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Grants to Minnesota Clinical Training Programs to Enhance Professional Development

2024 Health Professional Clinical Training Expansion Grant Program


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Funding Source
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/18/23 11:59 PM CT Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Minnesota clinical training programs in eligible regions to enhance health professional workforce development. The purpose of the program is to increase access to primary care and mental health services and strengthen the healthcare workforce. Eligible programs are those that benefit rural and underserved urban areas.

Grants will support the establishment or expansion of clinical training for eligible health professional training programs. Clinical training is a required step for health professionals seeking licensure, and opportunities to receive clinical training are limited. Providing funding opportunities for clinical training programs will strengthen Minnesota’s healthcare workforce and increase access to primary care and mental health services in rural and underserved urban areas. This grant program funds activities associated with creating and implementing new clinical training programs, and expanding existing clinical training programs, in rural and underserved urban areas in Minnesota.

Grant outcomes will include:

  • An increase in the number of clinical training opportunities for health professionals.
  • An increase in access to health care in rural and underserved urban communities in Minnesota.
  • Grant performance will be measured by the submission of quarterly progress reports that track activities as listed in the Project Work Plan (Attachment B).

Other Competitive Priorities

  • Efficient operation of the training program once the grant project is completed.
  • The proposed project incorporates team-based primary care in rural and underserved urban communities.

Eligible projects will develop and/or expand clinical training opportunities for students of eligible training programs. Projects will focus on increasing access to primary care in rural and underserved urban communities. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with providers and provider organizations to create new clinical training opportunities.

For information about eligible expenses, see the following link:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are programs that fulfill the following criteria:
1) Are located in Minnesota and train, or are proposing to train, students residing and working in Minnesota.
2) Plan to establish or expand clinical training for students in the following health professional programs:
a) Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Program
i) Must be accredited as a master's, doctoral, or postgraduate level advanced practice registered nursing program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, or is a candidate for accreditation.
b) Dental Therapy Program and Advanced Dental Therapy Program
i) Must be approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, or currently accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
c) Mental Health Professional Program
i) Must be accredited by the appropriate accrediting body for clinical social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, or licensed professional clinical counseling, or is a candidate for accreditation.
ii) A mental health professional is defined as an individual providing clinical services in the treatment of mental illness who meets one of the qualifications under MN Statutes Sec. 2451.04, subdivision 2.
d) Pharmacy Program
i) Must be accredited as a Doctor of Pharmacy program by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education.
e) Physician Assistant Program
i) Must be accredited as a physician assistant program by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant or is a candidate for accreditation.
3) Applicants must be able to demonstrate applicable membership and compliance with the corresponding accrediting bodies.

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to:
• Fundraising.
• Taxes, except sales tax on goods and services.
• Lobbyists, political contributions.
• Bad debts, late payment fees, finance charges, or contingency funds.
• Supplanting existing program funds.
• Capital improvements.
• Funding activities supported by other state grants, such as Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) funding.
• Supporting administrative costs not directly related to clinical training or obtaining accreditation.

Pre-Application Information
All applications must be received by MDH no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Time on September 18, 2023.

- RFP Published: August 4, 2023
- Informational Webinar: August 14, 2023
- Application due to MDH: September 18, 2023
- Grant distribution announcement (estimated): October 30, 2023
- Grant Agreements begin (estimated): January 1, 2024

Please submit questions no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time on September 11, 2023.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
• Eligible clinical training programs may receive up to $75,000 for planning projects.
• Eligible clinical training programs that wish to expand may receive $150,000 for the first year, $100,000 for the second year, and $50,000 for the third year per program, not to exceed $300,000 over a three-year period.

Contact Information
Apply online:

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

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