Each semi-annual progress report is due no later than 30 days after the end of the reporting period. The grantees shall submit an annual Financial Status Report (FSR). An FSR is due no later than 90 days after the end of the applicable 12 month period and failure to submit these timely could affect future funding. The SF 425 FFR will be used to report Financial Status and Cash Transactions. The report is an accounting of expenditures under the project that year. Federal staff primarily use the semi-annual performance progress reports for the purpose of performance monitoring. Actual progress is compared to projected outcomes.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
All financial records are to be maintained for 3 years after termination of the project or until audit is completed, whichever comes first.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The HPOG program uses the project period system of funding. Projects are programmatically approved for support in their entirety, but are funded in annual increments called budget periods. Through a competitive process HPOG projects are approved for five year project periods. Each new budget period begins September 30. In general, funding for each budget period must be obligated within the budget period. Recipients are required to submit a non-competing continuation application and semi-annual performance progress reports as a prerequisite to approval and funding of each subsequent budget period within the approved project period. Funding for each budget period is contingent on satisfactory progress, the availability of funds, and the continued best interests of the Federal government. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are drawn down by grantees on a periodic basis, typically each month.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Stanley Koutstaal 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW
Aerospace Building, 5th Floor East, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 202-401-5457 Fax: 202-205-5887
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $65,992,177; FY 15 est $71,420,000; and FY 16 est $71,420,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range is $ 600,000 - $3,000,000 for the new cycle of grants to be awarded in FY 2015. The projected average award is $1,800,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Specific program requirements are contained in the Funding Opportunity Announcement and the HHS Grants Policy Statement. The HHS Grants Policy Statement can be found at: http://www.hhs.gov/asrt/og/aboutog/grantsnet.html
Examples of Funded Projects