This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Maternity Care Nursing Workforce Expansion (MatCare) Program. The purpose of the MatCare Program is to support accredited nurse midwifery programs to train nurse midwives through trainee scholarships, stipends, curriculum enhancement, and community-based training. The program seeks to grow and diversify the maternal and perinatal health nursing workforce through support for education and training in rural and underserved communities. Program Goals 1. Increase the number of Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) and diversify the maternal and perinatal health nursing workforce 2. Enhance maternal health training to better address maternal mental health, maternal mortality, and morbidity risk factors 3. Strengthen community-based training partnerships
Eligible applicants include accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities determined appropriate by the Secretary, such as HRSA supported health centers or Rural Health Clinics.
Eligible applicants located in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau, may apply for these funds. Domestic community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply, if otherwise eligible.
Under an academic-clinical partnership, either partner may apply under this NOFO, provided the applicant is an eligible entity. Only one of the partners may apply and be awarded.
Individuals and for-profit entities are not eligible applicants under this NOFO.