State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health


To facilitate the improvement of minority health and eliminate health disparities (adult/child immunization, asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, HIV, infant mortality, and mental health) through the development of partnerships with state and territorial offices of minority health.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Office of the Secretary
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Public Health Service Act, as amended, Title XVII, Section 1707 (e)(1), 42 U.S.C. 300u et seq., Title 17, Section 1707, 42 U.S.C 300u et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State/Territorial Offices of Minority Health (established through legislation, executive order, or a directive process) are eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Members of minority groups: Alaskan Natives; American Indians; Asians; Blacks/African Americans; Hispanics/Latinos; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; or subgroups of these.
Documentation that verifies official status as an established state office of minority health/health equity (or other similar entity); and eligible tribes’ status as a Federally-recognized tribe will be verified through the list published by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which may be found at Tribes whose status is a State-recognized tribe must include a letter of recognition from their state. 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 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 Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMH Circular No. A-110. Application kits for this Program may be obtained by accessing at Applications are screened upon receipt for completeness, responsiveness and conformance to the program announcement. Those applications judged to be unacceptable based on this initial screening will be returned. Applications may only be submitted electronically via the electronic submission mechanisms specified in the program announcement. Any applications submitted via any other means of electronic communication, including facsimile or electronic mail, will not be accepted. Information about system is available on the Web Site.
Award Procedure
Accepted applications will be reviewed by a review panel that will make recommendations on the technical merit based on the published criteria. After considering the recommendations of the panel, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health will make a final decision on funding projects and a notice of grant award will be issued.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Approximately 90 to 120 days from the application deadline date.
Not Applicable.
From 90 to 120 days. 180 Days. The grant will have a 5-year project period with 12-month budget periods.
How are proposals selected?
Complete review criteria are published on or can be obtained from the Program contact. Listed below are some criteria used to review applications: (1) consistency of project’s objectives relevant to the program purpose and the federal Office of Minority Health’s mission; (2) coherence and feasibility of methodology and activities selected to address the problem as evidence in the proposed implementation plan; (3) strength of proposed grantee organization’s management capability; (4) adequacy of qualifications and experience of proposed personnel; and (5) strength of analysis of potential impact or innovation the project proposes to generate.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are to be used to support the development and implementation of minority-targeted strategies which will facilitate improvement in minority health and address health disparities and gaps. Funds are not to be used for the provision of health care treatment, for construction, or to supplant ongoing project activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Progress reports are required quarterly,. Grantees are required to submit Quarterly Federal Financial Reports. Progress reports are required quarterly. Federal Financial Reports SF425 are due quarterly and a final Federal Financial Report is due 90 days following the end of the project period. Grantees are required to submit program performance reports as specified in the funding opportunity announcement. A final performance report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.
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.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or longer pending completion and resolution of any audit findings.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants can have a project period not to exceed 5 years, with 12 month budget periods. Following the initial budget period, continued funding is subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory program performance. Payments will be made either on a monthly cash request basis or under a letter of credit. Necessary instructions regarding payment procedure will be provided at the time the Notice of Grant Award is issued. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Headquarters Office: Office of Minority Health, Assistant Secretray for Health (OASH), Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 600, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-2882.

Program Contact: Ms. Sonsiere Cobb-Souza, Acting Director, Division of Program Operations, Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 600, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-8444.

Grants Management Contact: Office of Grants Management, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-8822.
Headquarters Office
Eric C. West, Tower Building Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: Phone: (240) 453-8822.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $3,230,861; FY 15 est $3,000,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available - State Partnership Initiative to Address Health Disparities.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$175,000 to $200,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Specific program requirements are contained in the application instructions found on, and the HHS Grants Policy Statement.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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