HHS – Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreements Focused on Increasing Enrollment of AI/AN Children (Round III) (2017)

Applications Due: January 17, 2017, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time


The Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreements grant program will support innovative outreach strategies aimed at increasing the enrollment and retention of eligible AI/AN children in Medicaid and CHIP, emphasizing activities tailored to communities where AI/AN children and families reside and enlisting tribal and other community leaders and tribal health and social services programs that serve eligible AI/AN children and families. Engagement with the tribal community is important because many AI/AN families are sometimes reluctant to enroll in Medicaid and CHIP because they can receive health care directly from their local tribal hospitals and clinics. However, when AI/AN families enroll in Medicaid and CHIP, the entire tribal community benefits because the revenues from Medicaid and CHIP bring additional resources for other patients who are uninsured and allows their local hospital and clinic to hire more doctors and nurses.

These grants will also fund activities designed to help families understand new application procedures and health coverage opportunities in Medicaid and CHIP. All funded projects should incorporate both initial application and renewal assistance into their proposed activities. Based on past experiences of successful enrollment of AI/AN families, providing direct help, such as face to face assistance to families seeking to enroll their children in health coverage or linking families with groups or individuals in the community who are trained to provide such application assistance has proved effective. In addition, research shows enrolling parents in coverage makes it more likely that their children will enroll. Thus, activities that include reaching out to parents and grandparents in tribal communities to inform them of their own eligibility can be viewed as an important strategy for enrolling children, as well.

Agency Name: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Funding Title:  Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreements

Funding Opportunity Number:  CMS-1Z0-17-001

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement

Express Language for Legal Aid:   No

Target Population: American Indian/Alaska Native children

Expected Number of Awards: 12

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

How to Apply:
Applicants are required by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to submit their applications in the form of a complete electronic application package, including all required forms, to http://www.grants.gov. Applicants will be able to download a copy of the application packet, complete it off-line, and then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov website. You must search the downloadable application page by CFDA number 93.767.

Letter of Intent Due: (optional) December 14, 2016

Full Application Due: January 17, 2017

Length of Project Period: 24 months

Estimated Total Program Funding:  $4,000,000

Award Ceiling: $500,000

Award Floor:  $250,000

Eligible Applicants:   

This cooperative agreement opportunity is open to the following individual eligible entities or coalitions headed by eligible entities:

  • Indian Health Services Providers;
  • Tribes and Tribal organizations operating a health program under the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) (P.L. 93- 638, as amended); and
  • Urban Indian organizations receiving funding under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) (P.L. 94-437, as amended).

Proposals from coalitions must identify the coalition organizations, the roles and responsibilities of each member organization and the strength of each group in this partnership. Proposals must designate a lead agency/organization for this grant. The application proposals from coalitions will be considered on their merits in the same manner as individual applicant proposals.

Application Resources

  • Access application here
  • Access application instructions here
  • Access fact sheet summarizing the funding opportunity here
  • Access additional information here


Contact Information:
Please send questions to: CMS_TA@grantreview.org




Categories: Children, Department of Health and Human Services, Health, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Native Americans, Subgrant Possibilities

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