Current Funding Opportunities

Current funding opportunities for direct service workforce initiatives will be listed below, as they become available. Please check back soon if there are no current opportunities listed.

If you are aware of a current funding opportunity we should include here, please contact us at info@dswresourcecenter.org.

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Funding Opportunity for Behavioral Health Workforce Development

Posted by admin on Fri 11 of April, 2014 14:23 EDT
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a Funding Announcement for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program for Paraprofessionals. HRSA and SAMHSA are seeking to train a total of 1,700 behavioral health paraprofessionals per year over three years through this grant program. $3,400,000 is budgeted for the program in FY 2014 with awards of up to $300,000 for each one-year budget period.

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Enabling Caring Communities: Promoting Evidence-Based Practice in Caregiving

Posted by EKDilla on Wed 18 of April, 2012 10:05 EDT
The Johnson & Johnson/Rosalynn Carter Institute Caregivers Program is pleased to announce a grant funding opportunity for non-profit community-based organizations implementing evidence-based caregiver support programs.

Funding priorities are 1) caregivers caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and 2) Family caregivers of soldiers returning from deployment and living with traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and/or physical disability. An Initial Interest Form MUST be submitted electronically by April 20, 2012.
More information is available in the Funding Announcement (external link).

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Area Health Education Centers

Posted by EKDilla on Thu 12 of Jan., 2012 18:13 EST
The DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration announced a new funding opportunity aimed at training health care personnel. The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) programs aim to improve the health care workforces, especially primary care personnel in the health care services. AHEC focuses on interdisciplinary, community-based, primary care training programs.

This funding opportunity announcement is for a five-year project period for AHEC Infrastructure Development awards and AHEC Point of Service Maintenance and Enhancement awards. An estimated $31,000,000 is available for 60 anticipated grants. The grant is especially aimed at development in rural and under served areas.

The deadline to apply is February 15, 2012 8:00 PM ET and can be completed through www.grants.gov. Details are posted on the HRSA Website (external link).

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Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program: Field Initiated Projects Program (Development)

Posted by EKDilla on Thu 12 of Jan., 2012 17:50 EST
There is a new grant opportunity from the Department of Education, the Field Initiated (FI) Projects program. It aims to maximize the full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities through new methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology. Another purpose of the FI Projects program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. This grant is for development activities, but research grants are also available (CFDA 84.133G-1). Development activities carried out under FI Project development grants must be research based. This grant opportunity is open a wide variety of grantees.

For more information, please see the Grant Synopsis (external link) and Full Announcement (external link).

Apply through www.grants.gov (external link).

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Education and Training Administration Workforce Innovation Grants

Posted by EKDilla on Tue 27 of Dec., 2011 14:30 EST
The Department of Labor announced (external link) on December 22, 2011 that approximately $98.5 million dollars would be available for Workforce Innovation Grants. In addition to receiving funding for programs that support and evaluate workforce development strategies such as innovative training programs, grantees will be given technical assistance. This is a great opportunity to improve training for DSPs!

State workforce agencies, local workforce investment boards, and other institutions eligible for WIA Section 166 grants are encouraged to apply.

More information is available About the Grant (external link) and DOL Grants (external link).

Apply through http://www.grants.gov/ (external link).

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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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