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Grants to California Educational Institutions to Expand Social Work Programs

Social Work Education Capacity Expansion (SWECE) Grant Program

California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #205431

Grant Description

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Grants to California educational institutions to expand social work programs. Funding is intended to support the establishment of new Bachelor of Arts and Master's degrees and to expand existing Master's degree programs. The goal of the program is to help train MSW and BASW students to work in underserved communities.

The purpose of the SWECE Grant Program is to fund institutions and organizations to increase the number of Social Workers serving in California, especially children and youth. This program offers funding for expanding capacity for an existing Master of Social Work (MSW) program, establishing a new Master of Social Work (MSW) program, and establishing a new Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) program.

This Grant Guide will result in funding organizations to train MSW and BASW students to work in underserved communities, including, but not limited to:

  1. Adding MSW student slots to an existing MSW program or creating a new program for BASW and/or MSW students.
  2. Recruiting culturally and linguistically diverse BASW and MSW students that reflect the socio-demographic and other characteristics of underserved communities.
  3. Providing education and training in how to deliver culturally competent and linguistically appropriate behavioral health care.
  4. Increasing the number of hours BASW and MSW students train in underserved communities, focused on delivering services to children and youth through age 25 and their caregivers, as well as others at risk of chronic behavioral health conditions.
  5. Modifying or augmenting curriculum as necessary to incorporate SWECE guiding principles:
    1. Work in multidisciplinary teams that include primary care physicians, family nurse practitioners, and other health care workers with unserved and/or underserved populations in underserved communities, including children and youth involved in justice, child welfare, and/or special education systems.
    2. Are trained to provide services in a culturally competent and sensitive manner.
    3. Are trained in the values of wellness, recovery, and resilience, to include the role of self-help, recovery, and empowerment support.
    4. Are trained in assisting children and youth through age 25 and family members to access public benefits, work incentive provisions, and transition from a public to a private benefit system, as well as educational systems.
    5. Are trained to work in and foster a consumer and family member driven system of care.
    6. Are trained to provide integrated primary and behavioral health services, including: Assessment, Diagnosis, Outcome identification, Individualized planning, and Coordination of care
  6. Supporting MSW students to seek clinical licensure.
  7. Encouraging BASW and MSW graduates to work in organizations that serve underserved communities after completing educational requirements and receiving national certification.
  8. Enabling BASW and MSW students to train in settings in which public behavioral health services are provided. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant opportunity will result in grant agreement(s) with educational institutions to develop new Bachelor of Art in Social Work (BASW) and/or Master of Social Work (MSW) programs as well as to expand MSW programs that educate and prepare additional MSW students.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar-Social Work Education Capacity Expansion

An informational webinar is scheduled for 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on September 8, 2022, to highlight organizational opportunities for social work academic programs. This webinar will include information regarding eligibility and how to apply.


Pre-Application Information:

Key Events Dates and Times:
- Application opens: August 29, 2022, at 3:00 p.m.
- Technical Assistance Webinar: September 8, at 11:00 a.m.
- Application closes: November 29, 2022, at 3:00 p.m.
- Notice sent to awardees December 29, 2022

Grant terms:
- New MSW Programs February 27, 2023 - June 30, 2025
- MSW Expansion Programs February 27, 2023 - June 30, 2027

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

New BASW and/or MSW Programs:
Eligible programs may receive an award up to $1,500,000.

Expand existing MSW Programs:
Eligible programs may receive $120,000 per filled first year position, with a maximum of 25 admissions.

Term of Contract:

Grantees will enter into grant agreements expiring on June 30, 2027, or earlier.

Grant terms:
- New MSW Programs: Proposed term date: January 27, 2023 - June 30, 2025
- MSW Expansion Programs: Proposed term date: January 27, 2023 - June 30, 2027

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