Department of Labor Nursing Expansion Grant

Department of Labor Nursing Expansion Grant

About the Grant

Elliot Health System is proud to have received a Federal Grant from the Department of Labor to support this project in collaboration with multiple state and community partners. Collectively, our goal is to create opportunities for individuals from diverse, underrepresented, and underserved backgrounds to either join or advance their career in the nursing workforce. The Nursing Expansion Grant is being implemented by the Granite State Partners Program.

What is Granite State P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.? 

Granite State P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S - (People Aligning Resources Towards Nursing Expansion and Retention Strategies) is a statewide project designed to tackle the staffing shortage and strengthen the future of health care in New Hampshire. 

We will be accepting applications beginning July 1, 2024

Why Should I Apply?

Education & Training

Access a range of support services including educational opportunities, career development guidance, financial aid, and mentoring to propel your nursing career forward.

Financial Assistance

Participants may be eligible to receive funding and support services that include:

  • Scholarships for tuition for various nursing pathways: LNA, LPN, ASN, RN, BSN
  • Support services based on individual need.
  • Access to free career advising and coaching services

Who Can Apply?

  • Individuals who are age 17 or older and have completed secondary school or have dropped out of secondary school.
  • Individuals who or are not currently enrolled in a nursing program
  • All participants served must be unemployed, underemployed, or an incumbent worker
  • Unemployed workers: An unemployed worker is an individual who is without a job and is available to work.
  • Underemployed workers: This term refers to individuals who are not currently connected to a full-time job that corresponds with the individual’s level of education, skills, or wage and/or salary earned previously. For example, a highly skilled and educated individual working in lower-skill, lower-paying job (an individual with an engineering degree working as a pizza delivery man as the main source of income).
  • Incumbent workers: Currently employed LNAs or LPNs who want to advance to an RN or other higher position. Other full-time workers not in the healthcare field who want to transition into a nurse or nurse educator career.

Applicants will be required to summit at least one reference, and proof of need/benefit from participating in the program.


About Our Grant Partners

Elliot Health System is the largest provider of comprehensive healthcare services in southern New Hampshire. Its flagship service, Elliot Hospital, is a not-for-profit, 296-bed acute care facility located in Manchester, New Hampshire. Established in 1890, Elliot Health System offers southern New Hampshire communities caring, compassionate and professional patient service regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual preference, or ability to pay.

Elliot Health System is also home to Manchester’s designated Level II Regional Trauma Center, several urgent care centers and outpatient facilities, the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in southern New Hampshire, Elliot Physician Network, Elliot Specialists, the Solinsky Center for Cancer Care, Elliot Senior Health Center, Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire, Elliot 1-Day Surgery Center, Elliot at River’s Edge, Elliot Pediatrics and the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation.

We are a DNV-accredited organization that prides itself on providing a wide array of top-quality services provided by a team of healthcare experts. We encourage you to make The Elliot your first choice to give and receive care.

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Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, with 188 beds, serves close to 100,000 patients each year. A Magnet® Hospital since 2006, the Medical Center is recognized for nursing excellence. We have also earned hospital accreditation from DNV GL Healthcare, the only hospital accreditation program approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Our medical staff includes nearly 500 primary and specialty care providers from Foundation Medical Partners, Mass General, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua, and local independent practices.

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The mission of Southern NH Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is to develop, promote, and coordinate community and academic multi-disciplinary partnerships for health professions education. We focus on under-served communities and provide education for students, practicing health professionals, and members of southern New Hampshire communities. We are accredited providers of continuing education, offer health career awareness programs, and create opportunities to build the health care workforce through pipeline programs.  Our Center for Cultural Effectiveness houses the Equity Leaders Fellowship, Medical and Legal Interpretation and Community Health Worker Training programs, cultural competency training for individuals, and also training and technical assistance opportunities to implement the Culturally Effective Organizations Framework. Our commitment to equity spans decades.

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The Office of Workforce Opportunity (OWO) within the Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) serves as the state level administrative entity for all WIOA Title I Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth funds flowing to New Hampshire from the US Department of Labor (USDOL). BEA is the state entity fiscal agent and the official grant recipient of WIOA Title I funds.

As a single state service delivery area, New Hampshire has developed a highly aligned governance and administrative structure that sets policy direction and performance goals and provides oversight to hold the workforce development system fully accountable. The State Workforce Innovation Board (SWIB) serves as the advisory body for the development, update, and evaluation of the planning process to ensure that workforce development programs remain fully responsive to New Hampshire’s economic development and labor market needs. State agencies work in a coordinated manner to oversee the implementation of a host of specific workforce development programs. Local agencies (or local administrative arms of state agencies) are responsible for managing programs and providing services to customers.

OWO staff serve as staff to the SWIB, assisting the board in carrying out the vision, mission and goals as established for the one-stop service delivery system known as NH Works.

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The Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC) is a non-profit organization that builds healthier communities for all by leading partnerships, fostering collaboration, and creating innovative solutions to advance health and health care.

Services include but are not limited to addressing behavioral health, fostering collaboration for Integrated Disaster Response, assisting with health insurance navigation, informing health care decisions, collaborating on hospital community investment reporting, inspiring patient and family engagement, improving patient safety and quality of care, strengthening rural health care systems, enhancing access to substance use disorder treatment, advancing total population health and addressing New Hampshire’s health care workforce shortage.

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Hospitals have been collaborating through the New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) since 1934. The Association's mission is to provide leadership through advocacy, education, and information in support of its member hospitals and health care delivery systems as they strive to improve the health of the patients and communities they serve.

The New Hampshire Hospital Association is the leading voice for hospitals and health care delivery systems throughout the state, representing the interests of acute care and specialty hospitals on legislative and regulatory issues at a state and national level. The Association works with community partners, business leaders and state and federal stakeholders to preserve the economic and regulatory climates that support clinical excellence, health care transformation and the delivery of affordable health care.

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For more than 100 years, the International Institute of New England (IINE) has created opportunities for refugees and immigrants to succeed through resettlement, education, career advancement and pathways to citizenship. With locations in Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire, IINE serves thousands of individuals and families annually, including people displaced by political instability, violence and climate crises; survivors of human trafficking; and unaccompanied children joining family members in New England.

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Franklin Pierce University is a small private not-for-profit educational institution with NH locations in Rindge, Lebanon, and Manchester in addition to locations in Goodyear, AZ, and Round Rock, TX.  The School of Nursing is located at the Manchester Campus and offers several nursing programs including the RN to BSN, MSN, and MSN/MBA programs all of which are offered online.  The School of Nursing also offers an accelerated hybrid Master's Entry to Practice Nursing Program for individuals with a non-nursing bachelor's degree who are interested in becoming a nurse.  All programs are designed for adult learners and feature a supportive and respectful learning environment.  The University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and the nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and approved by the NH Board of Nursing.

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For more than 60 years, The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (MHCGM) has offered a comprehensive system of care that has provided exceptional evidence-based practices to ensure that people of all ages have access to behavioral healthcare. MHCGM is the largest outpatient behavioral healthcare provider in the state of New Hampshire, serving nearly 11,000 children, teens and adults each year, and partners with many community organizations to provide services in schools, hospitals, and more. MHCGM operates over 30 specialized programs some of which include; Bedford Counseling Services, North End Counseling, The Cypress Center, InShape, ProHealth Integrated Care and Child & Adolescent Services. MHCGM also offers Medication Services, Medication Assisted Recovery (MAR), Supported Employment, Emergency and Interim Care Services and employs a Rapid Response Team that serves the community on a 24/7 basis. MHCGM is an agency that values research and development, and recently added Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as an alternative treatment for major depressive disorder to its suite of services. All of the programs and services offered at MHCGM are aimed at restoring health and improving quality of life.

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester is affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School and employs nearly 500.  Designated as the CMHC for Region VII (Greater Manchester) by the NH Bureau of Behavioral Health, MCHGM provides a broad range of services to treat all levels of care including those diagnosed with serious and/or persistent mental illness. MHCGM has earned an international reputation as a center of excellence that has offered consultation to numerous providers from at least 33 other states and 10 foreign countries.

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Catholic Medical Center (CMC) is a nonprofit, acute-care hospital and regional health system based in Manchester, New Hampshire, with a commitment to delivering the highest quality and most advanced healthcare to patients across the state. CMC is one of New Hampshire’s largest health systems, licensed for 330-beds, with an affiliated medical staff of over 400 providers and more than 3,000 employees. We serve more than 180,000 patients each year, offering a wide variety of healthcare services in a highly technical and mission-oriented environment. CMC is the home of the nationally-renowned New England Heart & Vascular Institute, rated among the top cardiovascular programs in the country.

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Since 2009, BCNH has helped refugees and other immigrants navigate their way to safe, healthy, productive, prosperous, and connected lives in New Hampshire.

Our staff serves refugees from around the world from our offices in Manchester and Nashua.  Our case managers came as refugees from Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.

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Network4Health represents 40 healthcare, behavioral health, and community-based organizations across 18 cities and towns surrounding greater Manchester, NH.

As a neutral convener, our aim is to:

  • Build the pipeline of workers into roles of critical need across our region
  • Increase competence and confidence of workforce through professional development so that they can provide the highest quality, compassionate, and culturally competent care.
  • Invest in training and education opportunities to promote career advancement
  • Promote retention strategies as a key part of growing the healthcare, behavioral health, and human services workforce in our region. 

We support:

  • Training and professional development
  • Building career pathways
  •  Promoting educational pathways
  •  Continuing work around diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as mental health awareness
  • Maintaining the interconnectedness of our network

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New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES) operates 12 NHWorks offices located throughout the state where individuals can obtain free assistance connecting with employers, attending recruitment events and job fairs, working on a resume or polishing up interview skills. In addition, the department administers many training assistance programs helping individuals afford the training needed to gain entry into careers that can create multi-generational change. The department also administers the state’s unemployment compensation program and houses and publishes labor market information.

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The New Hampshire Nurses' Association is a not-for-profit membership association and the ONLY state organization that advocates for all nurses regardless of specialty or practice setting. Since its founding in 1906 by six forward-thinking nurses, NHNA has represented the nursing profession in N.H. through legislation, political action and professional development. We are a Constituent and State Nurses Association (C/SNA) of the American Nurses' Association (ANA).

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HealthForce NH, an initiative of the Foundation for Healthy Communities, takes a broad, systemic approach to helping NH grow, retain, and sustain a skilled health care workforce, leveraging their cross-sector position and offering leadership to the field while convening partners to cultivate resources, amplify existing efforts, and monitor the health care landscape. HealthForce does this work with a shared goal of creating an environment where current and future members of the health care workforce can flourish.

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The Center for Life Management (CLM) is a non-profit community mental health organization that has been serving the people and communities of Southern New Hampshire for more than 55 years. CLM provides innovative programs and evidence-based mental health services including in-office, community-based and telehealth care. Services include diagnostic assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, home and community-based counseling services, medication evaluation and monitoring, case management and family support as well as 24/7 acute care and crisis intervention including mobile crisis response. CLM also offers specialized services in the areas of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment for depression, Collaborative Care service coordination and treatment for individuals with mental health needs and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Brain Injuries, and/or Autism; Supported Housing and Homeless Outreach and Integrated Care onsite primary health care addressing medical and physical health, chronic disease prevention and management.

CLM provides services to individuals across the lifespan who experience mild to severe mental, emotional, behavioral, and/or intellectual and developmental health issues. Working closely with local and regional health and human service providers to ensure that client care is fully integrated, comprehensive, and community-based.

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Families in Transition provides safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Programs and services are designed to ensure that people have the seamless support they need to find and maintain long-term stability. Our goal is to partner with individuals and serve as a single hub they can utilize wherever they are in their journey to exiting homelessness. Families in Transition operates several social services centers in Manchester, NH, including an adult emergency center (199 Manchester St.), a family emergency shelter (177 Lake Ave), a food pantry (176 Lake Ave), the Willows Substance Use Treatment Center (293 Wilson St.), and offers multiple supportive or affordable housing options. 

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The Upper Room is a non-profit Family Resource Center, committed to the development of strong individuals and families in Southern New Hampshire and beyond. The Upper Room employs a team of dedicated professionals who are actively working to improve the family life of the citizens of Derry and surrounding communities.

Serving individuals, families and our community through our mission, The Upper Room improves the lives of families and children by strengthening them through education, services and resources needed to live healthy, self-sufficient lives.

Contact: (603) 437-8477

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Part of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH), Manchester Community College (MCC) is a fully accredited public non-profit community college offering more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs. Additionally, MCC’s Workforce Development Center offers more than 60 shorter-term and apprenticeship programs. Educational areas include: art and design, advanced manufacturing, automotive technology, business, construction technologies, education, healthcare, and liberal arts. Whether you’re just out of high school, changing your career, re-starting an education plan you began years ago, or just taking a course, MCC has a place for you! With affordable tuition, quality education, and flexible schedules to meet the needs of working students, we’re ready to help you achieve your educational goals.

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ApprenticeshipNH is a workforce training program of the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) that aims to promote high-quality Registered Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs in various leading industries throughout the state. The program is funded by U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration grants, and it offers technical assistance to employers in creating such programs. The program uses regional ApprenticeshipNH Hubs to build a sustainable infrastructure for Pre-apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs.  The Northern Hub, Western Hub, East-Central Hub, and Southern Hub is composed of partnerships among industry, community organizations, education, and state agencies that align with the geographic locations of the seven NH community colleges.  As an intermediary between the U.S. DOL and high schools, State agencies, and higher education partners, AppNH can provide ongoing support to employers and registered apprentices as well as coordinates pre-apprenticeship opportunities with employers and high schools.

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The total funding of the Granite State PARTNERS Nursing Expansion Project is $3.75M with 80% funded through a U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training, Nursing Expansion Grant ($3M). Additional support of 20% is provided by non-Governmental resources.