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Empowering Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities through Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs

Grants for Self-Care Programs for Seniors and
Adults with Chronic Diseases in the US

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Administration on Aging

Deadline Date:

06/11/12 11:59 PM ET


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Grants are available to eligible organizations to expand self-management programs for individuals with chronic conditions. Priority will be given to entities that have previously been involved in evidence-based disability prevention programs to increase the viability of their programs, ensuring that they are an integral part of health and long-term services and support programs. The two goals for this opportunity are to increase the number of older and/or disabled adults with chronic conditions who complete programs to maintain or improve their health status and to strengthen and expand the existing self-management health systems.

In particular, this effort will help preserve and expand the prevention program distribution and delivery systems that were developed through previous AoA Evidence-Based Disease and Disability Prevention Program and Recovery Act CDSMP grants. This funding opportunity is supportive of the HHS Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions in bringing to scale and enhancing sustainability of evidence-based, self-management programs. It also helps to address the Healthy People 2020 objectives to increase the proportion of older adults with one or more chronic health conditions who report confidence in managing their conditions and to increase the proportion of older adults who receive Medicare benefits for Diabetes Self-Management Training.

Goal 1: Significantly increase the number of older and/or disabled adults with chronic conditions who complete evidence-based CDSME programs to maintain or improve their health status.
• Implement or continue at least one type of evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs (CDSME) program to maintain or improve the health outcomes of older and/or disabled adults with diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, depression or other chronic condition. Applicants may propose a Stanford model or another type of CDSME program that meets AoA’s highest-level evidence-based criteria. Attachment G provides AoA’s criteria, examples of programs that meet these criteria, and instructions for proposing other CDSME programs.
• Specify and meet a target number of CDSME program completers for the 3-year project period and set benchmark numbers for each budget year. It is recommended that applicants propose a 3-year target that is a significant increase over their current numbers (e.g., 150% of their Recovery Act CDSMP grant completer numbers, if applicable, or a percentage of their State’s Medicare population or older and/or disabled adults with chronic illnesses). Numbers of Medicare beneficiaries by State can be accessed at: Information about chronic disease frequency can be obtained at:
• Reach an average completion rate among participants of at least 75%. Completion is defined as attendance at 4 or more out of six sessions or 2/3 of the sessions for CDSME programs that have a different length.
• Demonstrate capacity and ability to achieve health equity among disparately affected populations. Applicants must identify and select a specific targeted population(s) including at least one low-income, minority, rural, limited English speaking or other underserved older and/or disabled population with chronic conditions and provide a rationale for this selection. Grantees are expected to coordinate with tribal entities in their jurisdiction, if applicable, and during the project period to negotiate and implement at least one written partnership agreement with a tribal entity or other agency to deliver the proposed CDSME program to the targeted underserved population(s).

Goal 2: Strengthen and expand integrated, sustainable service systems within States to provide evidence-based CDSME programs. Applicants must describe the structure they already have in place and propose how they will meet the following minimum expectations regarding an integrated, sustainable service system that can be used to systematically deliver evidence-based CDSME programs to older and/or disabled adults with chronic conditions throughout the State.

An integrated, sustainable service system is defined as a state-level approach towards providing older and/or disabled adults with easy access to evidence-based CDSME programs. A sustainable system includes:
1. State-level aging and public health leadership
2. Effective partnerships to embed CDSME programs into statewide health and long-term services and supports systems
3. Delivery infrastructure/capacity to provide programs throughout the State
4. Centralized or coordinated processes for recruitment, intake, referral, registration/enrollment
5. Quality assurance program and ongoing data systems and procedures
6. Business planning and financial sustainability

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128535

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

15 - 20

Estimated Size of Grant:

$200,000 - $575,000

Term of Contract:

Three years [Three 1-year budget periods subject to funding availability] ; Projected Start Date: September 1, 2012


  • City or township governments
  • County 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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

State Units on Aging and State Public Health departments in all U.S. states and territories.
Priority consideration will be given to:
1. The State Units on Aging and State Public Health departments within the 48 U.S. states and territories that previously received and successfully completed either an AoA Evidence-Based Disease and Disability Prevention Grant or a Recovery Act Communities Putting Prevention to Work CDSMP grant.
2. Among the 47 Recovery Act CDSMP grantees, agencies that successfully reached their CDSMP completer target goal by 3/30/12.
3. Agencies that have made substantial progress towards developing sustainable financing strategies to continue to offer CDSME programs beyond the grant period.

Pre-proposal Conference:

May 7, 2012: Open Technical Assistance Conference Call for Applicants (optional)
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern
Telephone Number: 1-888-946-7302
Participant Pass Code: 8747866#

Pre-Application Information:

Only one application will be accepted from each state or territory

This is a Cooperative Agreement grant between the AoA and the grantee, which provides for the substantial involvement and collaboration of AoA in activities that the recipient organization will complete in accordance with the provisions of the approved award. This involvement may include collaboration, participation, or intervention in the funded activities. The AoA will also be involved in developing and implementing the funded project by conducting application reviews and providing technical assistance, training, guidance, and oversight throughout the three-year project period. The AoA agrees to work cooperatively concerning the development and execution of the activities of the project as follows:

AoA is requiring applications for all announcements to be submitted electronically through The ( registration process can take several days. If your organization is not currently registered with, please begin this process immediately
• At the website, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, including the hours of operation. AoA strongly recommends that you do not wait until the application due date to begin the application process through because of the time involved to complete the registration process.
• All applicants must have a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and register in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). You should allow a minimum of five days to complete the CCR registration.
• Note: Failure to submit the correct suffix can lead to delays in identifying your organization and access to funding in the Payment Management System.

Contact Information:

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

Project Officer:
Michele Boutaugh
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration on Aging
Washington, DC 20201

Grants Management Specialist:
Heather Wiley
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration on Aging
Washington, DC 20201

For assistance with
1-800-518-4726 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

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