Rural Health Grant Opportunities

Rural Health Centers Program Capital Project 2016-2017

Purpose: The purpose of grants awarded under this program is to support state-designated rural health centers. The Office of Rural Health (ORH) assists underserved communities and populations with developing innovative strategies for improving access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care.  Distribution of primary care providers in North Carolina has historically been skewed toward cities and larger towns.  Rural residents, who often face transportation issues, find accessing primary care services difficult.  Through the establishment of rural health centers, ORH enables local communities to provide access to their underserved populations who would otherwise be unable to receive needed primary care services due to geographic, economic, or other barriers.  Thus, rural health centers have become an integral part of the health care safety net for North Carolina’s rural and underserved residents.

Through this operational support grant, the rural health center provides much needed primary medical care access to its residents.

Description:
Capital Project funding:
Through this capital support grant, the rural health center will continue to develop and implement projects intended to increase quality driven, cost effective care to meet the transitions mandated through the Affordable Care Act and other industry trends.  These funds may be used for a variety of projects including limited information technology components as deemed appropriate by the Division.  In addition, these funds may include planned and unplanned structural improvements, upkeep, etc. of the facility/physical plant.

Funding Availability:
July 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017 Grant awards are based on the availability of State funding.  The maximum total grant award is dependent upon demonstrated need at the rural health center.  Grant funds must be used at physical locations where primary medical care is provided and may not be used for vehicles or to pay down loans.

Eligibility:
Eligible organizations must be deemed State-Designated, 501(c)3 Rural Health Centers by ORH.

How to Apply:
2016-2017 Capital RFA
RHC - Capital Budget August 2016-17

All electronic applications should be sent via email to your ORH assigned field support staff:
Andrea Murphy, 919 527-6448, andrea.murphy@dhhs.nc.gov
Robert Coble, 919 527-6474, robert.coble@dhhs.nc.gov
Tammy Norville, 919-527-6476, tammy.norville1@dhhs.nc.gov

Deadline for Submission:
Applications for all funding types must be received prior to April 1, 2017.  Only electronic copies will be accepted.

How to Obtain Further Information:
Questions regarding the grant application may be directed to your ORH assigned field support staff:
Andrea Murphy, 919 527-6448, andrea.murphy@dhhs.nc.gov
Robert Coble, 919 527-6474, robert.coble@dhhs.nc.gov
Tammy Norville, 919-527-6476, tammy.norville1@dhhs.nc.gov

 

2016 Rural Hospital Flexibility – Financial Improvement/Transition Project

Purpose: Description of function of the program and reason why it was created:
The Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program) is a federal grant program directed to State Offices of Rural Health to support:

•  Improving the quality of health care provided in communities served by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)

•  Improving the financial and operational performance of CAHs

•  Developing collaborative regional and local delivery systems in CAH communities

•  Facilitating the establishment of CAHs

The purpose of these Flex Program funds is to assist a CAH in transitioning from being part of a large health system to operating independently.

Description- Brief statement of nature and scope of the program:
This grant will be awarded to a CAH (or a county governmental entity that is responsible for the operation of a CAH) that creates a plan to perform the following activities:

1.  Identify a process and roadmap for conversion to an independent CAH

2.  Engage in discussion with the encompassing county and explore feasibility of county ownership.

3.  Facilitate discussions with prospective partners to aid in the future operation of the CAH

4.  If applicable, establish a transfer agreement between the health system and the county

The aforementioned activities will be performed with intent to improve CAH financial performance and sustainability.

Funding Availability:
June 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016

Eligibility:
Any North Carolina CAH (or a county governmental entity that is responsible for the operation of a CAH) may apply, provided that it is planning to transition from being part of a health system to operating independently. All applicants will need to complete the grant application, budget template, contractor information sheet, and applicable contractor/provider documents to be considered for funding.

How to Apply:
Flex Transition RFA Application May 2016 Word Doc

Flex Transition RFA Instructions May 206 Word Doc 

Flex Transition RFA Budget May 2016 Excel Doc

Electronic applications should be emailed to: jay.kennedy@dhhs.nc.gov

Deadline for Submission:
Grant applications must be received electronically at the email address above by 5:00 pm on Friday May 13, 2016.  Only electronic copies will be accepted.

How to Obtain Further Information:
Questions regarding the grant application may be directed to Jay Kennedy by email at jay.kennedy@dhhs.nc.gov or by telephone at 919-527-6467.

 

NC Farmworker Health Program 340B Program Funding Opportunity

The North Carolina Farmworker Health Program (NCFHP), within the Office of Rural Health (ORH), NC DHHS, has limited funds to assist with providing access to pharmaceuticals for migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs) and their families in North Carolina.
Agencies can request funding to support one or both of the following services:

1) co-payment assistance for pharmaceuticals

2) emergency medication funds

Applications will be accepted until April 25, 2016. Questions regarding the grant application may be directed to Zoe L. Cummings by email at zoe.cummings@dhhs.nc.gov

Documents:

Notice of Funding Availability Reporting Form

Grant Narrative 2016-17 Final

340B Performance Measures 2017

340B Contract Cover Page 2016-17

 

2016-2017 Rural Health Centers Program – Medical Access Plan, Innovation, and Planning and Implementation Grants

Purpose: The purpose of grants awarded under this program is to support state designated rural health centers. The Office of Rural Health (ORH) assists underserved communities and populations with developing innovative strategies for improving access, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Distribution of primary care providers in North Carolina has historically been skewed toward cities and larger towns. Rural residents, who often face transportation issues, find accessing primary care services difficult. Through the establishment of rural health centers, ORH enables local communities to provide access to their underserved populations who would otherwise be unable to receive needed primary care services due to geographic, economic or other barriers. Thus, rural health centers have become an integral part of the health care safety net for North Carolina’s rural and underserved residents.

Through this operational support grant, the rural health center provides much needed primary medical care access to its residents.  

Description- Brief statement of nature and scope of the program:   

There are three funding options:
1. Medical Access Plan (MAP)
2. Innovation Projects
3. Planning and Implementation Projects

Applicants may apply for multiple funding options within the same application. Applicants should work through their assigned ORH field support staff prior to seeking additional funding and prior to submitting grant applications for multiple funding options.

Funding Availability: July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017

Grant awards are based on the availability of State funding. The maximum total grant award is dependent upon demonstrated need at the rural health center. Grant funds must be used at physical locations where primary medical care is provided and may not be used for vehicles or to pay down loans.

Eligibility: Eligible organizations must be deemed state-designated, 501(c)3 rural health centers by ORH. 

How to Apply: All electronic applications should be sent via email to your ORH assigned field support staff: Andrea Murphy, 919 527-6448, andrea.murphy@dhhs.nc.gov; Robert Coble, 919 527-6474, robert.coble@dhhs.nc.gov; or Tammy Norville, 919-527-6476, tammy.norville1@dhhs.nc.gov

2016-2017 MAP-Innovation-PIG-NEW RHC VersB REVISED FINAL 7-12-2016

RHC - OPS Funding Grant Budget FY 2017 3-24-2016

Deadline for Submission: Applications for all funding types must be received prior to April 1, 2017.  Only electronic copies will be accepted.

How to Obtain Further Information: Questions regarding the grant application may be directed to your ORH assigned field support staff:
Andrea Murphy, 919 527-6448, andrea.murphy@dhhs.nc.gov
Robert Coble, 919 527-6474, robert.coble@dhhs.nc.gov
Tammy Norville, 919-527-6476, tammy.norville1@dhhs.nc.gov

 

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program Grant

Purpose- Description of function of the program and reason why it was created: First authorized through the Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999, the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) is a federal grant program directed to State Offices of Rural Health to support rural hospitals with 49 beds or fewer. Funding helps small, rural hospitals in several ways:

  • Purchasing equipment and/or training to attain the value-based purchasing provision under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Joining or becoming Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), or creating Shared Savings programs through the ACA
  • Purchasing health information technology, equipment, and/or training to comply with meaningful use, ICD-10 standards, and payment bundling

Description- Brief statement of nature and scope of the program: Over the last decade the North Carolina Office of Rural Health has leveraged the funding available through SHIP to assist smaller hospitals across North Carolina with upgrading essential capital equipment, implementing new processes to deliver higher quality care and transitioning to an increasingly electronic/digital working environment. This grant will continue to allow the 33 SHIP-eligible hospitals to implement technology and/or systems to collect data and feedback necessary for improving both quality of care and operations. The grant funds will be awarded to an eligible organization (see below for requirements) over a three-year period to conduct the scope of work. The grantee will utilize these SHIP funds to:

  1. Secure and manage subcontract agreements with participating SHIP hospitals
  2. Ensure SHIP hospitals implement and/or participate in approved activities
  3. Ensure SHIP hospitals report on required performance measures
  4. Conduct quarterly performance assessments tracking hospitals’ progress in achieving the agreed-upon deliverables
  5. Monitor financial invoices quarterly for appropriateness of expenses
  6. Track and report each participating hospital’s status. Report successful completion of performance measures and achievements of target goals.

Funding Availability: June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2019

Eligibility: Any organization that employs staff that have experience working with small and rural hospitals in NC and knowledge of the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program is eligible to apply. All applicants will need to complete the grant application, budget template, contractor information sheet, and applicable contractor/provider documents to be considered for funding.

How to Apply:  

SHIP RFA Application Mar 2016

SHIP RFA Instructions Mar 2016

SHIP RFA Budget Mar 2016

Electronic applications should be emailed to: jay.kennedy@dhhs.nc.gov

Deadline for Submission: Grant applications must be received electronically at the email address above by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.  Only electronic copies will be accepted.

How to Obtain Further Information: Questions regarding the grant application may be directed to Jay Kennedy by email at jay.kennedy@dhhs.nc.gov or by telephone at 919-527-6467.

 

 

Community Health Grant SFY 2016-2017 Funding Opportunity

The purpose of grants awarded under this program is to increase access to primary care for vulnerable, underserved, and medically indigent patients in the state. Primary care safety-net organizations are eligible to apply for a grant to fund a project targeted at increasing access to primary medical and preventive care.

Description- Brief statement of nature and scope of the program:
Grant funded projects must increase access to primary and preventive medical care. This may be done by expanding access to additional vulnerable, underserved and medically indigent patients at existing facilities (e.g. expanding service hours), developing a new service delivery site, or adding or expanding the type of primary medical and preventive services provided to medically indigent patients, for example, providing dental and behavioral health care in conjunction with medical health care, or the creation and technological, administrative, and clinical innovations that sustain primary medical care delivery models through the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology and through the use of the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NCHIE) connection.

Funding Availability:
July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017

Eligibility:
Primary care safety-net organizations that provide direct and ancillary patient care are eligible to apply. This includes: AHEC clinics, federally qualified health centers and look-alikes (FQHCs), free clinics, health departments, hospital-owned primary care clinics, rural health centers, school based and school linked health centers, and other community organizations that serve medically vulnerable populations.

How to Apply:
The SFY 2016-2017 Community Health Continuation Grant Application can be accessed here.
CHG Fiscal Year 2017 Grant Budget

Electronic applications should be emailed to: jessica.futrell@dhhs.nc.gov

Deadline for Submission:
Grant applications must be received electronically at the Office of Rural Health by 4:00 pm Monday, March 14, 2016Only electronic copies will be accepted.

How to Obtain Further Information:
Questions regarding the grant application may be directed to Ginny Ingram by email at Ginny.Ingram@dhhs.nc.gov or by telephone at 919-527-6440.

 

Farmworker Health 16-17 Funding

Funding Focus:

The North Carolina Farmworker Health Program (NCFHP), within the Office of Rural Health (ORH), NC DHHS, is anticipating the receipt of federal funds to increase access to primary and preventive health care services for migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs) and their families in North Carolina.

Agencies can request funding to support one or all of the following services:

1) Enabling services including outreach, case management, and health education

2) Medical services in regions where there are no accessible primary care services for farmworkers and/or

3) Dental services

Application Process:

New applicants should contact Elizabeth Freeman Lambar prior to completing the grant application.

Completed applications and all associated attachments are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Applicants can submit the grant applications and related documents to Elizabeth Freeman Lambar by email at elizabeth.freeman@dhhs.nc.gov.

Click here for a copy of the North Carolina Farmworker Health Program Reporting form.

Rural Health Centers Program – Medical Access Plan, Innovation, and Planning and Implementation Grants

The purpose of grants awarded under this program is to assist underserved communities and populations with developing innovative strategies for improving access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care. Through the establishment of rural health centers, the Office of Rural Health (ORH enables local communities to provide access to their underserved populations who would otherwise be unable to receive needed primary care services due to geographic, economic, or other barriers. Rural health centers have become an integral part of the health care safety net for North Carolina’s rural and underserved residents.

There are three funding options currently available:

  1. Medical Access Plan (MAP)
  2. Innovation Projects
  3. Planning and Implementation Projects.

Applicants may apply for multiple funding options within the same application.

ORH will award up to $722,728 in support of this effort. The maximum total for each grant award is dependent upon demonstrated need at the rural health center and is contingent upon funding availability. Grant funds must be utilized at physical locations where primary medical care is provided and may not be used for vehicles or to pay down loans. Grant expenses will be reimbursed based on approved invoices submitted to ORH for services rendered.

Eligibility

To be eligible for apply for funding, an organization must be deemed a state-designated, 501(c)(3) rural health center by ORH. Incomplete applications and applications not completed in accordance with these instructions will not be eligible.

How to Apply

Please complete the RFA application and budget and submit electronically. Faxed or paper applications will not be accepted.

Applications must be emailed to:

Deadline

Applications for all funding types must be received prior to April 1, 2016.

How to Obtain Further Information

For MAP and Innovation Project funding:

Andrea Murphy
Email: Andrea.Murphy@dhhs.nc.gov
Phone: 919-527-6448

For Planning and Implementation funding in Eastern NC:

Andrea Murphy
Email: andrea.murphy@dhhs.nc.gov
Phone: 919-527-6448

For Planning and Implementation funding in Western NC:

Tammy Norville
Email: tammy.norville1@dhhs.nc.gov
Phone: 919-527-6476

Grant Documents and Information

Rural Health Center Program Capital Project

Division Issuing Notice
The Office of Rural Health

Date of Notice
August 10, 2015

Purpose

The purpose of grants awarded under this program is to continue support for state-designated rural health centers.

The Office of Rural Health assists underserved communities and populations with developing innovative strategies for improving access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care. Distribution of primary care providers in North Carolina has historically been skewed toward the cities and larger towns. Rural residents, who often face transportation barriers, find accessing primary care services difficult. Through the establishment of rural health centers, the ORH enables local communities to provide access to their populations who would otherwise be unable to receive needed primary care services due to geographic, economic, or other barriers. Thus, rural health centers have become an integral part of the health care safety net for North Carolina’s rural and underserved residents.

Through this capital support grant, the rural health center will continue to develop and implement projects intended to increase quality driven, cost effective care to meet the transitions mandated through the Affordable Care Act and other industry trends. These funds may be used for a variety of projects including limited information technology components as deemed appropriate by the ORH. These funds may include planned and unplanned structural improvements, upkeep, etc. of the facility/physical plant.

If the proposed capital project may result in an insurance claim or involves information technology, please contact Parcheul Harris and/or Andrea Murphy prior to completion of this application packet.

The maximum total grant award is dependent upon demonstrated need at the rural health center and the availability of funding. This is a project based grant opportunity. All funding must be expended by May 31, 2016.

How to Apply

Grant applications must be submitted electronically via email by 5 pm on April 1 of the current state fiscal year (SFY). Only electronic copies sent via email to Andrea Murphy and copied to Parcheul Harris will be accepted. Incomplete applications and applications not completed in accordance with the following instructions will not be eligible.

Questions regarding the grant application may be directed to:

Andrea Murphy
Email: Andrea.Murphy@dhhs.nc.gov
Phone: 919-527-6448

Parcheul Harris
Email: Parcheul.Harris@dhhs.nc.gov
Phone: 919-527-6468

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