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Request for Applications

The Tennessee Department of Health CMP Reinvestment Program opens a Request for Application process. Through this process, funded programs must showcase a variety of enhancement philosophies through current and sound evidence-based practices.

EVENT TIME (Central Time) DATE (all dates are state business dates)
RFA Issued   July 2, 2020
Pre-Proposal Teleconference 2:00 pm July 8, 2020
Written "Questions & Comments" Deadline 2:00 pm July 15, 2020
State Response to Written "Questions & Comments"   July 17, 2020
Deadline for Applications 2:00 pm July 31, 2020
Evaluation Notice of Intent Released 2:00 pm August 17, 2020
Evaluation Notice of Award Released 2:00 pm September 17, 2020
Estimated Effective Start Date of Contract   January 1, 2021
EVENT TIME (Central Time) DATE (all dates are state business dates)
RFA Issued   October 2, 2020
Pre-Proposal Teleconference 2:00 pm October 7, 2020
Written "Questions & Comments" Deadline 2:00 pm October 14, 2020
State Response to Written "Questions & Comments"   October 16, 2020
Deadline for Applications 2:00 pm October 30, 2020
Evaluation Notice of Intent Released 2:00 pm November 16, 2020
Evaluation Notice of Award Released 2:00 pm December 21, 2020
Estimated Effective Start Date of Contract   April 1, 2021

Eligibility Guidelines

 Eligible applicants include:

  • certified nursing homes
  • academic or research institutions
  • local or tribal governments
  • health-related service providers,
  • consumer advocacy organizations,
  • resident or family councils,
  • professional nursing home associations,
  • state ombudsmen programs,
  • quality improvement organizations

Only one proposal will be accepted per applicant. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of financial stability, utilize evidence-based practices, and show measurable results.

Successful CMP awardees are expected to use grant funds to address and meet identified local/community/statewide needs in the area of improvement of life and/or direct hands-on quality of care and treatment of current residents of Tennessee licensed nursing home facilities, participating in Medicare and/or Medicaid.

Proposals should address the following:

  • Target improvement of life or care of residents at a particular facility, multiple facilities, regionally or statewide
  • Test cost-effective, sustainable strategies for producing lasting improvements and positive changes to facility care methodologies
  • Improve quality of life or care of residents through proposals that are novel in design but structured with regard to current evidence or demonstrated models
  • Demonstrate clear evidence of strong community partnerships and sharing of resources
  • Indicate cost-effectiveness and sustainability of proposed interventions and the ability to disseminate findings to other facilities, educational institutions, workplaces, etc. Demonstrate ability to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and provide outcome measures related to the target area.

    Projects cannot exceed three years, but there is no minimum time period requirement.

Expenditure Guidelines

Funds issued through the Tennessee CMP Reinvestment Program may not be utilized for the following uses:

  • To support or expand existing statutory programs
  • To pay for capital improvements to a nursing home, or to build a nursing home
  • To pay for nursing home services or supplies that are already the responsibility of the nursing home, such as laundry, linen, food, heat, staffing costs etc.
  • For non-nursing home residents
  • To pay the salaries of temporary managers who are actively managing a nursing home
  • To pay staff salaries
  • For generators or motor vehicles
  • For out of state travel reimbursement
  • For computers or computer systems for administrative purposes
  • For any item which has been or will be included on the facility cost report which eventually will be included in the Medicaid nursing home reimbursement rate
  • For removal of nurses stations
  • For any current or previous training initiative(s) funded with CMPs
  • To enlarge or enhance an existing appropriation or statutory purpose that is substantially the same as the intended project(s) or use(s)
  • To perform functions for which the applicant may have already been paid to perform by State or Federal sources
  • To engage in projects that might result in a conflict of interest.

Tennessee CMP Reinvestment Program Application Process

1.  Any applicant desiring to submit an application in response to the RFA is encouraged to have at least one representative on the teleconference; however, attendance is not mandatory. To subscribe to grant-related email notifications, please contact Ms. Shaquallah Shanks, CMP Reinvestment Program Director, at to be added to the contact list.

2. Develop a proposal with all of the following elements as well as the CMP Reinvestment Program checklist (all items can be found on the TDH Funding Opportunities website):

Section of Application

Page Limits

Cover Letter Addressed to Mr. Vincent Davis

1 – 2 pages

CMS Fillable Application (pgs. 6-9)

4 pages

Excel Budget Page

1 page

Excel Budget Details Page

1 page

Key Personnel Job Descriptions

1 page

Biographical Sketches/CVs for Key Personnel

1 page

General Assurances

1 page

Organizational Chart, Project Title information, Project Description, Results Measurement, Description of Support from Governing Body, List of Subcontractors (if applicable), Letters of Commitment from Subcontractors (if applicable)

9 – 10 pages


20 pages

*Note: If a required item is missing or the page limit is exceeded, the CMP request will fail the initial application screening. The checklist is not included in the page limit.

3. Submit completed application electronically via the Tennessee Department of Health’s Funding Opportunities page during an open RFA period. Any questions regarding submission should be addressed to Ms. Melissa Painter, Competitive Procurement Coordinator, at or (615) 741-0285.

Questions and Answers:

All questions concerning this RFA must be presented to the Competitive Procurement Coordinator shown in Section III, in writing, on or before the deadline for Written Questions and Comments as detailed in the RFA Schedule of Events. Questions may be faxed, emailed, mailed or hand-carried to the Competitive Procurement Coordinator. The State’s responses will be emailed and posted as an Amendment to the following website:

Follow-Up Webinars

The Tennessee CMP Program staff will be hosting follow-up proposal webinars to assist potential grantees in understanding the CMP Request for Applications process and will identify ways to further enhance proposals. A follow-up webinar was held after every RFA cycle to review opportunities to strengthen applications. Now, our Office offers to meet with individual applicants after a proposal is denied to discuss any weak areas within the application. If you would like to discuss the Follow-Up Webinars or gain insight on previously submitted applications, please contact Ms. Shaquallah Shanks at to be added to our mailing list. 

Webinar Date


Meeting Information

March 15, 2018

Follow-Up Webinar for January 2018 RFA

Click here to access the recording.

May 18, 2018 Follow-Up Webinar for March 2018 RFA Click here to access the recording