Healthcare Workers Recruitment and Re-engagement Fund

A Request for Applications (RFA) is used to award grants to promote specific program goals. An organization (in this case, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) announces that grant funding is available, and eligible organizations may apply for it. The purpose of this CDPHE RFA is to incentivize and assist employers in the recruitment of different licensed healthcare professionals to employment in long-term care facilities (LTCF), facilities with a Healthcare Professional Shortage Area Designation, and pediatric-serving hospitals. If a facility successfully recruits a licensed professional who has left the healthcare industry and will work 20 hours per week or more on average for a minimum of six months, the facility is eligible to receive a one-time payment of $20,000 per professional re-engaged.


Organizations that may apply for funding are:

  1. Long-term care facilities, i.e. nursing homes, nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, or health facilities that are planned, organized, operated, and maintained to provide supportive, restorative, and preventative services to persons who, due to physical and/or mental disability, require continuous or regular inpatient care.
  2. Facilities that hold an official federal designation as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).
  3. Hospitals that serve the pediatric population.

In order to receive grant funding, a facility that is eligible based on the above criteria must hire a healthcare professional who is not currently working, but has an active license or reinstates their license and will work for the facility an average of 20 hours per week. The healthcare professional must attest that they will work for the facility a minimum of six months and that they have previously left the healthcare industry for a minimum of six months.

The Healthcare Workforce Recruitment and Re-engagement Fund incentivizes creative retention ideas. These may include signing bonuses, child care and transportation stipends, tuition reimbursements, and employee health and wellness programs. A full list of suggestions can be found in our Allowables Roadmap

This program has $10,000,000 available for this RFA, and CDPHE anticipates awarding grants until the funds are exhausted. No facility will be eligible to receive more than $240,000 in total. Each contract will be effective upon approval by the State Controller through June 30, 2025. All aspects of the project are dependent upon funding availability.


The following licenses are eligible: 

  • APN - Advanced Practice Nurses
  • C-APN - Compact Advanced Practice Authority
  • CDR - Compact Physician 
  • CDRH - Compact Physician
  • CNA - Certified Nurses Aid
  • C-IV - Compact Intravenous Certification 
  • DD - Psychiatric technician - Developmentally disabled
  • DEN - Dentist 
  • DH - Dental Hygienist  
  • DR - Physician - All statuses 
  • DRP - Pro Bono Physician 
  • IV - Intravenous Certification 
  • LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
  • LPCC - Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
  • MAA - Medication Aide Authority
  • MI - Psychiatric Technician - Mentally ill 
  • MT - Massage Therapist
  • NA - Certified Nurse Aide
  • OT - Occupational Therapist - All statuses (no fee required)   
  • OTA - Occupational Therapy Assistant - All statuses (no fee required)   
  • OTAP - Provisional Occupational Therapist Assistant - All statuses (no fee required)   
  • OTP - Provisional Occupational Therapist - All statuses (no fee required)
  • PA - Physician Assistant
  • POD - Podiatrist 
  • PN - Licensed Practical Nurse 
  • PSLP - Provisional Speech Language - Pathologist   
  • PTA - Physical Therapist Assistant 
  • PTL - Physical Therapist 
  • PTLP - Physical Therapist Provisional 
  • PSY - Licensed Psychologist
  • RN - Registered Nurse
  • RTL - Respiratory Therapist
  • RXN - Prescriptive Authority 
  • SLP - Speech Language - Pathologist
  • TPNP - Temporary Practical Nurse Permit
  • TRNP - Temporary Professional Nurse Permit

Note: This RFA does not support the following expenditures with award money: 

  • Rainy day funds and similar financial reserves.
  • Payment of interest or principal on outstanding debt instruments.
  • Fees or issuance costs associated with the issuance of new debt.
  • Satisfaction of any obligation arising under or pursuant to a settlement agreement, judgment, consent decree, or judicially confirmed debt restructuring plan in a judicial, administrative, or regulatory proceeding.
  • Rent.
  • Utilities.
  • Food.
  • Gift cards.
  • Executive bonuses.

Schedule of activities 

Schedule of activities timeline
RFA will be posted to the OEPR webpage. Nov. 17, 2022
Answers to written inquiries and any changes to the RFA
Application submission deadline
Intent to apply Due the last Friday of every month.
Request for award Due the last Friday of every month.
Proof of purchase Due within 45 days of expenditure.
Evaluation period
Intent to apply Reviewed by the 15th of every month.
Request for award Reviewed by the 15th of every month.
Proof of purchase Reviewed by the 15th of every month.
Estimated notification of award 
Intent to apply Notice of acceptance sent by the first Monday of the month following initial submission.
Request for award Notice of acceptance sent by the first Monday of the month following initial submission.
Proof of purchase Notice of acceptance sent by the last Friday of the month following initial submission.
Estimated contract effective date
(The resulting contract may be renewed for a maximum of up to four additional years, at the sole discretion of CDPHE.)
One month after submission of the Intent to Apply form.