ARP Program Awards for Providers
Round 1 Has Closed. Round 2 Will Open Late 2023.
The first round of the AHCCCS ARP Program Award has closed. Organizations across Arizona submitted over 800 applications totaling over $200 million in project funding. From those applications, AHCCCS approved 61 projects, at least one in every county, in Arizona and will distribute almost $17 million in funding.
|County *||Total Round 1 Award Funding|
|Santa Cruz County||$743,840|
|La Paz County||$375,000|
* In many cases, awarded projects targeted more than one county; the total project award is represented in each county.
Projects receiving funding varied widely. 10 different provider types were awarded, with the majority of projects including programmatic and infrastructure enhancements. Applications were not limited to one project goal.
AHCCCS will distribute additional unused funding during a second round of awards in late 2023. When Round 2 opens, AHCCCS will share insights from the first round to help previously denied applicants update and resubmit a prior funding proposal or submit a new one. We encourage any providers who did not apply or receive funding in Round 1 to reapply. Please check this webpage and your email for updates on Round 2 when they become available.
AHCCCS is investing funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) into a $40 million award program to strengthen Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in the state. You can find more information on the ARP and Arizona’s spending plans on the AHCCCS ARP Allocations web page.
The ARP Program Awards are intended to enhance the health, safety, and member experience for individuals who receive HCBS. AHCCCS members who can directly benefit include Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) and non-ALTCS members like:
- Individuals who are elderly,
- Individuals with disabilities,
- Individuals living with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI) designation, and
- Children with behavioral health needs.
Interested HCBS providers were able to apply between April 17 and May 16, 2023 using GrantsConnect, the online application platform. AHCCCS will distribute additional unused funding during a second round of awards in late 2023.
The following providers of HCBS in Arizona were eligible to apply:
- Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinics (Provider Type 77),
- Attendant Care (Provider Type 40),
- Integrated Clinics (Provider Type IC),
- Assisted Living Centers (Provider Type 49),
- Assisted Living Homes (Provider Type 36),
- Habilitation Providers (Provider Type 39),
- Community Service Agencies (Provider Type A3),
- Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (Provider Type BC),
- Adult Foster Care (Provider Type 50),
- Home Delivered Meals (Provider Type 70),
- Adult Day Health (Provider Type 27),
- Elderly and Physical Disability (EPD) HCBS (Provider Type 81), and
- Area Agencies on Aging.
AHCCCS has created an evaluation process and criteria to support equitable distribution of eligible awards.
Interested organizations may only apply for one project.
AHCCCS hosted two webinars for eligible provider types related to this program award opportunity.
April 10, 2023
The first webinar was held on April 10 to introduce the award program and provide more details on eligibility, covered activities, and priorities for the funding.
Review the AHCCCS ARP Program Award (4/10/23).
April 19, 2023
The second webinar was held on April 19 to explain the GrantsConnect platform and instructions for applying.
Review the AHCCCS GrantsConnect Presentation. (4/19/23)
Funding may be used for any activities that improve the member experience, health, or safety of HCBS recipients in Arizona. The following goals are a particular priority:
- Increase engagement in community activities,
- Expand supportive employment and employment skills development including volunteerism,
- Support member voice and their choice to lead self-directed lives,
- Expand opportunities for social engagement and relationship building,
- Support recreation and health promotion programs that promote physical activity and nutrition,
- Expand technology that improves connectivity and telehealth,
- Create environmental/physical plant upgrades that promote health and safety,
- Increase or build transportation capacity,
- Provide access to assistive technology or service animals to support independence,
- Enhance data systems and infrastructure that serve to streamline service delivery, promote access to care or supports care coordination efforts, and
- Expand and enhance independent housing opportunities.
Funding is available for either programmatic or infrastructure projects.
Programmatic projects are projects that create new or build the capacity of existing programs, services, or activities that seek to improve member experience, health, or safety through community participation, self-advocacy, relationship building, and health promotion.
Infrastructure projects are projects that support the purchase of or improvements to equipment, connectivity access, data systems, assistive technology, vehicles or physical plant modifications that will directly impact member experience, health, or safety.
Awards under infrastructure projects exclude the purchase of structures (e.g., homes, buildings, etc.).
Award funds cannot be used for projects with on-going costs like internet fees or other long-term cost commitments unless the applicant can ensure the long-term sustainability of the award investment.
The program award funding may not supplant or replace existing state funds expended for Medicaid HCBS. Program award funding may be used to supplement, enhance, expand, or strengthen existing services.
Questions and Technical Help
For questions about the grant program, or help with GrantsConnect, email AHCCCSARPAwardsHelp@pcgus.com.