Office of Rural Health Grant Funding

Office of Rural Health Opens Application Period for Community Health Grants

Community Health Grants, supported through the North Carolina General Assembly, are for assuring access to primary and preventive care to meet the health needs of our state’s most vulnerable populations. Strengthening the safety net through increased levels of collaboration and integration of services and organizations to more effectively meet the needs of those served is also an important purpose of this grant.

Grant Applications will be accepted beginning November 1, 2018
Deadline to Receive Applications: February 1, 2019

Safety net organizations are facing increasing demand for access to services in communities across our state. The current opioid crisis, behavioral health needs, integrated patient care, creating healthy opportunities for access to food, housing, transportation, and the use of telehealth strategies to improve access and sustainability are among the many issues facing safety net providers. Collaboration among providers in the counties and regions of our state is a key component to address these issues. The Community Health Grant RFA will look for cooperation and collaboration among county and regional partners as part of the application process.  

Primary care safety net organizations who care for underserved and medically indigent patients in the state are eligible to apply for this funding to pay for patient care through encounter-based reimbursement (Track A) or through reimbursement for eligible expenses (Track B). Telehealth services and equipment are eligible expenses in both tracks. Applicants must select ONE track.

Proposed Project Period or Contract Term: State Fiscal Year 2020: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Eligibility: All primary care safety net organizations that provide direct primary and preventive care and serve as a medical home are eligible to apply.
This includes:

  • Federally qualified health centers and look-alikes (FQHCs),
  • Free and charitable clinics, 
  • Health departments, 
  • Hospital-owned primary care clinics, 
  •  Rural health centers, 
  • School-based and school-linked health centers, 
  • AHEC clinics

Other non-profit community organizations that provide direct primary and preventive patient care to low-income, uninsured, underinsured and medically vulnerable populations.

Eligible organizations that provide direct primary and preventive care may also use these funds to support any of the following:

  • telehealth patient care
  • health promotion
  • disease prevention
  • health maintenance
  • counseling
  • patient education
  • diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of health care settings (care coordination/care management by a primary care entity, behavioral health, oral health, women’s health, maternal and child health that supports health care services in a primary care setting).

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