Key Takeaways

  • Current Benefits Enrollment Centers are invited to rebid on grants to sustain their BEC work.

  • The deadline for sustainability BEC grant applications is July 1, 2021.

NCOA's Center for Benefits Access will provide grants for a 24-month period (October 1, 2021 to September 29, 2023) to Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) currently funded through September 30, 2021.

Sustainability grants are only available to current BECs. Applicants previously funded by NCOA as a BEC grantee, but not in the 2020-2021 term, as well as new applicants must apply as a new BEC.

This funding is intended to focus on sustaining the impact of the BEC model beyond the current grant cycle, which includes maintaining effective benefits outreach and enrollment strategies. NCOA welcomes creative proposals for the use of these grants if it achieves the goal of promoting a lasting impact for the BEC.

How to apply

Grants of up to $120,000 each will be awarded to selected organizations. Please refer to the Request for Proposals (RFP) below for application instructions, selection criteria, and the full timeline of the application process.

Applicants are required to submit a simple letter of intent beginning Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 9 a.m. ET.  A link to complete the application will be sent to those who submit a letter. Those who do not submit a letter of intent by the deadline but would like to apply must still submit a letter of intent in order to receive the application guidance. Proposals are due by 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Informational webinars

NCOA is hosting two information sessions to provide guidance on applying for the BEC grant, and answer questions from potential applicants. Both events will be recorded and links posted to this page. (Note: These events will cover both new BEC grant application process, and the sustainability applications, with an emphasis on the former.)

  • Session 1: Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 2 pm ET - Scroll down to watch a recording of this webinar
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 2 pm ET: Download the webinar slides or watch the recording below

About this grant opportunity

NCOA is able to provide this BEC grant funding announcement through our MIPPA Resource Center award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL). Successful grantees will be required to abide by all HHS grant guidelines outlining appropriate use and restriction of use of federal funds.


Please see below for frequently asked questions regarding this proposal process.

For additional questions about this BEC sustainability grant announcement, please contact your regional project officer at NCOA or email