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Minority Leaders Development Program

Cooperative Agreements to USA Public and Private Nonprofit Entities to
Create a Fellowship Program for Leadership and Health Equity Training

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and Office of Minority Health (OMH)

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08/17/21 6:00 PM ET


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit entities, including organizations, governments, housing authorities, tribes, IHEs, and school districts, to create a fellowship program for leadership and health equity training. Required registrations may take as long as one month to complete. The purpose of the program is to provide training to early-career individuals to reduce health disparities and improve the health of racial and ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged populations.

OMH is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. This aligns with the OASH priority on the elimination of health disparities and HHS Strategic Plan Objective to strengthen and expand the healthcare workforce to meet America’s diverse needs.

This notice solicits applications for projects to develop and implement a fellowship program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide training in health equity issues and leadership. The Minority Leaders Development Program aims to enhance skills and competencies necessary for federal leadership service among participants through:

  1. A curriculum focused on health care policy, leadership skill-building, and cultural competencee, and aligned with core competencies (e.g. leading change, leading people, results driven, business acumen, and building coalitions) for Federal leadership; and
  2. Fellowship-related work experiences, supplemental learning opportunities, and mentorship.

The Minority Leaders Development Program will fill a gap in federal fellowship opportunities for individuals interested in working at HHS to advance health equity and address the social determinants of health through health policies, programs and practices. In addition, the Minority Leaders Development Program is expected to support efforts to promote diversity, including racial and ethnic minorities, in senior positions within HHS agencies by providing professional development and career pathway opportunities.

The Program will include a one-year federal fellowship for graduate-level students and recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, their graduate degree. 

For program expectations, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 197105

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Anticipated Number of Awards: 2-3

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Amount: $500,000 to $750,000 per budget period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Initial Budget Period Length: 12 months

The Office of Minority Health will fund awards in annual increments (budget periods) and generally for a period of performance up to two years, although they may approve shorter periods of performance.

Anticipated Start Date: September 30, 2021


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments
  • U.S. Territory or Possession

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public or private nonprofit entity located in a State (which includes one of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands) is eligible to apply for an award under this announcement. Faith-based organizations and American Indian/Alaska Native/Native American (AI/AN/NA) organizations are eligible to apply. Examples of eligible institutions include:

- State Governments
- County Governments
- City or township governments
- Special district governments
- Independent school districts
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Public Housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
- Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments)
- Nonprofits having 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Private nonprofit institutions of higher education
- U.S. territories

The Minority Leaders Development Program will include a one-year federal fellowship for graduate-level students and recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, their graduate degree.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: August 17, 2021, 6:00 PM ET.

You must submit the application electronically via unless you obtain a written exemption from this requirement in advance of the deadline from the Director. (For further details on exemption from electronic submission, see

HHS/OASH recommends that you register as early as possible in since the registration process can take up to one month.

You are strongly encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 3-5 days prior to the application closing date. Do not wait until the last day in the event you encounter technical difficulties, either on your end or with can take up to 48 hours to notify you of a successful or rejected submission. You are better off having a less-than-perfect application successfully submitted and under consideration than no application.

Applications under this announcement are subject to the requirements of Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,’’ as implemented by 45 C.F.R. part 100, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services Programs and Activities.’’ As soon as possible, you should discuss the project with the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for the State in which your organization is located. For a list of SPOCs, see Supporting Documents below.

You are required to provide a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when applying for Federal awards through In addition, your organization must register online in the System for Award Management (SAM). will reject submissions from applicants with nonexistent or expired SAM Registrations. It may take 24 hours or more for SAM updates to take effect in, so if you plan to apply for this funding opportunity or think you might apply, you should ensure your organization’s registration is active in SAM well before the application deadline and will be active through the competitive review period.

OMH encourages applicants to partner with Minority Serving Institutions for Minority Leaders Development Program fellow recruitment. (Find a list of Minority Serving Institutions in Supporting Documents below.)

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For information related to administrative and budgetary requirements, contact the HHS/OASH grants management specialist:
Duane Barlow
Grants and Acquisitions Management
1101 Wootton Parkway, Plaza Level
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 240-453-8822

For information on program requirements, please contact the program office representative:
Felix Lorenzo
1101 Wootton Parkway, Plaza Level
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 240-453-6193

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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