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ARPA HCBS Employee Training and Scholarship Grant 

As a part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Section 9817, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will distribute funds to qualifying providers. Eligible providers may apply below to receive grant funds  from the Employee Training and Scholarship Grant.

Read Informational Letter (IL) 2382-MC-FFS for complete details about grant eligibility and distributions. This information is also available on our website here.

The Department will assess the amount of proposed funding along with the number of participants the project(s) would affect. Entities may submit proposals for more than $100,000, with the knowledge they may not be funded for the entire amount. Entities shuold entertain fundraising or identify other sources of funding to supplement any gaps in funding.

Project proposals that include funds from both grants must include a separate project description and etailed budget for each of the grant funds. 

By accepting these funds, the provider agrees to comply with the requirements of Section 9817 of the ARPA and to use the funds for the purpose of purpose of funding employee training and scholarships for education and training in nursing, behavioral health, and other health care fields. Grant funds must be used to cover costs related to training and education that will enhance the quality of direct services provided and/or cover the costs related to a course of study that is expected to lead to career advancement with the provider or in the HCBS field.


Terms and Conditions applicable to the funding and this application are available here. The Terms and Conditions are incorporated in this application by reference. By submitting this application and accepting funding from the State of Iowa, the provider accepts all Terms and Conditions and agrees to abide by the Terms and Conditions.

In addition to submitting this application, providers must also complete and submit the following documents:
  • Detailed Project Plan for each type of project describing how the grant funds will be used to enhance, improve, or expand the delivery of HCBS for Iowa Medicaid members and the number of Medicaid members to be impacted. The plan should aslo include th enumber of employees impacted by the grant funds.
  • Detailed Itemized Budget request for each type of project supporting the project proposal, including how the amount was calculated.
  • Sustainability Plan
  • Minority Impact Statement (MIS), see MIS section below.

The State's acceptance and funding of the provider's application constitutes a contract between the Iowa Department of Human Services and the provider consistent with the application and associated Terms and Conditions. 

If approved, payment will be made via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the account on file with the managed care organization.

Pursuant to 2008 Iowa Acts, HF 2393, Iowa Code Section 8.11, all grant applications submitted to the State of Iowa which are due beginning January 1, 2009 shall include a Minority Impact Statement (MIS). This is the state's mechanism to require grant applicants to consider the potential impact of the grant project's proposed programs or policies on minority groups.

Please choose the statement(s) that pertains to this grant application. Complete all the information requested for the chosen statement(s).

I hereby certify that the information on this form is complete and accurate, to the best of my knowledge: