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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: This Program is in its first year and does not yet have program accomplishments that are reported/compiled. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
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).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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, technical colleges, tribal 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 educationally or economically disadvantaged students who express an interest in a) pursuing a health related paraprofessional certificate in an existing program, or b) individuals who are already practicing but want additional credentials to advance their employability. Eligible paraprofessional training programs are those that exist, can be successfully completed in 12 months or less, and assist in job placement.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries include individuals who a) meet the definition of either educationally or economically disadvantaged, b) express an interest in pursuing a health degree program c) have completed at a minimum a high school diploma or GED, or d) individuals who are already practicing in a health-related paraprofessional field and who want additional credentials to advance their employability.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted with an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. 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 Procedure
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

All eligible, 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.
Award Procedure
Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) through a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
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. 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 Funding Opportunity Announcement for detailed review criteria.
How may assistance be used?
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.

Restricted Uses: Indirect costs under training awards to organizations other than State, local or American Indian tribal governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are required. The recipient will be required to submit semi-annual performance and annual progress reports. Cash reports are not applicable. A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required according to the schedule in HRSA’s Application Guide. A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends. If applicable, the recipient 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. L. 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 (The FFATA details are available online at Competing continuation recipients, 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 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.
Recipients 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 formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
This funding opportunity provides support for a 3-year project period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded. Recipients 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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Meseret Bezuneh, Chief, Health Careers Pipeline Branch, 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, MD 20857, Phone: (301) 443-6950, E-mail:
Headquarters Office
Violet Woo 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 20886 Email: Phone: 301-443-6950
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $2,515,832; FY 15 est $2,520,000; and FY 16 est $2,520,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 14 Range $187,043 – $200,000 Average $193,525

FY 15 est Range $151,827 – $200,000 Average $193,142

FY 16 est Range $151,827 – $200,000 Average $193,249.
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
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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