National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)

The summary for the National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements (NCAs) grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data FederalGrants.com provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Health Resources and Services Administration, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements (NCAs): This announcement solicits applications for the National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements (NCAs) Program to provide necessary technical and non-financial assistance to potential and existing Health Center Program[1] grantees and look-alikes (hereafter referred to as health centers) nationwide.  The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking to fund up to four NCAs to provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) directly and through collaborative partnerships[2] to support health centers in providing better, more affordable care and improving the health of individuals and communities in accordance with the following Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Quality Strategy (NQS) priorities:[3]

1.      Making care safer by reducing harm caused in the delivery of care.

2.      Ensuring that each person and family is engaged as partners in their care.

3.      Promoting effective communication and coordination of care.

4.      Promoting the most effective prevention and treatment practices for the leading causes of mortality.

5.      Working with communities to promote use of best practices to enable healthy living.

6.      Making quality care more affordable and accessible for individuals, families, and the community by developing and spreading new health care delivery models.

Target Areas

Organizations that receive NCA funding under this announcement will provide specialized national T/TA to health centers in one of the following Target Areas:

Oral Health:  The Oral Health cooperative agreement will provide specialized T/TA to help health centers provide new high-quality oral health services, enhance the quality of oral health services currently provided, and accurately report on oral health care quality in annual reports to HRSA.

Health Information Technology (HIT) and Data:  The HIT and Data cooperative agreement will provide specialized T/TA to help health centers adopt, optimize, and implement meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) and related health information technology; develop and improve data quality, aggregation, and analytic capacity; use data to support clinical and operational quality improvement; and support effective recruitment and retention strategies for informatics and information management staff.

Clinical Workforce Development:  The Clinical Workforce Development cooperative agreement will provide T/TA to help health centers identify and implement innovative models and effective practices to train health profession students, residents, and licensed clinicians to provide high quality care to vulnerable populations in team-based primary care settings.

[1] As authorized under section 330(l) of the PHS Act, Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75.

[2] Collaborative partners include Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs), Primary Care Offices (PCOs), and Primary Care Associations (PCAs), as appropriate.

[3] More information on the National Quality Strategy is available at http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/.
Federal Grant Title: National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)
Federal Agency Name: Health Resources and Services Administration
Grant Categories: Health
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-15-140
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 93.129
CFDA Descriptions: Technical and Non-Financial Assistance to Health Centers
Current Application Deadline: Jun 1, 2015
Original Application Deadline: Jun 1, 2015
Posted Date: Mar 31, 2015
Creation Date: Mar 31, 2015
Archive Date: Jul 31, 2015
Total Program Funding: $3,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $0
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 4
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Category Explanation
https://grants3.hrsa.gov/2010/Web2External/Interface/FundingCycle/ExternalView.aspx?fCycleID=72956cb0-2031-4d4e-aed4-3d3d5c85891c
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Small businesses
City or township governments
State governments
County governments
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Private institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements.  Applications that do not demonstrate compliance with all eligibility requirements will be deemed non-responsive and will not be considered for funding.

A.    Applicant is a public, non-profit, or for profit entity.  Faith-based and community-based organizations are eligible to apply for these funds.  Tribes and Tribal Organizations are eligible to apply for these funds.

B.     Applicant is NOT an existing NCA currently funded under Section 330(l).[1]

C.     Applicant requests no more than the Target Area-specific maximum amount of funding per year, as outlined in Section II. 2:  Summary of Funding.

D.    Applicant adheres to the 80-page limit on the length of the total application when printed by HRSA.  See Appendix A for specific information regarding the documents included in the 80-page limit.

E.     Applicant proposes to address the minimum required number of Target Area Specific Measure(s) for each selected Target Area as outlined in Appendix C.

[1] The list of current NCAs funded through Section 330(l) (via HRSA funding opportunity announcement number HRSA-14-031) is available on the HRSA NCA website:  http://bphc.hrsa.gov/technicalassistance/partnerlinks/natlagreement.html.
Grant Announcement Contact
Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration bphcncafoa@hrsa.gov
Contact NCA TA Team at (301)594-4300 or email bphcncafoa@hrsa.gov

Health Resources and Services Administration 301-443-7432
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