Navigator Grants for OE3 Announced

Today, CMS released the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for a new round of navigator grants. As noted in my blog earlier this week, these grants will be awarded for a period of three years unlike annual awards in the prior two grant rounds. A total of $67 million will be awarded in the first year, up from $60 million in the last grant round. The opportunity is available in the 34 states that use the federal marketplace (FFM), including states that run state partnership marketplaces (SPM). It does not include the three states (OR, NV, NM) that are considered state-supported marketplaces, which rely on and the federal marketplace call center for eligibility and enrollment.

The 2015 FOA places a greater emphasis on re-enrollment activities and consumers enrolled in coverage through the Marketplace. Applicants are encouraged to explain how they will assist newly applicants and persons seeking to re-enroll in coverage through Marketplaces, including assisting with plan selection. This FOA also places a greater emphasis on working with underserved populations. This year applicants are encouraged to demonstrate a focus on rural, underserved, vulnerable, or special needs populations or communities, and a commitment to serve these populations or communities.

Key Dates:

At least $600,000 in total cooperative agreement funds will be available for each FFM (including SPM) service area. Small entities and individuals proposing to serve smaller, hard-to-reach or underserved populations are encouraged to apply, particularly by partnering with other entities and/or individuals to form a consortium which serves a larger total portion of the population.

To see the FOA for the Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces go to and search for CFDA 93.332.

Applicants should keep in mind, that review of the applications includes making sure that the proposals dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s. So do follow the instructions carefully so that you don’t lose points for minor mistakes. And good luck!

Tricia Brooks
Tricia Brooks is a Research Professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families