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International Medical Graduates (IMG) Career Guidance and Support Grant Program

Grant to a Minnesota Nonprofit to Help Immigrant Doctors and
Healthcare Professionals Integrate into the Healthcare System

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Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC)

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10/15/21 11:59 PM CST


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Grant to a Minnesota nonprofit organization to assist immigrant medical graduates and healthcare professionals trained in foreign countries to integrate into the state’s healthcare system. Funding is intended to support guidance services, educational and career assessment, medical English and information technology assistance, certification and licensing, and other related activities. The purpose of this program is to expand primary care access in underserved and rural communities throughout Minnesota.

The goals of this grant program are:

  • To provide support to a minimum of 60 IMGs in addressing barriers to residency and medical practice, and to assist IMGs in preparing for careers making use of their medical background.

This grant will serve immigrant international medical graduates who:

  • Were born in various countries around the world,
  • Now reside in Minnesota as US permanent residents or US Citizens, and
  • Are committed to becoming certified to provide primary care services (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB-GYN and Psychiatry) to Minnesota residents living in the rural areas or underserved areas of the state.

Grant funds for the support grant program must be used for the following services for immigrant and refugee health professionals:

  1. Educational and career assessment, navigation and guidance services, including information on training and licensing requirements for physician and non-physician health care professions;
  2. Trauma/PTSD support and life coaching to improve immigrant and refugee health professionals’ career planning success;
  3. Support in becoming proficient in medical English;
  4. Support in becoming proficient in the use of information technology, including computer skills and use of electronic health record technology;
  5. Support in becoming proficient in navigating HR processes and building knowledge of job interviews skills; and
  6. Support for immigrant international medical graduates in becoming certified by the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates; including help with preparation for required licensing examinations and financial assistance for fees.

Applicants must directly provide or arrange for the provision of the entire continuum of services listed above and document the ability to do so in their applications. Funds must be used to serve immigrant international health care professionals.

Multi-organization collaboration is encouraged but not required. For planning and support projects, collaboration with immigrants/refugees of eligible health professions is required. Successful applicants will be required to work with immigrants/refugees in Minnesota of eligible health professions, accrediting bodies, providers and provider organizations, and Minnesota Department of Health for reporting measures. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 181617

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The available funding appropriated in Fiscal Year 2022 is $150,000 with an option for an additional 12 month renew of $125,000 in the second year.

Term of Contract:

The support grant funding may cover 24 months of program services, beginning January 1, 2022, and extending through December 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that fulfill all of the following criteria:
- Are located in Minnesota.
- Have demonstrable experience working with immigrants/refugees in Minnesota.
- Have a track record providing career guidance and support in health occupations, and preferably with immigrants and refugees.
- Have experience partnering with educational and support service agencies to maximize resources.
- Have experience in collaborating with Minnesota health professionals licensing boards.
- Have an active organizational program website containing program resources, options for participants enrollment and contact links.
- Are culturally competent and understand health equity collaboration.

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to:
- Fundraising
- Taxes, except sales tax on goods and services
- Lobbyists, political contributions
- Bad debts, late payment fees, finance charges, or contingency funds
- Administrative costs not directly related to providing the above-listed services to foreign-trained health care professionals

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted online through the MDH Grants Portal website no later than October 15, 2021, 11:59 pm CST.

All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted by email or phone. All answers will be posted within three business days at Please submit questions no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time, on October 13, 2021.

Consultation and guidance in completing the application process is available upon request.

MDH anticipates notifying all applicants via email of funding decisions by November 15, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For questions or assistance, contact the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, at 651-201-3856, toll-free from Greater Minnesota at 1-800-366-5424, or at

Minnesota Department of Health
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882

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