The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the availability of up to $40 million in funding in the Rural Healthcare Grant Program to address rural healthcare workforce shortages in communities across the country.

The Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), which will be administering the program, seeks to address this shortage through the release of funding to invest in successful, employer-driven, training models and community partnerships to establish sustainable programs to address rural healthcare shortages. Through the investment in these rural communities, ETA aims to help individuals gain the skills necessary to fill these vacancies and allow employers to find skilled workers more readily. 

Rural Healthcare Grants will be awarded to partnerships of public and private sector entities.  Eligible lead applicants include employers in the healthcare sector; nonprofit healthcare organizations affiliated with hospitals and other medical facilities; healthcare industry and/or occupation associations; organizations designated as "Primary Care Associations" by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State or Local Workforce Development Boards and Federally recognized Indian/Native American Tribal Governments; and Native American Program entities eligible for funding under Section 166 of WIOA (29 U.S.C. 3221).

A Pre-Applicant Webinar and FAQS will be posted at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/skills-grants/h1-b-skills-training, at a later date.

Link to the Funding Opportunity Announcement: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329016

More information can be found here.