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Rural Healthcare Services Outreach Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)


    The Outreach Program is a community-based grant program aimed towards promoting rural health care services by enhancing health care delivery in rural communities. Outreach projects focus on the improvement of access to services, strategies for adapting to changes in the health care environment, and overall enrichment of the respective community's health. Through a consortia of local health care and social service providers, rural communities can develop innovative approaches to challenges related to their specific health needs. Furthermore, the program creates an opportunity to address the key clinical priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): serious mental illness, substance abuse, and childhood obesity. The overarching goals for the Outreach Program are to:

    • Expand the delivery of health care services to include new and enhanced services exclusively in rural communities;
    • Deliver health care services through a strong consortium, in which every consortium member organization is actively involved and engaged in the planning and delivery of services;
    • Utilize and/or adapt an evidence-based or promising practice model(s) in the delivery of health care services; and
    • Improve population health, and demonstrate health outcomes and sustainability

    In addition to funding Outreach programs through the Regular Outreach track, in FY 21, FORHP will also afford applicants a unique opportunity to take part in a national effort that targets rural health disparities through a second track called the Healthy Rural Hometown Initiative.” In 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Rural Health Task Force developed the Healthy Rural Hometown Initiative (HRHI). The HRHI is an effort that seeks to address the underlying factors that are driving growing rural health disparities related to the five leading causes of avoidable death (heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury/substance use, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke).

    Recognizing the link between health disparities and the five leading causes of death in rural communities, the HRHI track is ideal for applicants who want to identify and bridge the gap between social determinants of health and other systemic issues that contribute to achieving health equity with regards to excess death. For this reason, given the past success of Outreach grants, FORHP strongly encourages applicants to pursue the HRHI track, if it aligns with their community needs. FORHP intends to fund approximately 15 HRHI applicants and HRSA will select top ranked applications from the HRHI track and the Regular Outreach track when making funding decisions.


    History of Funding

    Previously funded Outreach grant programs have brought care to over 2 million rural citizens across the country who often face difficulty gaining access to care. For information regarding previous recipients of this award, please see:

    Additional Information

    Applicants cannot use funds under this notice for the following purposes:

    • To build or acquire real property or for construction or major renovation or alteration of any space (see 42 U.S.C. 254c(h)). Minor renovations and alterations are allowable.

    Applicants are required to have the necessary policies, procedures, and financial controls in place to ensure that your organization complies with all legal requirements and restrictions applicable to the receipt of federal funding including statutory restrictions on use of funds for lobbying, executive salaries, gun control, abortion, etc. Like those for all other applicable grants requirements, the effectiveness of these policies, procedures, and controls is subject to audit.


    Alexa Ofori

    Alexa Ofori
    5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville, MD 20857
    (301) 945-3986

  • Eligibility Details

    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. Applicants must serve counties that are entirely rural or rural census tracts of urban counties as designated by HRSA.

    The applicant organization shall represent a consortium composed of three or more health care provider organizations, including the applicant organization.  For the purpose of this funding opportunity, a consortium can also be a network. These consortium members may be located in rural or urban areas and can include  all  domestic public  or private, non-profit or for-profit entities including faith-based, community-based organizations, tribes,  and tribal organizations. Urban applicants should ensure a collaborative consortium with shared local control from the partnering rural communities. HRSA requires at least sixty-six percent (66%), or two-thirds of the consortium composition involved in the proposed project be located in a HRSA-designated rural area, as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer at 

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by December 15, 2020. The program operates on a triennial cycle. A new applications cycle is anticipated in late September 2023.

    Award Details

    HRSA estimates approximately $12,750,000 to be available annually to fund 60 recipients. Of the 60 awards, HRSA aims to award approximately 15 to HRHI applicants. Maximum award is $200,000 (Regular Outreach) or $250,000 (HRHI) per year. Project period is from May 1, 2021 through April 30, 2025 (4 years). Cost sharing/matching is not required for this program.

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