Rural Health Care Access Program (RHCAP)

Grants to Idaho Nonprofits and Agencies to Increase
Healthcare Availability in Underserved Regions

GrantWatch ID#: 173044
Agency Type:


Idaho Department of Health and Welfare - Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care

08/30/17 5:00 PM MT Receipt

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Grants of up to $35,000 to Idaho nonprofit organizations and government agencies to increase the quality and accessibility of primary and oral health care in remote and underserved communities throughout the State. Proposals are invited for initiatives that improve access to healthcare in any of the following three assistance categories:

1) Telehealth projects: Must improve access to primary care and/or dental health services

2) Community development projects

3) Other: Loan repayment for primary/dental care providers, recruitment incentive, and/or reimbursement of relocation expenses for primary/dental care providers.

Proposed projects are required to address needs in areas designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) or Medically Underserved Areas (MUA). RHCAP seeks to improve access to primary medical and dental care by strengthening healthcare systems, removing barriers that prevent people from obtaining healthcare, and developing partnerships to better serve communities.

Barriers may be socioeconomic, cultural, geographic, or reflect the inadequate availability of practitioners. Although access barriers to mental health services may exist, the RHCAP statute limits projects exclusively to primary medical care and dental health services (Idaho Code 39-5902). Applications requesting funds to improve access to mental health or psychiatric services will not be reviewed.

No funds awarded under a grant may be used for purchase, construction, renovation or improvement of real property or for projects which are solely or predominantly designed for the purchase of equipment. Use of funds for the purchase of equipment may be allowed when such equipment is an essential component of a program. However, the purchase of equipment may not represent more than forty percent (40%) of the total annual share of a proposal.

Up to $35,000

Grants are made for a maximum of one year.

For the FY 2018 cycle, projects must be initiated and completed between November 1, 2017 and June 5, 2018.

Applicants must be a nonprofit organization registered with the Idaho Secretary of State or government organization.

Individuals may not apply for RHCAP funds.

Primary medical care projects must serve an area designated as an Idaho Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or Medically Underserved Area (MUA). Dental health projects must serve an area designated as an Idaho Dental HPSA. Maps indicating areas of the state that are eligible to apply are found on pages 3 and 4 of the application.

A non-profit or government organization may apply for loan repayment for an eligible practitioner and that same practitioner (if eligible) may apply for the Rural Physician Incentive Program
(RPIP); however, only one application may be funded. A practitioner cannot receive funding from both programs simultaneously. Please specify in the RHCAP application if the physician is also applying for RPIP funding.

Please refer to the attachments below for maps of eligible locations. A link to the GIS Map of Eligible Areas is at the "URL for Full Text (RFP)" link below.

The application cycle begins on July 1 of each year and ends on August 30 of that same year.

The Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care (BRH-PC) can provide general technical assistance and aid in the application process.

Applications must be received by post or delivery to the Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care on or before Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 5:00 PM, Mountain Time.

Applicants will receive a card verifying receipt of the application within one week, and notified of application status by October 30, 2017.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be submitted, by post or delivery, to:

Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care
Attn: Ariel Serrano
450 W. State St. – 4th Floor
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0036

P: 208-334-0669
F: 208-332-7262

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