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The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) 1.0: Eligibility Criteria and Application Procedures


May 11, 2017

The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program, established as a demonstration program by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, funds training programs in high-demand healthcare professions, targeting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals.1 In 2010, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a first round of 32 HPOG grants (referred to as HPOG 1.02 ) for five-year project periods to organizations in 23 states, with approximately $67 million dispersed each year through fiscal year 2015. Twenty-seven of the HPOG grantees were postsecondary educational institutions, workforce investment boards, state or local government agencies, and community-based organizations; five were Tribal organizations. In September 2015, HHS awarded a second round of five-year grants (referred to as HPOG 2.0) totaling $72 million to 32 organizations (including 5 Tribal organizations) in 21 states.