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Consider the following when exploring various sources of federal funding for DSW initiatives:

  • Review Current Federal Grants in your State: Make sure you know which federal grants your state has already received or is applying for. Familiarize yourself with these grants’ objectives and requirements and identify whether there might be a connection to DSW issues that would allow you to collaborate on an existing project, rather than seeking new funding.

  • State Governments as a Source of Federal Money: Federal grant money often flows to states through formula or block grants. The best way to access certain federal monies may be through your state government.

  • Weigh Short-term Grants versus More Long-term Funding: For certain projects, short-term funding such as demonstration grants or research project funding is ideal. More constant sources of funding like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF,)or a Medicaid home and community based services waiver may be more appropriate to your project.

  • Expand Your Search: Grants that have a different main focus may include opportunities for workforce development. Consider partnering with other organizations to have access to such grants.

General On-line Federal Grant Resources:


  • Grants.gov (external link): The Grants.gov website is an electronic single access point covering more than $400 billion in Federal grants offered by all Federal grant-making agencies. The website allows organizations to search for grants, sign up for email notification of specific grant opportunities, and download grant application packages.

  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) (external link): The CFDA describes both Federal grants and non-financial assistance programs and includes a keyword index. The catalog is published annually and updated continuously. The CFDA also provides guidance for writing Federal grant proposals.

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What's New?

The DSW Resource Center closed effective August 31, 2014. The site is being maintained as a static archive of resources through December 2014.

Please visit the CMS Workforce Page (external link) and visit our partners’ websites for additional information on or after December 31, 2014.

Check out the Winter 2014 edition of the DSW Resource Center newslettter!

The DSW Resource Center has published a White Paper summarizing this summer's webinar series.

The US Department of Labor (external link) announced a new rule to the Fair Labor and Standards Act which focuses on guaranteeing minimum wage and overtime for home care workers including those in the Direct Service Workforce. This rule will go into effect January 1, 2015. The DSW Resource Center created a Home Care Rule Page with information and resources related to this announcement.

We released two new Starter Kits for NWD/SEP Systems including ADRCS. Starter Kit for No Wrong Door/ Single Entry Point Systems Working to Strengthen the Home and Community-Based Direct Service Workforce and Starter Kit for NWD/SEPs: Design Considerations for Publicly-Funded Matching Service Registries for Home and Community Services.

We published Coverage of Direct Service Workforce Continuing Education and Training within Medicaid Policy and Rate Setting - A Toolkit which presents strategies and methods for covering the cost of continuing education and training for the DSW.
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