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Network Development Grant FOA Release

10/09/13  Rural Oregon

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2014 Rural Health Network Development Grant Program (announcement number: HRSA-14-044).

ORHP’s Network Development Program supports rural integrated health care networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network in order to: achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

Applicants must be mature and/or established networks consisting of at least three members. The network should have a skilled and experienced staff as well as a highly functioning network board with the capability of offering integrated products and services. ORHP has taken a new approach with the program for this upcoming competitive cycle to better align with the legislation, and the current healthcare environment. The authorizing legislation identifies three primary charges for integrated health care networks: achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as whole. Applicants to the Rural Health Network Development Program will be required to select at least one activity from a prescribed topical area from one legislative charge outlined by the authorizing legislation.

The application can be downloaded off of www.grants.gov and entering in the announcement number (HRSA-14-044) or by clicking on this link: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=243713

Applicants may propose funding for up to three (3) years from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2017. The maximum award an applicant can request up to is up to $300,000 per year. ORHPs expects to fund approximately 15 grantees.

The deadline to submit an application in grants.gov is November 22nd, 2013. ORHP strongly recommends that applicants submit their applications prior to the due date to avoid any technological problems. All applications have to be submitted electronically in grants.gov, and waiver request to submit a paper copy application will not be accepted.

There will be a technical assistance call on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM EST to assist applicants in preparing their applications. The Adobe Connect webinar and call-in information is as follows:

Meeting Name: Rural Health Network Development Program
To join the meeting as a guest: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/ruralhealthnetwork/
Toll-free call in number: 1-888-946-3411
Participant Passcode for call in number: Network
The purpose of the call is to go over the grant guidance, and to provide any additional or clarifying information that may be necessary regarding the application process. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the call to answer any questions. While the call is not required, it is highly recommended that anyone who is interested in applying for the Rural Health Network Development Program plan to listen to the call. It is most useful to the applicants when the grant guidance is easily accessible during the call and if questions are written down ahead of time for easy reference. For your reference, the Technical Assistance call will be recorded and available for playback within one hour of the end of the call and will be available until November 22, 2013. The phone number to hear the recorded call is 800-813-5525, Passcode, 5169.

If you have any further questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Leticia Manning, or 301-443-8335.