Health Profession Opportunity Grants to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) is announcing that it anticipates competitively awarding cooperative agreements to support demonstration projects that are designed to provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to obtain education and training for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. In addition to providing education and training services, funds for this project may be used for child care, case management, and other supportive services as appropriate. In FY 2010, the first year of the grant, ACF published two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA), carried out a grant competition process, and awarded 32 Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) for five year project periods. The fifth and final year of these initial grants will end on September 29, 2015. The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (enacted April 1, 2014), extends HPOG through FY 2015, which enables a new grant competition process for the program. It is expected that new grants will be for 60-month project periods with five 12-month budget periods. However, funding of HPOG projects beyond the first 12-month budget period will require the appropriation of additional funds not contained in the current authorizing legislation. Individuals who are eligible to participate in the HPOG programs are those receiving assistance under a state TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program and other low-income individuals. Potential applicants will need to be able to demonstrate strong partnerships with health care employers, and a strong labor market demand for the occupations for which they are providing education and training. All grantees will be required to take part in a rigorous evaluation, which is likely to include a random assignment process of potential participants into control and intervention groups. In accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 1397g(a)(2)(B), potential applicants must be an eligible entity and be able to demonstrate that they have consulted and will carry out their HPOG projects in coordination with each of the following entities: 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 (29 U.S.C. §2821); and The State Apprenticeship Agency recognized under the Act of August 16, 1937 (29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.), commonly known as the National Apprenticeship Act. Or if no agency has been recognized in the State, the Office of the Apprenticeship of the Department of Labor. Organizations that qualify may apply under both this funding opportunity announcement and HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FY-0952, the Health Profession Opportunity Grants for Tribes, Tribal Organizations, or Tribal College or University. However, an organization may only be funded under one of the two funding opportunity announcements, and not both.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 06/29/2015 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreement
Number of Awards Available
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grants may be awarded to eligible entities as defined by 42 U.S.C. 1397g(a)(4)(A). Eligible entities are: States, including each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. Local Workforce Investment Boards, established under section 117 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. § 2832). Institutions of higher education as given the term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. § 1001). Indian tribes and tribal organizations as determined by section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b). Tribal colleges and universities as defined by section 316(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. § 1059c(b)). A sponsor of an apprenticeship program registered under the National Apprenticeship Act. (29 U.S.C. § 50 et seq.) Community-based organizations. For the purposes of this announcement, ACF defines "community-based organizations" as private, non-profit organizations that are representative of the communities, or significant segments of the communities, in which the proposed health professions education and training project is located. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations at: http: // Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Application Procedure
Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
ACF Applications Help Desk
Website Address
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards range from $600,000.00 to $3,000,000.00


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