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OMH Invites Applications for Bilingual/Bicultural Demonstration Grants

Approximately $2.3 million is available for new, competitive grants under OMH's Bilingual/Bicultural Demonstration Grant Program (“Bilingual/Bicultural Program”).

Applications are due July 30.


Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Minority Health, HHS

Office of Minority Health Bilingual/Bicultural Demonstration Grant Program

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) announces the availability of FY 2007 funding for the Office of Minority Health Bilingual/Bicultural Demonstration Grant Program ("Bilingual/Bicultural Program").

The Bilingual/Bicultural Program was developed in response to a congressional mandate to develop the capacity of health care professionals to address the cultural and linguistic barriers to health delivery and increase access to health care for limited English-proficient (LEP) populations, particularly those who are racial ethnic minorities. The Bilingual/Bicultural Program is designed to support OMH’s National Partnership for Action.

In FY 2007, The Bilingual/Bicultural Program will support partnerships between community-based, minority serving organizations and health care facilities in addressing: cultural and linguistic barriers to effective health care service delivery; and access to quality and comprehensive health care for LEP populations, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, living in the United States.

It is intended that the Bilingual/Bicultural Program will result in: Increased patient knowledge on how best to access care and engagement in a continuum of care; increased client/patient and health provider knowledge on health disparities, and culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services; and/or increased utilization of preventive health care and treatment services.

Applicants must identify anticipated project results that are consistent with the overall purpose of The Bilingual/Bicultural Program and OMH expectations. Project results should target three of the five general categories:

  • Strengthening leadership at all levels for addressing health disparities;
  • Improving patient-provider interaction;
  • Improving cultural and linguistic competency; and
  • Improving coordination and utilization of research and outcome evaluations.

Activities and interventions implemented under the Bilingual/Bicultural Program may target 1 but no more than 3 of the following ten (10) priority health areas:

  • Adult Immunization
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease and Stoke
  • Hepatitis B
  • HIV
  • Infant Mortality
  • Mental Health
  • Obesity and Overweight

The outcomes of these projects will be used to develop other national efforts to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations.


Estimated Funds Available for Competition: $2,300,000 in FY 2007
Anticipated Number of Awards: 12 to 15
Range of Awards: $150,000 to $175,000 per year
Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2007
Period of Performance: 3 Years (September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2010)
Budget Period Length: 12 months
Type of Award: Grant
Type of Application Accepted: New, Competing Continuation

Application Deadline: July 30, 2007

Information on eligible applicants, project requirements, health areas to be addressed and other important topics are outlined in the Federal Register notice.

  • Federal Register Notice: [PDF adobe acrobat file]

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Application kits may be obtained electronically by accessing at or GrantSolutions at

To obtain a hard copy of the application kit for this program or for further information, please contact WilDon Solutions, Office of Grants Management Operations Center, 1515 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor Suite 310, Arlington, VA 22109 at 1 (888) 203-6161. Applicants may also fax a written request to WilDon Solutions at (703) 351-1138 or e-mail the request to


For questions related to the Community Programs to Improve Minority Health or assistance in preparing a grant proposal, contact Ms. Sonsiere Cobb-Souza, Director, Division of Program Operations, Office of Minority Health, Tower Building, Suite 600, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, MD 20852. Ms. Cobb-Souza can be reached by telephone at (240) 453—8444; or by e-mail at

For additional technical assistance, contact the OMH Regional Minority Health Consultant for your region, which is listed in your grant application kit.

For health information, call the OMH Resource Center (OMHRC) at 1 (800) 444-6472.

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