Rural Northern Border Region Planning Program identifying Rural Health Issues – US
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Rural Northern Border Region Planning Program to assist in the planning and identifying of key rural health issues located within the rural identified counties and states of the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC).
The program supports planning activities to identify key rural health issues, assess rural health challenges, and engage in strategic planning activities to inform rural health plans across the northern border region.
The ultimate goal of the program is to help underserved rural communities identify and better address their health care needs.
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Projects may include planning activities that address challenges related to access to care and health care workforce or assist small rural hospitals improve their financial and operational performance.
Rural Northern Border Region Planning Program funds will support 18 months of planning activities.
For the purposes of this award, planning activities are those that prepare a community to provide direct services. Examples include (but are not limited to):
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Conducting a needs assessment
Engaging in a formal strategic planning process
Hiring consultants and facilitators to support planning efforts
Developing infrastructure and capacity building
Development of by-laws, Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), formal network member agreements among network members
Identifying and developing strategies for rural hospitals to better address and meet regional and/or local population health needs
HRSA estimates approximately $760,000 to be available annually to fund up to four recipients. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $190,000 total cost (includes both direct and indirect, facilities and administrative costs) per year.
The period of performance is September 1, 2021 through February 28, 2023 (18 months).
Award recipients will receive the full award amount in the first year of the 18-month period of performance and must allocate the award funding across the 18-month period of performance.
Eligible applicant organizations for the Rural Northern Border Region Planning Program must meet geographic requirements. (Note: the award will be made to only one member of the consortium, the applicant organization, which will serve as the recipient of record.
The applicant organization is required to meet the geographic requirements).
The applicant organization must be located in a rural or urban area identified by the NBRC service area, and must have demonstrated experience serving, or the capacity to serve, rural underserved populations located in the rural NBRC service areas.
When the applicant organization is located in an urban area, urban applicants must ensure a collaborative consortium, with shared local control from the partnering rural counties and must ensure all grant activities and services of the consortium are provided in a non-metropolitan county or rural census tract of the NBRC service area.
Applicants must propose grant activities that include and benefit multiple rural NBRC service areas within their state or across multiple state NBRC rural service areas.
Applicants who submit a proposal outside of the specified service region or more than one proposal will be deemed non-responsive and will not be considered for this funding opportunity.
The NBRC-designated service areas are defined as follows:
Maine: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington counties
New Hampshire: Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coös, Grafton, and Sullivan counties
New York: Cayuga, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Orleans, Oswego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Sullivan, Washington, Warren, Wayne, and Yates counties
Vermont: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham, and Windsor counties
The applicant organization shall be domestic public or private, non-profit or forprofit entities, including faith-based, community-based, tribes and tribal organizations, and State Offices of Rural Health (SORH).
The applicant organization may be located in a rural or urban area identified by the NBRC service area, and must have demonstrated experience serving, or the capacity to serve, rural underserved populations located in the NBRC service area. Urban applicants should describe how they will ensure a high degree of local rural control in the project.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333177