Funding for Education and Training

AmeriCorps State and National Competitive Grants

Provides competitive funding to organizations that engage AmeriCorps members to build capacity, expand services, and help communities address their needs through service and volunteer activities. Focuses on the following areas: COVID-19 recovery, racial inequality, child poverty, economic opportunity, Economic Mobility Corps, education, veterans and military families, rural intermediaries, faith-based organizations, and healthy futures. Healthy futures emphasizes service projects related to substance use and prescription drug misuse through education, prevention, and recovery efforts to address the opioid crisis. Supports evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions, practices, and program models.

Application Deadline: Jan 6, 2021
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)

Grants funds to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Implements research, education, and extension initiatives that prepare K-14 students, which includes students in two-year post-secondary programs, to enter STEM fields in higher education institutions. Aims to develop a qualified workforce in the areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences and improve economic opportunity in rural communities.

Application Deadline: Jan 21, 2021
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
AmeriCorps State Formula Grants

Awards formula funding through a governor-appointed state or territory service commission to organizations that engage AmeriCorps members to build capacity, expand services, and help communities address their needs through service and volunteer activities. Focuses service projects on six areas: economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, rural intermediaries, faith-based organizations, and healthy futures. Includes service projects related to substance use and prescription drug misuse. Supports evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions, practices, and program models.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program

Provides grants and direct loans to assist rural areas with the development of essential community facilities, including purchasing equipment, paying for related project costs, and purchasing, improving, or constructing essential community facilities. Examples of essential community facilities include healthcare facilities, public facilities, community support services, public safety services, educational services, utility services, and local food systems.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
E-Rate Program: The Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism

Offers discounts to help schools and libraries with costs towards eligible data transmission services, internet access, internal connections, managed internal broadband services, and basic maintenance of internal connections.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP): Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program (PWEAA)

Supports the planning and implementation of economic development and revitalization projects in areas facing economic disruption and hardship, including rural and American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities. Helps communities attract investment, create and retain new businesses and jobs, provide job training and education opportunities for dislocated workers, and enhance technology and infrastructure.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Economic Impact Initiative Grants

Offers grants to assist rural areas facing extreme unemployment and economic decline with the development of essential community facilities, including purchasing, constructing, and improving eligible facilities. Aims to promote public safety, lower taxes, and increase economic and community development by helping manufacturers and other businesses build or grow their operations in rural communities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program

Provides economically distressed areas, including rural and tribal communities, with resources to address their individual economic needs with the goal of creating and retaining jobs and increasing private investments. Supports strategies that build regional assets and provide local and regional capacity building and economic development.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration (EDA)
National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities

Provides funding to schools and local educational agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to purchase equipment necessary to operate school food programs. Helps schools obtain equipment of $1,000 or more that will enable them to serve healthier meals and improve food safety for students. Funds may also be used to establish, maintain, or expand a school breakfast program.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)

Creates community learning centers to run after-school programs for students in high-poverty or low-performing schools. Provides academic programs to help students meet standards in core academic subjects, like math and reading, along with a variety of enrichment programs, such as drug and violence prevention programs. Funding is awarded to states, who distribute grants locally through state grant competitions.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Title IV, Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Program

Provides students with improved access to a well-rounded education, better school conditions for student learning, and increased use of technology to raise academic achievement and digital literacy. Includes alcohol and drug education and prevention efforts as well as professional development and training for school personnel and community members to identify and address substance abuse.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Tribal College Initiative Grants

Offers grants to tribal colleges and universities to purchase equipment and improve infrastructure for educational facilities, and develop essential community facilities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program Inactive

Provides funding for the creation of employment and training programs in high demand rural healthcare occupations, including behavioral and mental healthcare. Seeks to address rural health workforce shortages by increasing the number of individuals training in occupations that directly impact the care of rural populations. Assists unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers to transition into sustainable health careers that qualify as middle or high-skilled occupations under the H-1B visa program. Focuses on training for veterans, military spouses, transitioning service members, women, people of color, ex-offenders, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented rural populations.

Application Deadline: Nov 13, 2020
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems Initiative (INSPIRE) Inactive

Supports projects to address the crisis of substance and opioid use in Appalachian counties through programs that help people in recovery obtain and maintain employment. Promotes the development of recovery ecosystems that support individuals as they transition from substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs into recovery and seek to enter or re-enter the workforce. Brings together multiple sectors, including recovery communities, peer support, healthcare, human services, law enforcement, and others, to deliver job training, skill development, and comprehensive support services that enable individuals to find stable employment and sustain their recovery from SUD.

Letter of Intent (Required): Oct 16, 2020
Application Deadline: Nov 13, 2020
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
AmeriCorps VISTA for Project Sponsors Inactive

Offers organizations the opportunity to engage and sponsor AmeriCorps VISTA service members to help develop or expand community anti-poverty projects. AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to one year of full-time, volunteer service, helping to build capacity and sustainability in programs to address poverty and other issues identified by the community. Requires sponsors to operate and direct the project, recruit and supervise AmeriCorps VISTA members, and complete the necessary administrative support activities to meet the project goals. VISTA's fiscal year (FY) 2021 Healthy Futures focus area gives priority to projects that address substance use in low-income communities impacted by the opioid crisis through opioid prevention and recovery programs. VISTA FY 2021 priority populations and regions includes a focus on rural communities and Indian country.

Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2020
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Program Inactive

Provides funds to organizations to engage and manage individuals aged 55 and older for service projects implementing evidence-based programs and models to strengthen communities. Focuses on capacity building in six focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Prioritizes funding for nine topics, including access to care for opioid abuse. Seeks to prevent or reduce prescription drug and opioid abuse through health education and increasing healthcare access. Offers seniors a variety of service activities and flexible work commitments, ranging from a few hours to a maximum of forty hours per week.

Application Deadline: Sep 3, 2020
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative Inactive

Supports workforce development activities in rural counties throughout the Appalachian and Delta regions. Provides funds to prepare dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers, including workers affected by substance use disorder (SUD), for good jobs in high-demand occupations in these regions. Ensures that efforts align with existing economic growth strategies in order to increase employment opportunities and foster long-term regional economic prosperity.

Application Deadline: Jul 29, 2020
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants (Traditional DLT) Inactive

Funds telecommunication projects that support distance learning and telemedicine services to increase access to education, training, and healthcare resources for students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. Emphasizes telecommunication projects that help rural communities foster economic and community development. Works to reduce substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid misuse, in high-risk rural communities through education, treatment, and counseling programs and services.

Application Deadline: Jul 13, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP) Inactive

Provides funding to enhance or expand existing farm to school initiatives and other food and agriculture experiential learning initiatives, especially in underserved areas. Seeks to improve food quality and children's nutrition and promote knowledge of agriculture by engaging schools directly with local and regional agricultural producers and other parts of the food system.

Application Deadline: Jun 4, 2020
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Adult Drug Court (ADC) and Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Discretionary Grant Program Inactive

Provides funds to support new and existing adult drug courts (ADCs), veteran treatment courts (VTCs), and other drug courts by offering grants and technical assistance to states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Finances activities centered on preventing overdoses, reducing opioid and other substance abuse, and decreasing recidivism.

Application Deadline: Jun 1, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Inactive

Makes federal funding available through two initiatives to rural school districts that may have difficulty receiving awards through competitive grants due to a lack of resources. Each initiative supports student achievement and provides not only basic school programs, such as enhancing curriculum or instruction in schools, but also a range of student support and enrichment activities and services, which may include substance abuse education and prevention programs.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2020
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Rural Community Development Initiative Grants (RCDI) Inactive

Provides funding to intermediary organizations that deliver financial and technical assistance to recipients to help meet the needs of their communities in eligible rural areas. Recipients use funds for projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects in rural communities.

Application Deadline: May 13, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants Inactive

Engages AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the Healthy Futures priority to reduce and prevent substance abuse and suicide. Emphasizes activities to increase protective factors that build resiliency and connectedness in individuals and communities to enhance self-esteem and cultural identity, reduce stress, and develop coping and problem-solving skills.

Application Deadline: May 6, 2020
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative Inactive

Funds economic revitalization projects in the Appalachian region focused on economic opportunities, workforce preparation, critical infrastructure development, natural and cultural assets, and building leadership and community capacity to meet Appalachian Regional Commission's strategic investment goals. Gives priority to investments for building a competitive workforce, fostering entrepreneurial activities, developing industry clusters, strengthening substance abuse response, and broadband initiatives.

Letter of Intent (Required): Apr 15, 2020
Application Deadline: Apr 24, 2020
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative Inactive

Expands existing mentoring services and activities for youth ages 17 or younger at risk for juvenile delinquency, victimization, and justice system involvement. Supports various mentoring approaches, such as one-on-one, group, or peer mentoring, provided in informal, school, or program-based settings, giving special priority to services for youth impacted by opioids. Utilizes mentoring to reduce risk factors and problem behaviors, such as poor school attendance and performance or alcohol and drug use, and works to provide young people opportunities for personal growth and development.

Application Deadline: Apr 13, 2020
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program (RSAT) Inactive

Funds community-based reintegration services for offenders re-entering society from incarceration. Supports the formation and execution of residential and jail-based programs to provide treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders (COD) in state, local, and tribal correctional and detention centers.

Application Deadline: Apr 6, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program Inactive

Offers funding to eligible institutions that then distribute funds, based on a formula, to full-time nurse anesthetist trainees to help cover the required education and living expenses. Seeks to increase the number of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) practicing in rural and underserved areas. Supports didactic and clinical teaching and training for nurse anesthetists trainees (NATs) in various areas, including opioid use disorder (OUD) management and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Application Deadline: Mar 6, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry Inactive

Supports the planning, development, operation, and participation in accredited postdoctoral training programs for general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and dental public health. Seeks to improve health outcomes by providing low-income, underserved, uninsured, underrepresented minority, rural, and other disadvantaged populations with increased access to oral health services.

Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care (PCTE-RTPC) Program Inactive

Aims to increase the number of primary care physicians capable and willing to provide care to rural and/or underserved communities by funding accredited residency training program improvements in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics. Works to reduce healthcare expenses, improve care quality, and increase access to healthcare by preparing and encouraging residency graduates to serve in rural and/or underserved areas.

Application Deadline: Jan 24, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program (Native Connections) Inactive

Aims to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian and Alaska Native youth through age 24. Develops and implements integrated mental health, trauma, and suicide and substance use prevention services and facilitates collaboration and coordination between organizations and agencies providing services to tribal youth and their families.

Application Deadline: Dec 10, 2019
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program Inactive

Funds to support new and existing medical and dental residency training programs in community-based, ambulatory patient care settings. Helps address health professional shortages by supporting efforts to encourage and prepare residents to offer high-quality healthcare to rural and underserved communities.

Application Deadline: Aug 30, 2019
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Re-Employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic (RESTORE) Grant Program Inactive

Provides funding for employment training, career services, and supportive services to women directly or indirectly impacted by the opioid crisis. Addresses barriers to work facing women and helps them gain the skills and support to become employed. Seeks to develop multi-disciplinary partnerships among service providers and other key stakeholders with experience serving women workers in order to meet the unique needs of women in communities most affected by opioid use.

Application Deadline: Aug 23, 2019
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau
School Climate Transformation Grant – Local Educational Agency Grants (SCTG-LEA) Program Inactive

Enhances school climate, creating safer, healthier, more engaging and supportive environments for students. Supports the development and implementation of programs using evidence-based multi-tiered frameworks to improve learning conditions and behavioral outcomes and provides training and technical assistance to schools. Prioritizes local educational agencies (LEAs) in rural and tribal areas and gives competitive preference to projects that address the prevention and the impacts of opioid abuse.

Application Deadline: Jul 22, 2019
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Project Prevent Grant Program Inactive

Funds to create school-based programs to help students affected by exposure to violence. Addresses the physical and emotional harms that can impact students' lives long-term and affect academic progress and school safety. Provides students access to counseling and mental health services as well as conflict resolution and other strategies to prevent future violence.

Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2019
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Supplemental Funding Inactive

Seeks to expand access to quality integrated behavioral healthcare services at health centers receiving Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program (H80) funding. Provides behavioral health services to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental illness, substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid use disorder (OUD), and co-occurring physical conditions. Supports activities related to workforce expansion, professional development and training, telehealth, health information technology (HIT), enhancing clinical workflow and practice transformation, and building outreach and community partnerships.

Application Deadline: May 13, 2019
Sponsor: Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC)
Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects Inactive

Offers funding to land-grant colleges and universities to enhance the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for children, youth, and families. Seeks to provide programming and skills to meet their basic needs so they can lead positive, productive, and contributing lives. Aims to assemble resources from land-grant institutions and the Cooperative Extension Systems to provide at-risk individuals with educational programming.

Application Deadline: Apr 22, 2019
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) Program Inactive

Funds new full-service community schools (FSCS) programs or further development to existing programs, which includes support for planning, implementation, operation, and coordination for programs in high poverty urban and rural areas. FSCS programs provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students' family members, and community members that are designed to improve education outcomes for children.

Letter of Intent (Optional): Mar 18, 2019
Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2019
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Opioid Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants (Opioid DLT) Inactive

Funds telecommunication projects that support distance learning and telemedicine services to increase access to education, training, and healthcare resources for students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. Emphasizes telecommunication projects that address the opioid crisis to increase local capacity in opioid use prevention, treatment, and recovery by funding activities such as harm reduction strategies, overdose prevention, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and peer recovery services.

Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2019
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) Inactive

Strengthens the delivery of community and statewide recovery support services (RSS) for people in recovery from substance misuse and addiction. Helps individuals maintain recovery and abstinence from substance use by developing and implementing peer recovery supports, such as peer mentors, recovery coaches, and recovery support specialists as well as linking them to social supports, including medical, housing, educational, and employment services. Assists communities in building recovery support networks by connecting community organizations, resources, and services that support recovery and providing public education, training, and outreach.

Application Deadline: Apr 2, 2019
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency (ANE-NPR) Program Inactive

Provides funding to support the development, enhancement, or expansion of nurse practitioner (NP) residency programs. Focuses on providing residency training opportunities that include interprofessional, team-centered, clinical, and academic training experiences. Offers employment assistance to program participants to increase access to primary care, especially in rural and underserved communities.

Application Deadline: Mar 4, 2019
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program Inactive

Supports academic clinical partnerships to train and prepare nursing school graduates to offer healthcare services to rural and underserved communities. Aims to increase access to primary medical care by funding the development and implementation of longitudinal clinical training experiences for nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and nurse midwives (NMs).

Application Deadline: Jan 8, 2019
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) Inactive

Funds to address opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUDs) by helping health centers employ evidence-based strategies, including prevention and treatment services as well as mental health services, to meet the needs of the population served by the health centers and expand access to services.

Application Deadline: Jul 16, 2018
Sponsor: Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC)
Youth Regional Treatment Centers Aftercare Pilot Project (Youth Aftercare) Inactive

Helps American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth successfully transition back into the community after completing treatment at an IHS Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC). Provides culturally-adapted aftercare and case management services in order to prevent alcohol and substance use relapse and sustain AI/AN youth in their recovery process. YRTC is an initiative of the IHS Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP).

Application Deadline: Nov 12, 2017
Sponsor: Indian Health Service (IHS)
Predoctoral Pediatric Training in General Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Inactive

Offers funding to plan, develop, and operate predoctoral pediatric training programs for general dentistry or dental hygiene students. Seeks to improve oral health outcomes by increasing the number of dental health professionals trained and willing to provide dental care to vulnerable, underserved, and rural children between the ages of 0 and 5.

Application Deadline: Jan 30, 2017
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation (Youth Treatment – Implementation) Inactive

Ensures adolescents aged 12-18 and youth aged 16-25 with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD) state-wide access to evidence-based assessments, treatment models, and recovery services. Brings together stakeholders across systems to enhance and expand services, develop policies, expand workforce, disseminate evidence-based practices (EBP), and implement financial mechanisms and other reforms to improve the coordination and efficiency of SUD treatment and recovery support systems for adolescent and youth populations in the state.

Application Deadline: Dec 20, 2016
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Targeted Capacity Expansion – Peer-to-Peer (TCE-PTP) Inactive

Supports recovery community organizations (RCOs) in expanding peer recovery support services (PRSS) to people with substance use disorder (SUD) and their family members. PRSS utilizes peer leaders, individuals who have experienced addiction and recovery, to help people with SUD stay in recovery by offering support in the areas of housing, employment, education, social connection, and abstinence from substance use. Peer leaders are involved at all levels of designing, developing, and implementing programs.

Application Deadline: Feb 16, 2016
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)