Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant
Purpose and Eligibility. Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grants are designed to encourage development of new and innovative health care delivery systems in rural communities that lack essential health care services. The emphasis of this grant program is on service delivery through creative strategies requiring the grantee to form a network with at least two additional partners. To be eligible the grant recipient’s organizational headquarters must be a rural public or rural nonprofit private entity and must have non-profit status at the time of application, be located in a designated non-metro and/or Micropolitan county or in a rural ZIP Code within a metropolitan county, exclusively provide services to migrant and seasonal farm workers in rural areas, or be a Native American Tribal or quasi-tribal entity. Current Outreach grantees cannot apply for this grant cycle. Grantees that are receiving a no-cost extension may apply for additional funds in the FY 2006 cycle.
Funding. The approximate amount of funding for FY06 new start Outreach Program awards will be $9 million, contingent on the availability of funds. Approximately 60 new awards are anticipated to be made. The total amount of funding for each year of the project has changed. Individual grant awards will be limited to a total amount of direct and indirect costs of $150,000 in the first budget period, $125,000 in the second budget period, and $100,000 in the third budget period. Applicants may propose project periods up to the maximum of three (3) years. Applicants must request all the years of funding that will be necessary to complete the proposed project in the original application.
Project Narrative. Applicants must address the following topics in describing their proposed project, need, response, work plan, impact, resources/capabilities, and support requested. For FY 06 new Outreach Grantees, the Office of Rural Health Policy will identify performance measures for certain types of projects. Projects that focus on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention should identify potential measures that will be used to track the outcomes of the project. For example, diabetes projects could track the AI C levels of target populations before and after implementation of the project.
Additional Information. Additional information about this grant program, including the application guidance, is available on the Health Services and Resources Administration Web site. Applications are due September 23, 2005.
Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program
Purpose and Eligibility. The focus of the Rural Health Network Planning Grant Program is on providing support to rural entities needing assistance in development of formal health care networks that do not have a significant history of collaboration. These formative networks are not sufficiently evolved to apply for a three year Rural Health Network Development Implementation grant and do not have a formalized structure. The Rural Health Network Planning Grant Program supports one year of planning to develop and to assist health care networks, consisting of at least three health care providers, in rural areas become operational.
To be eligible for this program, the grant recipient must be a public or nonprofit private entity and must be located in a designated rural county, a rural zip code within an urban county, provide services exclusively to migrant and seasonal farm workers in rural areas or is a Tribal Government or Tribal Organization that provides services on reservations or federally recognized Tribal service areas. Applications from profit-making organizations will not be accepted. For-profit organizations, however, may participate in the network.
Funding. The Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant funding cycle is from March 1, 2006, through February 28, 2007, and is funded from the FY 2006 appropriation, pending availability of funds. The approximate amount of funding available is $1 million. It is anticipated that 10 to 12 awards will be made. Individual awards are limited to between $25,000 and $85,000. The grant period is for one year.
Project Narrative. Applicants must address the following topics in describing their proposed project: need, response, work plan, evaluative measures, impact, resources/capabilities, and network characteristics. The goals of the network’s project must be consistent with the Healthy People 2010 initiative.
Additional Information. Additional information about this grant program, including the application guidance, is available on the Health Services and Resources Administration Web site. Applications are due September 8, 2005.
Rural Health Network Development Program
Purpose and Eligibility. The Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Program provides funding to support activities that strengthen the organizational capabilities of rural health networks. The program is designed to support organizations that wish to further ongoing collaborative relationships to integrate systems of care administratively, clinically, financially, and technologically. The funds provided are not to be used for the direct delivery of services. The ultimate goal of the Program is to strengthen the rural health care delivery system by improving the viability of the individual providers in the network, and/or improving the delivery of care to people serviced by the network.
To be eligible for an RHND Grant, requirements that the applicant organization must meet include:
- The applicant organization must be a public or non-profit health care provider located in a rural area.
- The network is composed of at least three separate, existing organizations; organizations that are jointly owned are not considered separate.
- The Network has a formal organizational relationship. Each member of the network must sign a Memorandum of Agreement or other formal collaborative agreement.
- All network members must demonstrate a strong and measurable commitment to the network and share a history of collaboration and accomplishment commensurate with the network’s developmental stage.
- At least one key problem or issue must be identified that the network will address.
Funding. Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Office of Rural Health Policy anticipates making eight new awards for the RHND Grant Program in FY 2006. Individual awards are limited to a maximum of $180,000 (direct and indirect costs) per year, or $540,000 over three years. Applicants must request all the years of funding that will be necessary to complete the proposed project in the original application. Changes to the original amounts requested will not be allowed. Continued funding of the network beyond the first year of an award is subject to the availability of appropriated funds and satisfactory performance by the grantee. Performance will be evaluated via noncompeting continuation grant applications.
Program Narrative. Applicants must address the following topics in describing their proposed project, need, response, evaluative measures, impact, resources/capabilities, and specific program criteria. Applicants that can demonstrate that the network uses telehealth or other emerging technology, addresses oral health or mental health care needs, or includes at least one Critical Access Hospital will receive a maximum of five additional points in the scoring process.
Additional Information. Additional information about this grant program, including the application guidance, is available on the Health Services and Resources Administration Web site. Applications are due September 26, 2005