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Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

Grants to USA Nonprofit and For-Profit Entities
to Plan Healthcare Networks in Rural Areas

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)

Conf. Date:

10/07/20

Deadline Date:

11/16/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and for-profit entities to plan healthcare networks in rural areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of this program is to promote the planning and development of integrated rural health care networks to (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of basic health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

This program brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to work together to establish or improve local capacity and coordination of care. The grant program supports one year of planning to develop and assist integrated health care networks in becoming operational.

For purposes of this program, an integrated health care network is defined as an organizational arrangement among at least three (3) regional or local health care organizations that come together to develop strategies for improving health services delivery systems in a community. An integrated health care network should be an independent organization with signed agreements, defined policies and, often by-laws based on a long-term vision for achieving systemic change. Decision-making is shared and distributed among members and the programmatic focus adapts to changing priorities.

Integrated health care networks can be an effective strategy to help smaller rural health care providers and health care service organizations align resources, achieve economies of scale and efficiencies, share decision-making authority, collaboratively address community challenges, and create impactful, innovative solutions as a group rather than as single providers.

The Network Planning Grants Program offers rural health care organizations the opportunity to better address community needs and respond to challenges such as supporting providers in the transition from volume-based to value-based care through the formation of an integrated health care network. The intent is for health networks to expand access to care, increase the use of health information technology, explore alternative health care delivery models, and continue to achieve quality health care across the continuum of care.

Applicants must describe planning activities that support at least one (1) of the legislative aims described below:

  • Aim #1: Achieve efficiencies: The network will focus on identifying ways to achieve better system efficiencies and improve regional and/or local rural health care services through collaboration, access to additional services, and quality improvement.
  • Aim #2: Expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services: The network will focus on ways to build capacity and a network infrastructure that enables entities to coordinate care and increase access to care for rural communities both locally and regionally.
  • Aim #3: Strengthen the rural health care system as a whole: Network members will focus on ways to enhance community and partner relationships to promote involvement and participation in network planning activities aiming to strengthen the regional health care system.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164585

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

Up to 20

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 (1 Year)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants shall be domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based, community-based, tribes and tribal organizations. The applicant organization may be located in a rural or urban area, but must have demonstrated experience serving, or the capacity to serve, rural underserved populations. Urban applicants should describe how they will ensure a high degree of local rural control in the project. Applicants should list the rural areas (counties) that will be served. Proposed counties should be fully rural, but if counties are partially rural counties, please include the rural census tract(s) in the Project Abstract. The applicant organization should also describe their experience and/or capacity serving rural populations in the Project Abstract section of the application. It is important that applicants list the rural counties (or rural census tract(s) if the county is partially rural) that will be served through their proposed project, as this will be one of the factors that will determine the applicant organization’s eligibility to apply for this grant funding.

To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an entity –
(A) Shall be a domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entity with demonstrated experience serving, or the capacity to serve, rural underserved populations. This includes faith-based, community-based organizations, tribes, tribal organizations; and
(B) Shall represent a network composed of participants – (i) that include at least three or more health care provider organizations (including the applicant organization); and (ii) that may be rural, urban, nonprofit or for-profit entities, with at least 66 percent (two-thirds) of network members located in a HRSA-designated rural area; and
(C) Shall not previously have received a grant under this subsection 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

In addition to the 50 U.S. states, only organizations in the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated State of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau may apply. If you are located outside the 50 states, you must still meet the rural eligibility requirements.

More eligibility details can be found starting on page 9 of the NOFO document in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance:
Webinar
- Day and Date: Wednesday October 7, 2020
- Time: 3 – 4 p.m. ET
- Call-In Number: 1-888-790-3724
- Participant Code: 7731478
- Weblink: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/rhndppta/
- Playback Number: 1-800-518-0083
- Passcode: 10720

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for applications under this NOFO is November 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. HRSA suggests submitting applications to Grants.gov at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

Cost sharing/matching is not required for this program.

Ensure SAM.gov and Grants.gov registrations and passwords are current immediately! Deadline extensions are not granted for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to one month to complete.

The Grants.gov registration process requires information in three separate systems:

- Dun and Bradstreet (http://www.dnb.com/duns-number.html)
- System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov)
- Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/)

HRSA requires you to apply electronically. HRSA encourages you to apply through Grants.gov using the SF-424 workspace application package associated with this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) following the directions provided at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/apply-for-grants.html.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326598

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:
Kelichia Wellons, MBA, MS
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 945-9882
Email: KWellons@hrsa.gov

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:
Jillian Causey, MHA
Public Health Analyst, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Attn: Rural Health Network Development Planning Funding Program
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-1493
Email: JCausey@hrsa.gov

CFDA Number:

93.912

Funding or Pin Number:

HRSA-21-021

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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