Sunday, February 6, 2011

Telehealth Assistance Expands

HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy is funding the Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program (TRCGP) to establish Telehealth Resource Centers (TRC). The TRCs provide assistance to healthcare organizations, networks, and providers to help implement cost-effective telehealth programs serving rural and medically underserved areas and populations. The funding will support three different types of resource centers to include a national resource center, two regional telehealth resource centers, and two telehome care resource centers.

The awards will provide funds for states that are currently not supported under the Telehealth Resource Center Program. These grants will provide support for up to three “Regional” telehealth resource centers in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C. It is also expected that regional TRC applicants will propose to cover four or more states.

In addition, this funding will support one National Resource Center to provide legal and regulatory assistance to all of the Regional Resource Centers as well as help HRSA-funded grantees, rural, and underserved communities. Three hundred thousand is available to fund one National Telehealth Resource Center annually for a period of up to three years.

The program will provide funding for FY 2011-2013. Approximately $975,000 is expected to be available annually to fund three grantees under the Regional TRCGP and applicants many apply for up to $325,000 per year.

Eligible applicants can include non-profit organizations and institutions. Applications are due on March 17, 2011 with the projected award date to be September 1, 2011.

For more information on funding notice (HRSA-11-141), go to or email Monica Cowan, Office of Rural Health Policy, at