Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Funds

Washington state is pleased to announce its participation in the Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Fund Grant Program. 


Civil money penalties (CMPs) are fines imposed on nursing facilities that do not meet federal health and safety standards.  Washington state receives a portion of the funds collected to be reinvested in support of projects that improve the overall quality of life and/or care of nursing facility residents. 

Nursing facility providers, stakeholders and other organizations are encouraged to submit CMP fund grant applications for the development and implementation of quality improvement initiatives that directly or indirectly benefit nursing facility residents.   Organizations that may qualify for use of CMP grant funds include, but are not limited to:

  • Consumer advocacy organizations
  • Resident or family councils
  • Professional or state nursing home associations
  • State Long-term Care Ombudsman program
  • Quality improvement organizations
  • University graduate programs
  • Private contractors
  • Corporations, both non-profit and for-profit

Project proposals should demonstrate current and sound evidence-based practices that promote quality of care and quality of life for nursing facility residents.  CMP fund grants are only available for quality improvement initiatives that are outside the scope of normal facility operations.  They cannot be used to fund goods or services that the applicant already offers or is required to provide by state or federal law or regulation.

Sections 1819 and 1919 of the Social Security Act allow CMP funds to be used for projects and activities that benefit residents, including those that:

  • Support and protect residents of a facility that closes or is decertified
  • Support resident and family councils and other consumer involvement to ensure quality care
  • Improve the facility through CMS-approved initiatives, such as culture change

States must obtain approval from CMS before using federally imposed CMP funds to pay for projects.

The Department will evaluate applications using criteria developed by CMS and published in CMS S&C 12-13-NH (PDF)

Application & Resources

Approved Projects

  Entity Awarded CMP Funds   

  Purpose of Project 

  Amount Awarded


  LeadingAge Washington

  Music & Memory


  2 year project