HHS – Health Center Program – Service Area Competition (2019)

Applications Due: December 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

The purpose of this grant program is to improve the health those who are medically underserved by providing primary health care services. This is the primary funding source for health centers. Health centers, using “enabling services” language (see below) can fund legal services through medical legal partnerships to address the social determinants of health.

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Grant information

Funding Title: Service Area Competition

Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-20-020

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. HRSA Section 330 funding for Community Health Centers is the funding from which community health centers use to fund “enabling services,” which includes legal services through the practice of medical-legal partnership.

Service Descriptors for Form 5A mentions legal aid: “Eligibility assistance services are support to health center patients to establish eligibility for and gain access to appropriate federal, state and local programs that provide or financially support the provision of medical, social, educational, housing, or other related services (e.g., Medicaid, Veteran’s benefits, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Legal Aid).”

Additionally, legal aid is mentioned as an additional enabling/supportive service: “Additional enabling/supportive services are beyond any required case management services and support a health center patient’s access to non-medical, social, educational or other related services (e.g., child care, food banks/meals, employment and education counseling, legal services/legal aid).”

You can access the document stating this either through the link above or going here, clicking on Form 5A: Services Provided, and then clicking on the link “Service Descriptors for Form 5A: Services Provided.”

Target Population: Medically underserved populations, defined as “the population of an urban or rural area designated by the Secretary as an area with a shortage of personal health services or a population group designated by the Secretary as having a shortage of such services.”

Expected Number of Awards: 171

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $381,863,825

Award Ceiling: $0

Award Floor: $0

How to Apply: HRSA requires applicants for this funding opportunity announcement to apply electronically through Grants.gov and in HRSA EHB. Applicants must use a two-tier submission process for the Service Area Competition and follow the directions provided at Grants.gov and in HRSA EHB.

Current Closing Date for Applications: by December 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Eligible Applicants: Only domestic public or nonprofit private entities are eligible. These include: independent school districts, city or township governments, special district governments, nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments), Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), county governments, private institutions of higher education, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, and state governments.

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link

Contact Information: Contact Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration BPHCSAC@hrsa.gov or at 301-594-4300


Categories: Department of Health and Human Services, Education Organizations, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Health, Medical-Legal Partnerships, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Subgrant Possibilities

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