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Primary Care Program: Allied Health Professional (AHP) Education and Training Grant

AHP Education and Training Grants are for consortia between hospitals, clinics, health systems and educational providers to establish education and training programs for allied health professionals. The goal of the grant is to increase the availability of quality education and training opportunities for critical allied health positions in rural areas of the state.

Who can apply?

  • Hospitals, clinics, health systems and educational entities that form health care education and training consortia for allied health professionals.
  • Priority will be given to consortia serving rural communities with populations of less than 20,000.
  • Priority may be given to entities that have not previously received an AHP education and training grant.

What is the funding for?

  • AHP grants may support education and training for a wide variety of health professions that provide diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, or direct patient care and support services to a patient. (AHP grants may not be used to support training for physicians, registered nurses, dentists, pharmacists, chiropractors, or podiatrists. Grants also may not be used to train certified nursing assistants working in nursing homes.)
  • Based on high need, priority may be given to applications targeting behavioral health specialists and technicians, mental health counselors and assistants, psychiatric aides and technicians, and substance abuse counselors and counselors-in-training.
  • Grants may be used to expand existing training programs or to develop new training programs.
  • Grants may be used to support the training of current employees, new hires, or potential employees.

What funding restrictions are there?

  • Up to $125,000 per year may be requested for a two-year period ($250,000 total; July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2025). A single application may request funds to provide training opportunities for more than one allied health occupation, as long as the total amount of funds requested does not exceed $125,000 per consortium per year.
  • Recipients must match the amount received through the grant (100% match) either in cash or through in-kind funding.
  • Participants in AHP grant-supported graduate education and training programs must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen U.S. nationals, or foreign nationals who possess visas permitting permanent residence in the U.S. Individuals on temporary student visas shall not participate in education and training programs supported by the Department of Health Services (DHS) AHP grant funds.

When are applications due?

  • Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. central time April 3, 2023.
  • Applications submitted after this date and time will not be reviewed.

How do we apply?

Who can we contact for questions?

  • Please submit all questions by January 27, 2023. Consolidated answers will be posted by February 3, 2023.
Last revised January 10, 2023