HHS – Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program (2019)

Applications Due: December 6, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

This program is designed to support organizations located in the eight Delta States (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee) “to promote the planning, implementation, and development of health care networks to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole” (page i of NOFO). Applicants are encouraged to take a comprehensive and integrated approach to care.

This program is intended to foster collaboration among service providers and health system partners in rural areas. Applicants must work in a consortium with at least two additional organizations.

Important note: As it stands, the FY 2020 President’s Budget doesn’t request funding for this program. Receiving this award is contingent on program funding. If your application is successful, you may not receive this award.

Helpful resources

  • While this grant does not directly target the opioid crisis, because individuals who live with chronic diseases are at risk for comorbidities (which often include substance use disorder), applicants are encouraged to take a more comprehensive approach to care. Learn how civil legal aid helps those affected by the opioid crisis in a co-branded NLADA and Justice in Government Project factsheet. On the last page are four examples of partnerships that are currently serving individuals affected by the opioid crisis.
  • The NLADA recently presented at a national conference on how legal aid can help individuals affected by substance use disorders. We also heard from two states (OH and WV) on what they’re doing to address the opioid crisis. Access that presentation here.

Grant information

Funding Title: Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program

Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-20-087

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: While there is not express language for legal aid, applicants are required to work in consortiums to provide comprehensive care and are encouraged to address social determinants of health. The NOFO states, “Social determinants of health – poverty, access to services, economic opportunity, rates of chronic disease, homelessness, intimate partner violence, childhood obesity and life expectancy – disproportionality affect rural communities compared to their urban and suburban counterparts. You are encouraged to incorporate the social determinants of health in program development.”

Target Population: Individuals in rural areas in the eight Delta states (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee). Determine your rural eligibility here: https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/rural-health.To see the HRSA-designated Delta rural service areas as outlined in this program, see pages 5-7 of the NOFO.

Expected Number of Awards: 12

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $12,000,000

Award Ceiling: Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of $56,604 per eligible county/parish, per year.

How to Apply: Applicants are required to notify the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) of their intent to apply. Find your SORH here: https://nosorh.org/nosorh-members/nosorh-members-browse-by-state/. Applicants must work in a consortium with at least two additional organizations. These organizations can be rural, urban, non-profit or for-profit. In total, the consortium must include at least three health care providers.

Current Closing Date for Applications: by December 6, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants must be located in a rural county or census tract (see if you are here), be a public or non-profit entity, and work in a consortium with at least two additional organizations. If you have previously received a grant for a project, to be eligible to apply, you must expand the project’s scope or service areas.

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link

Contact Information: HRSA has scheduled a webinar for this grant on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 2-3pm EST. The call in number is 1-888-994-8792, participant code is 5467892 and the weblink is https://hrsaseminar.adobeconnect.com/delta_states_rural_development_network_grant_program_ta/

The HRSA contact for this grant is Patricia Burbano, Public Health Analyst, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Telephone: (301) 443-7238, Email: PBurbano@hrsa.gov

Categories: Department of Health and Human Services, Health, Non-profit Organizations, Rural, Subgrant Possibilities

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