Program Description

The HCOP Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals grant program will offer funding to colleges and universities to operate and expand paraprofessional training programs that will meet the employment needs of a community, especially in rural and underserved areas. This program's goal is to grow the workforce while simultaneously promoting employment and a career ladder for graduates of health paraprofessional training programs. Grantees will be expected to expand the health paraprofessional workforce by supporting education and training for health paraprofessionals that result in a certificate or license.

General Program Requirements

Grantees will be expected to recruit potential students and cover at least 90 percent of all training costs. Grantees must develop relationships with non-profit and public organizations to host student field placements. Grantees also should partner with other organizations/institutions to provide supportive services to students, including career development and job placement services.

Applicants, or their partner community, technical, and/or tribal college(s), must have an existing health paraprofessional certificate training program(s) in one or more health paraprofessional fields, including:

  • Care coordinator
  • Community health worker
  • Dental assistant
  • Home health aide
  • Medical assistant
  • Patient navigator
  • Outreach worker
  • Promotora
  • Other professions that correspond to the needs identified in an applicant's health paraprofessional employment needs assessment and Labor Market Information analysis that are specific to the proposed geographic region.
  • And other program requirements as specified in Funding Opportunity Announcement(s).

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information about all this and other potential HRSA funding opportunities, please visit the HRSA Open Opportunities page.

Program Contact Information

Violet Woo
Project Officer
VWoo@hrsa.gov
301-443-6950

Additional Information

Length of Program3 years
Tribes Funded by this ProgramCollege of the Menominee Nation
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)976
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.329
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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