Grant Opportunities

Division of Health Sciences / Center for Nursing Grants

West Virginia Nursing Academy Grant Program

The West Virginia Center for Nursing administers a funding opportunity to help offset the cost of hosting a Junior Nursing Academy. The mission of a Junior Nursing Academy is to inspire students to pursue a professional career in nursing by exposing students to experiences and opportunities that nursing has to offer and to help establish an educational path that will lead to a professional career in nursing. A Junior Nursing Academy Program benefits may include:

  • Provide students with the knowledge required to select the correct, preparatory high school classes.
  • Expose students to an array of nursing career experiences.
  • Provide students with support and incentive to excel in their high school education.
  • Increase a student’s self-esteem and confidence.

Organizations eligible to apply for funding include hospitals, schools of nursing, or partnering organizations with sufficient support to provide the WV Nursing Academy experience. Each applicant is eligible for funding up to $5,000. All proposals must be submitted by May 1, 2022.

More information: https://wvcenterfornursing.org/nursing-academy-pipeline-program/

Behavioral Health Workforce Pipeline Funding Opportunity

Background

The Behavioral Health Initiative has a limited amount of funding to help support and sustain the behavioral health workforce in West Virginia. Pipeline programs have been effectively used in STEM and health science professions to increase their workforce by engaging students into these fields, and behavioral health is increasingly recognized as part of healthcare. West Virginia is facing a behavioral health crisis that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis has put the emergency management services in the state under strain. A more robust behavioral health workforce is needed to implement more community- based services to take the strain off of the emergency management system and to meet the behavioral health needs of children, adults and families.

Purpose

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to increase pipeline programming that helps K-12 students learn about behavioral health professions. This funding opportunity is aimed at increasing the workforce through pipeline programming. Funds will be awarded to programs aimed at helping WV middle and high school students to discover and explore behavioral health professions, with preference given to focus on social work, counseling, and psychology pathways.

Proposals must be submitted by May 4th, 2022 and all funds must be expended by September 30, 2022. See Request for Proposal for eligibility and application details.

Behavioral Health Workforce Transition Funding Opportunity

Purpose

West Virginia colleges produce hundreds of graduates with bachelor’s degrees in human services and health sciences fields, but too few go on to complete the master’s degrees required for licensure in behavioral health professions. Funding under this program can be used to pilot new or expand existing pipeline programs to support students in the transition from undergraduate to graduate programs that prepare graduates for licensure in behavioral health professions (specifically counseling, social work and psychology). West Virginia public and private 4-year institutions are eligible to apply. 

Applications submitted under this opportunity must meet the following goals:

•             Increase the enrollment in graduate degree programs preparing students for careers in behavioral health professions.

•             Increase availability of pipeline programming to support students at the undergraduate level to apply for graduate programs leading to careers in behavioral health professions.

•             Provide support to undergraduate students to increase GRE test scores for students applying to graduate programs leading to careers in behavioral health professions.

All projects must include a clear plan for sustainability beyond the initial period. Proposals must be submitted by May 4th, 2022 and all funds must be expended by September 30, 2022. See Request for Proposal for eligibility and application details.


Division of Student Affairs Grants

Campus Mental Health Grants

Purpose:  Under this competitive grant process, funds will be awarded to colleges and universities that meet the eligibility requirements. Project activities will be directed at improving student mental health on college campuses through implementation of evidence based programming and best practices addressing one or more of the areas below as recommended by the American Council on Education.

Thank you for your interest in the Campus Mental Health Grant Program. The application deadline for 2021-2022 (FY22) awards has passed. Please check back in late spring 2022 for information regarding the 2022-2023 (FY23) award cycle.


Diversity for Equity Grants

Purpose:  Under this competitive grant process, funds will be awarded to colleges and universities that meet the eligibility requirements. Projects must focus on issues related to “diversity for equity.” Diversity is conceptualized broadly and focuses on the notion of diversity for equity in educational outcomes. It encompasses the people, cultures, and climates of all institutions. We recognize the breadth of diversity in West Virginia and acknowledge that educational attainment varies across different forms of diversity. In order to celebrate and honor diversity, West Virginia must focus on delineating and closing the achievement gap.

Thank you for your interest in the Diversity for Equity Grant Program. The application deadline for 2021-2022 (FY22) awards has passed. Please check back in late spring 2022 for information regarding the 2022-2023 (FY23) award cycle.