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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit or For-Profit to Evaluate Initiatives Addressing Behavioral Healthcare in Rural Communities

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) - Evaluation

GrantWatch ID# 185531
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
Funding or PIN Number: HRSA-23-045
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Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/08/22
Deadline: 01/27/23

Grant Description
Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit or for-profit organization, Tribal organization, or community- or faith-based organization to evaluate initiatives addressing behavioral healthcare and SUD in rural communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to one month to complete.

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Evaluation (RCORP-Evaluation).  The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to evaluate the impact of rural behavioral health strategies and methods employed under the RCORP initiative, and to develop evaluation tools and resources for use in rural communities to inform future community-led rural health initiatives. The RCORP-Evaluation cooperative agreement has three primary goals, which are to:

  1. Analyze, synthesize, and disseminate data and information to relevant stakeholders regarding the extent to which the RCORP initiative has improved health care in rural areas;
  2. Strengthen the capacity of RCORP award recipients to collect, report, and disseminate data to enhance the quality and sustainability of their behavioral health care activities; and
  3. Enhance rural communities’ ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to emerging behavioral health care issues, including substance use disorder (SUD)/opioid use disorder (OUD)-related issues that would further negatively affect rural communities. 

For more details, see Program Requirements and Expectations on page 12 of the NOFO in Attached Files below. 


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • 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 and for-profit entities. Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply.

Pre-Proposal Conference
HRSA has scheduled the following webinar:
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
1–2 p.m. ET


Attendees without computer access or computer audio can use the dial-in information below
Call-In Number: 1-833-568-8864
Passcode: 40087164

HRSA will record the webinar. For a recording of the webinar, please email

Pre-Application Information
Dates to Apply: 10/26/2022 to 01/27/2023

Ensure your 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 1 month to complete.

Cost sharing/matching is not required for this program.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $5,000,000 per award per year subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

Term of Contract
Period of Performance: September 1, 2023-August 31, 2027 (4 years)

Contact Information
You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:
Kimberly Dews
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
Phone: 301-443-0655

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:
Kamu Aysola
Attn: RCORP-Evaluation
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Health Resources and Services Administration
Phone: 301-443-5217

You may need assistance when working online to submit your application forms electronically. Always obtain a case number when calling for support. For assistance with submitting the application in, contact 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays at: Contact Center
Phone: 1-800-518-4726 (International callers dial 606-545-5035)
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RFP & Supporting Documents
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