Grant-Funded Initiatives

Enhancing Employer Investments and Expanding Opportunities for Members

Federal, state, and private foundation grants have allowed the Training Fund to bring new and innovative training opportunities to members and the broader community of WA healthcare workers.

Since its inception in 2009, the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training and Education Fund has received more than $15 million through various federal, state, and foundation grants. The Training Fund seeks additional funding in order to help contributing employers leverage their training investment and expand opportunities for members with access to Training Fund benefits.

Federal Grants


King County Behavioral Health Apprenticeship Program

To help improve accessibility and bring necessary diversity to the delivery of behavioral health services, King County has awarded funds from federal Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to support the implementation of a state-registered behavioral health apprenticeship program.

H-CAP Department of Labor Closing the Skills Gap Grant

Through support from the Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP) – a DOL industry intermediary – funding from the federal Closing the Skills Gap Grant funds registered apprenticeship enrollment. These funds support the Training Fund establish new apprenticeship programs and build the training infrastructure necessary to deploy these programs and promote apprenticeship participation.

State Grants

CCW Healthcare Sector Intermediary

As part of the vision that every young adult in Washington will have multiple pathways toward economic self-sufficiency, Career Connect Washington (CCW) has designated the Training Fund as an intermediary to the healthcare sector. As a sector intermediary, the Training Fund is developing and implementing a sectoral strategy with CCW partner and employers, and contributing to the statewide CCW coalition.


HEET (Hospital Employee Education and Training) projects are Washington State’s strategic investment in healthcare workforce training. The HEET grant work has catalyzed new collaborative relationships between labor, employer, education, and others to make innovative education progress for incumbent workers, while responding to demands throughout the healthcare industry.

Private Grants

Behavioral Health Institute and Ballmer Group

These funds support the development and implementation of three behavioral health apprenticeship programs: Peer Counselor, Behavioral Health Technician, and Substance Use Disorder Professional. These programs will be designed to benefit community behavioral health organizations, individuals seeking entry into the behavioral health field, and those seeking behavioral health services.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Healthcare Career Pathway Expansion and Sustainability Grant

This grant awarded by the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington will help the Training Fund expand and enhance the Advanced Certification for EVS Technicians (ACET) and Introduction to Healthcare Apprenticeship Program (IHAP) programs to prepare BIPOC and underserved communities for careers in healthcare.



  • The AARP Foundation – a charitable affiliate of AARP – aims to access and assist low-income older adults transform their lives through programs, services, and vigorous legal advocacy. In 2017, the Training Fund was awarded AARP Foundation grant funding through the end of 2018. One of the primary goals of the AARP Foundation funding sought to support 50+ Training Fund eligible members as they worked towards earning a degree, certificate, CEUs, or skill upgrade trainings. Other priorities of the AARP Foundation grant work centered on outreach to and engagement with our 50+ workers in effort to more correctly ascertain the kinds of education programming, informational workshops, trainings, and professional development opportunities that would be meaningful to improving their professional lives and personal goals. With these insights, the Training Fund will offer more comprehensive benefits and services valuable to this increasingly substantial group of our incumbent healthcare workforce. (2017-18)

WorkForce Central Introduction to Healthcare Apprenticeship

  • Through this partnership with WorkForce Central, the Training Fund is helping to establish and implement the Introduction to Healthcare Apprenticeship (IHAP) program in Pierce County. The WIOA funds from this partnership will provide two IHAP cohorts to WIOA qualified residents and train an educational partner to provide future IHAP trainings in Pierce County.


  • Kellogg Family Support Program. Partnership between Health Career Advancement Program (HCAP), Training Fund partnered employers, and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project provides supports – transportation, childcare, technology access, food/shelter – to incumbent workers who are in healthcare programs and parents to children under 18. (2016-2018)


  • Digital Communications Project. Partnership between Literacy Source, Seattle Central College, SkillUp Washington’s Health Care Learning Consortium (Seattle Foundation), SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Swedish Medical Center, SMC-Edmonds, UW-Northwest Hospital, UW-Valley Medical Center, Group Health Cooperative, and Highline Medical Center and the Training Fund. This project supports the digital and English literacy of Training Fund hospital workers through customized curriculum development, computer technology, and a multi-site hybrid class delivery (2015-2018).  

Job Skills Program (JSP)

  • EVS Pre-Epic Training. Partnership between Literacy Source, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, South Seattle College, Job Skills Program and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project provided EVS employees customized basic computer and English literacy training to successfully transition to the Epic workflow management system (2015-16).

Hospital Employees Education and Training Grants (HEET)

  • Pathways to RN. Partnership between Bellevue College, Evergreen Health, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, and the Training Fund. This project supported Evergreen Health employees to complete their nursing prerequisites at Bellevue College (2012-13).
  • Innovations in Nursing Simulation. Multi-college partnership including Renton Technical College, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College, Highline College, South Seattle College and North Seattle College, along with Swedish Medical Center, Northwest Hospital, and the Training Fund, bringing together industry and community college nurse educators  to create nursing simulation curricula to be shared and used across the nursing education continuum – from pre-licensure programs to residency programs in industry (2012-13).
  • Fast-Track Central Supply Technician Certification Training. Partnership between Seattle Central Community College. Swedish Medical Center, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project customized SCCC’s Central Supply Technician program to meet the needs of working central supply techs at Swedish Medical Center who, upon completion, could gain CRCST national certification. (2011-12).
  • Sustainability in Healthcare. Partnership between North Seattle Community College, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project built on the work of the ARRA “Green” grant by extending training on the greening of healthcare facilities to food and nutrition and facilities workers at Northwest Hospital. (2011-12).
  • Moving Forward. Partnership between Bellingham Technical College (lead), Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College, the United Commercial and Food Workers, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, the Washington State Nursing Association, the Northwest Alliance for Healthcare Skills, St. Joseph Peace Health, Island General Hospital, Whidbey General Hospital, United General Hospital, Skagit Valley Hospital, and the Training Fund. This project supported incumbent healthcare workers at participating employers to move up the career ladder through multiple healthcare training programs. The project also supported improved alignment of healthcare pre-requisite classes across colleges in Skagit and Whatcom counties.  (2009-2011).
  • Integrated Contextual Cohort-based Healthcare Education. Partnership between Renton Technical College, Valley Medical Center, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project focused on college readiness coursework and career and educational planning for incumbent healthcare workers in preparation for the advanced coursework required of them as they progressed into various allied health programs (2009-10).
  • Access to Advancement for Incumbent Workers. Partnership between North Seattle Community College (lead), South Seattle Community College, Seattle Central Community College, Swedish Medical Center, Swedish Edmonds Hospital, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project supported incumbent healthcare workers to enroll in basic allied health courses, including basic math and English classes, medical terminology and a medical office pathway to advance their education and careers. (2009-2010).
  • Allied Health Pathways. Partnership between Bellevue College, Evergreen Health, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project offered two certificate tracks: Clinical Lab Assistant and Medical Office Reception for incumbent workers at Evergreen Health (2009-10).
  • Healthcare Ladders and Human Simulation. Partnership between North Seattle Community College, Northwest Hospital SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project provided entry-level employees at Northwest Hospital the opportunity to take supported and contextualized prerequisite courses for admission to an RN program and to enter and complete nursing school at North Seattle College. The college used innovations in nursing lab simulations to augment instruction in several classes pre-requisite classes (2008-11).
  • Nursing Pathway. Partnership between Lake Washington Technical College, Stevens Hospital, Valley Medical Center, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project supported workers completing their second year of an Associate’s Degree in Nursing program, including their clinical placements (2008-09)

SkillUp Washington (Seattle Foundation)

  • Entry-level worker advancement in healthcare. Partnership with all Training Fund participating employers, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. The grant provided additional case management and support services for entry-level workers advancing in degree or certificate programs in healthcare. (2011-2013)
  • Sustainability in Healthcare Video. Partnership with Health Career Advancement Program (HCAP), Northwest Hospital, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and the Training Fund. This project created a video highlighting the work completed on the previous “green” grant work (first under ARRA “Green” and subsequently under HEET) and accompanying report (2014).

Federal Grants (HEET)

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) “Health” grant. Partnership between all Training Fund contributing employers, The Washington State Workforce Education Coordinating Board (lead), SEIU Healthcare 1199NW,  SEIU 775, North Seattle College, Renton Technical College, Highline College and the Training Fund. This project supported nursing education at four levels: CNA, LPN, ADN and Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). The grant also supported healthcare workers to become Certified Medical Assistants and provided training for existing RNs to complete specialty certification exams across multiple high demand areas. ARRA Health also supported the development of the first hybrid delivery RN degree program at an urban college in WA State (2010-13).
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) “Green” grant. Partnership between Swedish Medical Center, UW Medicine Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. The Training Fund was a sub-recipient of two Federally funded ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) grants in 2010 – 2012 to train incumbent healthcare workers in “green cleaning”.
  • H-CAP Department of Labor Year 2 Incentive Funding
    Through support from the Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP) – a DOL industry intermediary – funds from the U.S Department of Labor help to support apprenticeship programming in 2022.

State Grant (Department of Labor and Industries)

  • The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries awarded funds to the Training fund with the primary of purpose of establishing a behavioral health apprenticeship program that supports small or rural behavioral health provider and those that server higher percentages of individuals from historically marginalized (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities.
  • The State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries has awarded funds to the Training Fund to create a Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C) pathway to apprentice-able occupations in healthcare to help address the NA-C staffing crisis in skilled nursing facilities. In partnership with SEIU 775, the Training Fund is working to create a model for joint labor-management apprenticeship programs in these skilled nursing facilities.

City of Seattle Office of Economic Development – Key Industries and Workforce Development

  • The funds granted through the Seattle Office of Economic help to support an English Language Learner (ELL) pilot program, Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C) cohorts, apprenticeship program support, Advanced Certification for Environmental Service Technicians (ACET) development with the goal of educating and training BIPoC Seattle-area residents into healthcare careers.

A State Grant that made a BIG Impact

This generous state grant enabled the Training Fund and our partners to launch innovative programs that promote healthcare education for Washington communities.