HRSA’s Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) posted information on the Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program (HRSA-09-195) on March 13, 2009. The grant program administered by the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth within OHIT supports the development of Telehealth Resource Centers as an independent source of technical assistance to help healthcare organizations, networks, and providers implement cost effective telehealth programs. This is mainly to help serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations.
The program will provide funding for fiscal years 2009-2011. Approximately $1,800,000 is expected to be available annually to fund six grantees. The grant application is due April 22, 2009. Matching funds and cost sharing are not required for these grants. The maximum award for an individual Regional Center will be $325,000 for FY 2009 with the maximum award of $175,000 for the National TRC for 2009.
Eligible applicants can include public and private non-profit organizations and institutions, including state and local governments. The regional centers can be collaborative organizations composed of more than one entity, but only one entity can be the official applicant for the funding—all others can be members of the consortium or network. For profit entities may be part of a consortium but cannot be the grantee.
For more information, go to www.grants.gov or contact Monica M. Cowan, Public Health Analyst, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth at 301-443-0076.