Attached is a list of the upcoming funding opportunities from now until FY15 for community and telehealth grants. Please use this document to assist rural communities in your state learn a little more about what funding opportunities will be available.
HRSA has developed a webpage specifically for providing technical assistance for potential applications (http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/apply/index.html). Please bookmark this site for your own reference and promote it with potential applicants you are working with in your state. The portal includes slide presentations and recorded webinars for more detailed information on specific topics. This portal provides information about:
• HRSA funding opportunities,
• how to register in the various systems needed to submit an application,
• finding opportunities and submitting them in grants.gov,
• tips for writing a strong application, and
• an explanation of the HRSA application review process (a great way to learn about the review process is to become a reviewer, please sign up and encourage others to sign up as well): http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/reviewers/index.html
Please let me know if you have questions or requests for other types of information/resources that will help you promote our ORHP grant programs.
The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2013 Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program (announcement number: HRSA-13-153). This one-year grant provides an opportunity for rural communities to bring 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. Grantees will use their funds to lay out the foundation of a community health project by convening collaborating partners to conduct planning activities. Grantees may also use the funds to develop and assist healthcare networks establish and/or become operational.
The information pertains to grant opportunities for telephone and data connection funding for Rural Health Clinics. The USDA is working with the USAC (Universal Service Administrative Company). The USAC has begun the new funding year for the telephone and data connection piece for the Rural Health Clinics beginning July 2, 2012. The application process, submission of funding request and training and reference portal may be found in greater detail at http://www.usac.org/rhc/tools/news/default.aspx#604. On the left side of the page is a wealth of information concerning how to get started, who is eligible to apply, trainings, and the Rural Health Care Pilot Program in general. The Getting Started link under the ABOUT THE PROGRAM covers all the information that you are inquiring about.
Rural Development is now accepting applications for Rural Business Opportunity Grants and Rural Cooperative Development Grants.
Below are the links for each of these programs:
Applications for Rural Business Opportunity Grants
Applications for Rural Cooperative Development Grants
The Advance Payment ACO Model is an Innovation Center initiative for participants in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. It’s designed for physician-based and rural providers who have come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to the Medicare patients they serve. Through the Advance Payment ACO Model, selected participants will receive upfront and monthly payments, which they can use to make important investments in their care coordination infrastructures.
CMS announced last October that applications would only be accepted for April 1, 2012 and July 1, 2012 start dates.
However, the Innovation Center has now announced that beginning August 1, 2012, it will be accepting applications for an additional round of Advance Payment ACOs that would begin on January 1, 2013.
Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) is seeking Mini Grant applications in four separate funding areas.
Mini Grants are available in the Community Health & Prevention, Services Delivery, Systems Development – Health Literacy and Health Policy areas. These grants are designed to assist targeted, short-term projects that address specific objectives within MFH’s strategic framework.
Click on the links above for more information on the Mini Grant program and to apply online. Applications are accepted until April 5, 2012 in all of the areas except Health Policy – that deadline to apply is October 31, 2012.
Are you aware of networks in your state that are planning to apply for the Health Information Technology (HIT) Network Development Grant? If so, please share with them a great resource developed by the National Rural Health Resource Center to assist in assessing their HIT readiness as a network. http://www.ruralcenter.org/tasc/resources/health-information-technology-network-readiness-assessment
The HIT Network Readiness Assessment Tool was created by the National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) because we recognize that building a HIT network is a complex and time-consuming task. Network leaders must think through intricate organizational issues around leadership, finance, planning, member engagement and decision making. In an effort to move HIT networks down the learning curve faster, this tool can be used to assess the organizational strengths and weaknesses and target the network’s technical assistance needs. It is intended to be used as a self-assessment instrument that network leaders and members can use to identify areas needing attention.
If you have any questions on the tool, please contact Terry Hill 218-727-9390 ext. 232 or Sally Trnka 218-727-9390 ext. 233.
View the assessment tool below: