Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities
Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities assists states to develop and implement innovative programs to address the dental workforce needs of designated Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
• Around 33 percent of SOHWP-supported students and dental residents reported coming from a rural background. • Grantees used SOHWP funding to support three tele-dentistry facilities and deliver oral health education to 66,909 people. • Grantees used SOHWP funding to provide dental sealants to 21,262 children; diagnostic or preventive dental services to 69,806 community residents. • Grantees provided topical fluoride treatments to 76,756 children, and oral screenings for 115,783 patients. • SOHWP funding supported the replacement of 14 water fluoridation systems to provide optimally fluoridated water to over 1,145,420 individuals. • Approximately 86 percent of the dentists who received SOHWP loan repayment are practicing in dental HPSAs.Fiscal Year 2017
No current data availableFiscal Year 2018
For Academic Year 2017-2018, approximately 25 percent of SOHWP-supported students and dental residents reported coming from a rural residential background. Awardees established 5 new oral health facilities for children with unmet needs in dental health professions shortage areas (HPSAs) and expanded 23 oral health facilities in dental HPSAs to provide education, prevention, and restoration services to 90,480 patients. Awardees supported 42 tele-dentistry facilities; replaced 34 water fluoridation systems to provide optimally fluoridated water to 3,007,100 individuals; provided dental sealants to 36,352 children; provided topical fluoride to 73,288 individuals; provided diagnostic or preventive dental services to 66,000 persons; and oral health education to 140,768 persons.
Section 340 G of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 256g).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants include Governor appointed, state government entities. In addition to U.S. states, eligible applicants include: District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Each state is limited to only one application. Applicants must have significant experience with addressing oral health workforce issues in underserved populations. Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.
Beneficiaries include Governor appointed, State government entities.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted with an application package.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. 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. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov. All eligible, qualified applications are 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.
Award notifications are made in writing (electronic) by a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 to 180 days after receipt of applications.
Depending on Agency priorities and availability of funding, during the final budget year of the approved project period competing continuation applications may be solicited from interested applicants.
How are proposals selected?
Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide 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. Competing applications are reviewed by non-Federal expert consultant(s) for technical merit recommendations. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: (1) Purpose and Need; (2) Response to Program Purpose; (3) Impact; (4) Organizational Information, Resources and Capabilities; and (5) Support Requested. See the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Restricted Uses: Funds may only be used for the purposes identified in statutue, and may not be used for purposes specified in HRSA’s SF-424 R&R Application Guide. In addition, funds for this program may not be used for new construction or for the purpose of conducting major renovation activities, nor can funding be used for the acquisition of real property.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is voluntary. 40%. An entity that receives a grant under this program must contribute non-federal funds to activities carried out under this grant to an amount equal to at least 40 percent of the federal funding in support of the project. Matching funds may be a combination of in-kind contributions, fairly valued, including plant, equipment, and services and may provide the contributions from state, local, or private sources.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
This program provides support for project periods from three to four years with annual budget periods. Recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS), the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards. Recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Shane Rogers, Chief, Oral Health Branch, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce
5600 Fishers Lane Room 15N-120
Rockville , MD 20857 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$11,157,473.00; FY 19 est $12,001,914.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$11,206,376.00; FY 16$14,014,185.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 18 Range: $121,698 to $400,000 Average award: $358,582 FY 19 Range (estimate): $181,698 to $400,000 Average award: $398,000 FY 20 (estimate) Range: $0 Average award: $0
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75. HRSA awards are also 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 http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/hhsgrantspolicy.pdf.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
Some examples of funded projects through this program include: 1) increasing the capacity of the oral health workforce to provide comprehensive oral health services in Dental HPSAs through portable school-based restorative care programs; 2) strengthening the oral health surveillance system by addressing data gaps across the lifespan; 3) developing training programs for oral health providers practicing in advanced roles; 4) establishing a unique and collaborative academic and direct service program using school-linked dental facilities to provide access to high quality oral health services; and 5) improving oral health through leadership, collaboration and action at the state and local level, with an emphasis on connecting oral health professionals to rural/or underserved areas.Fiscal Year 2017
No current data availableFiscal Year 2018
Some examples of funded projects through this program include: 1) increasing the capacity of the oral health workforce to provide comprehensive oral health services in Dental HPSAs through portable school-based restorative care programs; 2) strengthening the oral health surveillance system by addressing data gaps across the lifespan; 3) developing training programs for oral health providers practicing in advanced roles; 4) advancing better practices for pain management and improving access to recovery services for substance use disorder patients; and 5) improving oral health through leadership, collaboration and action at the state and local level, with an emphasis on connecting oral health professionals to rural/or underserved areas.