Wednesday, July 23, 2008

HRSA's Rural Grant Program

HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy posted the announcement for the “Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program” (HRSA-09-002) on July 14th. This grant program encourages the development of new and innovative healthcare delivery systems in rural communities that lack essential care services. The application deadline is October 16, 2008.

Applicants may propose projects to address the needs of a wide range of population groups including but not limited to low income populations, the elderly, pregnant women, infants, adolescents, rural minority populations, and rural populations with special healthcare needs. To be eligible, applicants must be rural, nonprofit private or public entities that represent a consortium of three or more organizations that deliver healthcare services in rural areas.

It is anticipated that there will be 90 awards totaling $13,500,000. The maximum award, including direct and indirect costs, is $150,000 for the first budget year, $125,000 for the second year, and $100,000 for the third year. $375,000 is the maximum request over three years.

The project is estimated to start May 2009 and end April 2012. ORHP does not anticipate holding a competitive funding cycle for the Outreach program in FY 2010 and FY 2011. However, grantees awarded in FY 2009 may be eligible to apply for the non competitive continuation cycle in FY 2010 and FY 2011. The next competitive cycle for this program is planned for FY 2012.

For more information, contact Nisha Patel at