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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, School Districts, Tribes, and For-Profit Entities to Improve and Expand Health Care in Rural Areas

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

GrantWatch ID# 164585
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
CFDA Number: 93.912
Funding or PIN Number: HRSA-23-036
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/26/22
Deadline: 01/06/23 11:59 PM ET

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, school districts, tribal governments, and for-profit entities to improve and expand health care in rural areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of this program is to promote the planning and development of integrated rural health care networks to (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of basic health care services and associated health outcomes; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

This program supports one year of planning and brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to establish and/or improve local capacity in order to strengthen rural community health interventions, and enhance care coordination.

For the purposes of this program, an integrated health care network is defined as an organizational arrangement among at least three regional or local health care organizations that come together to develop strategies for improving health services in a community.

The Network Planning program uses the concept of developing networks as a strategy toward linking rural health care network members together to address local challenges, and help rural stakeholders achieve greater collective capacity to overcome challenges related to limited economies of scale for individual hospitals, clinics, or other key rural health care stakeholders.

The intent of the Network Planning Program is to allow applicants maximum flexibility to tailor their projects to the unique rural community needs based on historical health care context, community input, and relevant data sources. Due to the flexible nature of the Network Planning Program, rural health priorities, such as those outlined in the AHE track, complement the goals of the larger Network Planning Program. 

Applicants must describe planning activities that support at least one (1) of the legislative aims below:

  • Aim #1: Achieve efficiencies
  • Aim #2: Expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services and associated health outcomes
  • Aim #3: Strengthen the rural health care system


  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Eligible applicants include domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities. Domestic faith-based and community-based, tribes and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply. The applicant organization may be located in a rural or urban area, but must have demonstrated experience serving, or the capacity to serve, rural underserved populations. The applicant organization must describe in detail their experience and/or capacity to serve rural populations in the Project Abstract section of the application.

To be eligible to receive a grant under this notice of funding opportunity, an entity –
(A) Shall be a domestic public or private, non-profit, or for-profit entity with demonstrated experience serving, or the capacity to serve, rural underserved populations; and
(B) Shall represent a network composed of participants – (i) that includes at least three or more health care provider organizations and (ii) that may be rural, urban, nonprofit, or for-profit entities, with at least 66 percent (two-thirds) of network members located in a HRSA- designated rural area1; and
(C) Shall not previously have received a grant under 42 U.S.C. 254c(f) for the same or similar project.

Pre-Proposal Conference
HRSA has scheduled the following webinar:
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
3 – 4 p.m. ET

Attendees without computer access or computer audio can use the dial-in information below.
Call-In Number: 1-833-568-8864
Meeting ID: 161 241 4152
Passcode: 82273034

HRSA will record the webinar.

Pre-Application Information
The due date for applications under this NOFO is January 6, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. HRSA suggests submitting applications to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

Ensure and registrations and passwords are current immediately! HRSA will not approve deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems may take up to one month to complete.

Effective April 4, 2022:
• The UEI assigned by SAM has replaced the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.
• Register at and you will be assigned a UEI.

You must register with SAM and continue to maintain active SAM registration with current information at all times when you have: an active federal award, an active application, or an active plan under consideration by an agency (unless you are an individual or federal agency that is exempted from those requirements under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or you have an exception approved by the agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)). For your SAM registration, you must submit a notarized letter appointing the authorized Entity Administrator.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Up to 20

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $100,000 per award

Term of Contract
The period of performance is July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024 (1 year).

Contact Information
You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:
Eric Brown
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 10SWH03
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 945-9844

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:
Nkem Osian, MPH
Public Health Analyst
Attn: Rural Health Network Development Planning Funding Program
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-2751

Webinar playback information can be requested at

For assistance with submitting the application in, contact 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays at: Contact Center
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726 (International callers dial 606-545-5035)

RFP & Supporting Documents
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