The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program.
Recipients will receive up to $100,000 for a one-year period of performance to promote the development of integrated health care networks in order to:
- Achieve efficiencies
- Expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of basic health care services
- Strengthen the rural health care system as a whole
The eligibility criteria for this program has been reauthorized to include all domestic public and private, nonprofit and for-profit entities with demonstrated experience serving, or the capacity to serve, rural underserved populations. Urban-based organizations applying as the lead applicant should ensure there is a high degree of rural control in the project. The applicant organization must represent a network that includes at least three or more health care provider organizations and, at least 66% (or two-thirds) of network members must be in a HRSA-designated rural area. HRSA plans to award 20 grants to rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.
Current fiscal year 2020 Network Planning grant recipients may not apply if they have previously received a Network Planning grant for the same or similar project — unless the entity is proposing to expand the scope of the project or the area that will be served through the project. For more on the Network Planning Program click here.
A webinar for applicants is scheduled on Oct. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. (PT). A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Jillian Causey at JCausey@hrsa.gov.