Rural Health Center Assessment Grant SFY 2017-2018

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Office of Rural Health

Date of this notice: February 14, 2017

Working Title of the funding program: Rural Health Centers Program Medical Access Plan, Innovation, Planning and Implementation, and Rural Health Center Assessment Grant SFY 2017-2018

Purpose- description of function of the program and reason why it was created: The purpose of grants awarded under this program is to support 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 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.

Funding Availability: 

1. MAP Grant- Award date: 7/1/2017

Application Closing Date and Submission Instructions: Grant applications must be received via email by March 3, 2017.  Newly recognized State-Designated RHCs may apply up to April 2, 2018

2. Innovation Grant- Award date: 7/1/2017

Grant Application Closing and Submission Instructions: Grant applications must be received via email by April 2, 2018. 

3. Planning and Implementation Grant- Award date: 7/1/2017

Grant Application Submission Instructions: Grant applications must be received via email by April 2, 2018. 

4. Rural Health Center Assessment Grant-Award date:7/1/2017

Grant Application Submission Instructions: Grant applications must be received by January 1, 2018, and should be submitted to Tammy Norville, 919-527-6476,

Project Period or Contract Term SFY 2018

Awards are granted to applicants submitted between July 1, 2017 and April 2nd, 2018.  All grantees must fully expend grant funds prior to June 30, 2018.   All invoices for completed and projected work must be submitted to ORH for reimbursement no later than June 8, 2018

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for these funds, your organization must be deemed a State-Designated Rural Health Center by ORH. The maximum total grant award is dependent upon demonstrated need at the rural health center or by the organization and is contingent upon funding availability. 

MAP and Innovation Projects: ORH State-Designated 501(c)3 Rural Health Centers 

Planning and Implementation Projects:  Organizations deemed by ORH as a state-designated, 501(c)3 rural health center after July 1, 2015

RHC Assessment Grant Projects:  Organizations that are 501(c) 3 non-profits with section 509(a) (1) status that have demonstrated relationships with multiple free and charitable clinics across the state and have the ability to represent their interests within the larger safety-net community. The awarded organization must be in compliance with all applicable state and federal requirements while demonstrating an array of proficiencies within the free and charitable clinic community statewide. 


How to Apply: All electronic applications and questions regarding the application should be sent to your ORH assigned field support staff. Incomplete applications and applications not completed in accordance with the instructions provided below will not be reviewed.

MAP InnovationPIG RHC Assess RFA 2017-2018.doc

Copy of MAP InnovationPIG RHC Assess Budget 2017-2018.xlsx


How to Obtain Further Information: Andrea Murphy, 919 527-6448,; Robert Coble, 919 527-6474, ; or Tammy Norville, 919-527-6476,