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National Adult Protective Services Training Center

Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, Tribe, Hospital,
or IHE to Establish a Training Center to Serve Vulnerable Residents

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - Administration on Aging (AoA)

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Cooperative agreement to a USA or Territories nonprofit organization, agency, tribe, faith-based or community-based organization, hospital, or IHE to establish a training center to serve elderly residents and residents with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to collect, develop, curate, and make widely available e-training for APS workers and administrators to improve and enhance their capacity to serve clients impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This activity will be carried out through the establishment of the National APS Training Center (NATC).

Workforce development initiatives in the field of adult protective services are critical. A lack of adequate training resources and investment was identified as early as 2002. A March 2011 GAO Report observed that caseloads of adult maltreatment continue to grow, and to grow in complexity, and that program officials have stated it is difficult to maintain adequate staffing levels and training. The GAO Report also noted that APS program funding has not kept pace with program needs, and when overall state funding decreases, training is often the first area to be reduced or eliminated. The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) received seed funding from AOA in FFY 2005 (under Grant No. 90-AM-2792) to begin development of a "train the trainer" model for APS programs and two initial content modules. NAPSA later worked with additional funders to develop a full complement of 23 "Core Competency" modules that identify a minimum set of knowledge and skills for APS workers. However, the consensus opinion of APS workers, administrators, and researchers, as reported to ACL in 2016 and 2020, was that the investment and availability of training for APS programs remained at insufficient levels notwithstanding prior efforts, and a 2021 study by Liu & Ross concluded that states should consider how they can increase their ability to provide training to their APS staff.

In June 2020, ACL's National APS Technical Assistance Resource Center conducted a study of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on APS programs. Among the program and administration challenges identified by APS programs were:

  • APS worker physical, health, and mental health safety and well-being
  • Observation and assessment of clients without being able to make face-to-face visits
  • Lack of plans and training for responding to a public health emergency (versus natural disaster)
  • How to efficiently work remotely, often without equipment, infrastructure, or management practices to support remote work
  • Supporting and interfacing with other community-based organizations in serving APS clients when their resources and capacity were equally hindered.

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GrantWatch ID#: 195589

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $ 1,500,000 Per Budget Period
- Award Floor: $ 1,250,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

24-month project period with two 12-month budget periods

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Domestic public or private non-profit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education.

Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Funding Restrictions can be found at page 22 of the NOFO. See Attached Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Call:
April 21, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Dial In:
+1-415-527-5035 US Toll
Access code: 199 562 2820

Pre-Application Information:

- Due Date for Applications: 06/01/2021
- Date for Informational Conference Call: 04/21/2021
- The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2021

Applications that fail to meet the application due date will not be reviewed and will receive no further consideration. 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 submission.

All applicants must have a DUNS number ( and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award. Effective June 11, 2018, when registering or renewing your registration, you must submit a notarized letter appointing the authorized Entity Administrator. Please be sure to read the FAQs located at to learn more. Applicants should allot sufficient time prior to the application deadline to finalize a new, or renew an existing registration. This action should allow you time to resolve any issues that may arise. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in your inability to submit your application or receive an award. Maintain documentation (with dates) of your efforts to register or renew at least two weeks before the deadline.

Under this ACL program, ACL will fund no more than 75% of the project’s total cost, which means the applicant must cover at least 25% of the project’s total cost with non-federal resources. In other words, for every three (3) dollars received in federal funding, the applicant must contribute at least one (1) dollar in non-federal resources toward the project’s total cost. This “three-to-one” ratio is reflected in the formula included under Item 18 in the “Instructions for Completing Requested Forms.” You can use this formula to calculate your minimum required match. A common error applicants make is to match 25% of the federal share, rather than 25% of the project’s total cost.

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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.

Letters of intent should be sent to:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services
Aiesha Gurley Parry

Contact person regarding this Program Announcement:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Stephanie Whittier Eliason
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services
Phone Number: (202) 795-7467

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