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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.

Healthcare Sector Initiative Grant–deadline extended

From the National Network of Sector Partners on 7-20-10.


A recently announced Funding Opportunity Announcement from the US Department of Health and Human Services offers funds to provide services toward healthcare careers.

Approximately 17 awards are expected in amounts between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000, with an average award of $3,000,000, for projects that will be five years long. No match is required. The extended application deadline is August 05, 2010.

The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) recently announced the solicitation of applications to competitively award cooperative agreements for these funds. Eligible applicants for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants to Serve Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals are states, Local Workforce Investment Boards, institutions of higher education, sponsors of registered apprenticeship programs, community-based organizations, Indian tribes and Tribal organizations, and Tribal colleges and universities. Funding will support establishment and maintenance of healthcare workforce training, education, and career advancement demonstration projects which are easily accessible, target skills and competencies, support career pathways, overcome barriers to employment, result in a license, certificate, or degree, and address health care professions’ workforce needs. Individuals eligible to receive education and training include TANF recipients receiving assistance under the State TANF program and other low-income individuals as described by the applicant in their application.

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must demonstrate in the application that it has consulted with, and that projects will be carried out in coordination with, each of the following entities: The State agency responsible for administering the State TANF program; The Local Workforce Investment Board in the area in which the project is to be conducted (unless the applicant is such board); The State Workforce Investment Board; and The State Apprenticeship Agency (or if no agency has been recognized in the State, the Office of the Apprenticeship of the Department of Labor). Applicants are strongly encouraged to include other partners that can provide resources or expertise to the project.

For more information on the Health Profession Opportunity Grants, please visit:

To locate additional federal grants, please visit: www.grants.gov. Grant awards will be made no later than September 30, 2010.

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