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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofit and For-Profit Elderly
Care Providers for Continuing Education of Employees

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Employee Scholarship Grant Program

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Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC)

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01/31/22 11:59 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit and for-profit organizations providing home care, housing, and adult day care services to the elderly for professional development to benefit staff. Funding is intended to offer educational scholarships and training to the caregiving staff of qualified organizations. Eligible courses of study for scholarship recipients include workshops and degree programs directly related to the delivery of patient or client care in home and community-based services settings.

Grant funds must be used to support workforce development through scholarships and/or eligible in-house trainings for employees. Scholarships must be for courses or degrees directly related to courses of study that are expected to lead to career advancement with the provider or in the field of long-term care, including home care, care of persons with disabilities, or nursing within the HCBS field.

The trainings must result in an industry recognized certification, credential or include stackable course credits supporting adult basic education, degree program, diplomas, or license. The certification must be awarded in recognition of an individual's attainment of measurable technical or occupational skills necessary to obtain employment or advance within an occupation. 

Eligible Scholarship Recipients - To be eligible, a scholarship recipient must be employed in a caregiving role and must work an average of at least 16 hours per week for the grantee organization while receiving a scholarship funded by the HCBS Employee Scholarship Grant Program.

Eligible Courses of Study or Training - Eligible courses of study for scholarship recipients include in house trainings, and or scholarships for degree programs directly related to the delivery of patient or client care in home and community-based settings. These may include:

  • Nursing, including Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or other relevant degrees
  • Degree programs in the field of long-term care, including care for persons with disabilities
  • Social work
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Client care-related trainings that result in industry-recognized certifications, credentials, or course credits and are above and beyond those required for licensure of the organization, for example:
    • Trained Medical Aide
    • Certified Dementia Care
    • Licensed Assisted Living Director
    • Training for medical care interpreter services
    • Job-related English as a Second Language

For information about eligible expenses, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 161879

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Estimated Award Minimum: $15,000
Estimated Award Maximum: $125,000

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Project Dates: June 30, 2022 – June 30, 2025

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit and for-profit organizations that meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply for an HCBS Employee Scholarship grant. An eligible applicant organization or facility:
- Is located in Minnesota;
- Primarily provides services to individuals who are 65 years of age and older in home and community-based settings;
- Offers an in-house employee scholarship and/or training program to its staff or is in the process of developing a scholarship/training program.

Additionally, organizations must be one of the following licensed providers:
- Housing with Services establishment as defined in MN Statute 144D.01
- Adult Day Care facility as defined in MN Statute 245A.02
- Home Care Services providers as defined in MN Statute 144A.43, subd. 3

Nursing home establishments and hospice facilities are not eligible for this grant program.

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to:
• Administrative expenses to manage the grant
• Employee wages, fringe benefits or stipends while the employee is attending school
• Courses or training required to maintain an employee’s current certification or licensure
• Courses or training required to maintain an employer’s current certification or licensure
• Courses that do not provide a pathway that will lead to the employee’s career advancement in the field of long-term care
• Out-of-state travel or lodging
• Supplies or equipment that are not directly related to classes/coursework of scholarship recipients
• Capital improvements
• Fundraising
• Taxes, except sales tax on goods and services
• Lobbyists, political contributions
• Bad debts, late payment fees, finance charges, or contingency funds

Of note, grant funded scholarship trainings must be for courses that are in addition to the basic required elements of maintaining an employee’s current role, maintaining a certification, or maintaining an employee’s or facility’s licensure. Professional conferences, on the job training, mentoring, supervision, or in-service trainings that do not result in career advancement, certified skills attainment, or course credits towards a degree, are not eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar will be held on January 6, 2022 at 10am.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received by MDH Office of Rural Health and Primary Care no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Time on January 31, 2022.

Please submit questions no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on January 26, 2022.

Per State Policy on Grant Payments, reimbursement is the method for making grant payments.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted by email or phone to Joanne Madrid at or 651-201-3895.

Minnesota Department of Health, ORHPC
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

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