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Grant Solicitation

Grant Solicitation

In June 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invited States and Territories to submit grant proposals for the National Background Check Program, making Federal matching funds available to those that applied to CMS and met the program requirements. The CMS has since held several more solicitations.

CMS posted a memorandum on September 29th, 2017 to their State Survey Agency Directors providing advance notice that the NBCP grant solicitation will be removed from The deadline for States to submit an application for the ninth (and final) solicitation for the NBCP is December 15th, 2017. States are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to participate. CMS has requested that States who intend to apply for the NBCP grant fill out this “Notice of Intent to Apply” form and send it to the Background Checks mailbox at by October 31, 2017.

CNA, as the technical assistance provider for the NBCP grant, can advise States on preparing a grant application. To request assistance, please email

More information about the program and the current solicitation can be found in the following documents:

  • Nationwide Program for National and State Background Checks for Direct Patient Access Employees of Long Term Care Facilities and Providers, Ninth Announcement CFDA #93.506. The grant solicitation document provides information States use to apply for funding from the National Background Check Program. (May 2013) (Download PDF)
  • Questions and Answers about the National Background Check Program for Long Term Care Facilities and Providers. The questions and answers document addresses a wide range of questions regarding the National Background Check Program. (Updated, January 2014) (Download PDF)
  • The CMS Office of Acquisition and Grant Management synopsis for the National Background Check Program grant opportunity. (Click here.)