H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program
The H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program provides funding to partnerships of public and private sector entities to increase the number of individuals training in healthcare occupations that directly impact patient care and to alleviate healthcare workforce shortages by creating sustainable employment and training programs in healthcare occupations (including behavioral and mental healthcare) serving rural populations.
Workforce development strategies should support:
- Engaging healthcare providers and employers in the adoption and deployment of employment and training services to address specific healthcare needs in rural areas
- Establishing new or expanding existing career pathways in the healthcare sector that focus on the skills, competencies, and credentials needed for middle to high-skilled direct patient healthcare occupations
- Offering high quality training options to prepare individuals to successfully move into middle- to high-skilled employment in healthcare occupations
- Creating an infrastructure to successfully sustain the program components after the life of the grant
- Providing supportive services to participants necessary to ensure they are able to participate fully in employment and training activities
- Identifying an existing system through the partnership with the local workforce development board or other workforce investment partners for the purpose of collecting and reviewing program data and monitoring results to assess program performance
Training and educational services may be modified to meet the COVID-19 environment. Training may include:
- On-the-Job Training
- Cohort-based customized training
- Incumbent Worker Training
- Apprenticeship Programs
- Paid Work Experience/Paid Internships
- Classroom, Competency-Based, and Online Accelerated Training Strategies
- Supportive Service Strategies
A list of allowable H1B healthcare occupations is provided in Appendix A of the application instructions.
Eligible lead applicants include:
- Healthcare employers and healthcare industry and/or occupation associations
- Nonprofit healthcare organizations affiliated with hospitals and other medical facilities
- Organizations designated as "Primary Care Associations" by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State and Local Workforce Development Boards
- Federally recognized Tribal Governments
- Native American program entities eligible for funding under Section 166 of WIOA
Award ceiling: $2,500,000
Award floor: $500,000
Project period: 4 years
Estimated number of awards: 15-40
Estimated total program funding: $40,000,000
Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through grants.gov. The application instructions will be found on the related documents tab.
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