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Mini-Grants Request for Proposals Update


The IMPART Alliance team would like to thank everyone who submitted a proposal for our mini-grants. We received many outstanding applications, almost 900! The selection process was highly competitive and this response is an amazing indication of the untapped great ideas that DCW employers across Michigan have. Because we received so many proposals, it has taken far longer to carefully review each one and ensure that grantees would meet all MSU, MDHHS, and federal requirements. We are so grateful for how patient everyone has been as we have launched our first ever funding cycle and learned ways in which to improve the process for next time.


We are pleased to report that twenty-six proposals have been selected and will be announced very soon! They represent organizations across the entire state and a wide range of novel approaches to recruitment and retention of DCWs. We are excited to help them get started and watch their projects evolve.


If you have not heard from us, it means that your proposal was not selected for funding at this time. However, we strongly encourage you to apply again in the fall, when we will open another round of mini-grant funding.


Your continued interest and efforts are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to your future submissions!


The IMPART Alliance Team



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What is a Direct Care Worker?



Direct Care Worker (DCW) is a general term that refers to individuals who provide essential services through behavioral health, community mental health, and long-term care systems to support older adults and individuals living with disabilities in a range of settings including private homes, group homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and community living supports settings.


They are distinguished by core assignments that generally include assisting with hands-on personal care, activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing, instrumental activities of daily living such as cooking and shopping, rehabilitation, vocational assistance, and other tasks that support an individual’s highest level of independence and quality of life.


Job titles include, but are not limited to, certified nursing assistants, home health aides, hospice aides, personal care assistants, home care workers, direct support professionals, job coaches, self-directed home care workers, and companions.



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Direct Care Workers serving Michigan residents


more Direct Care Workers needed in Michigan

8.2 M

projected Direct Care Workers job openings by 2028