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Rural Northern Border Region Planning Program

Grants to Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont Nonprofits, Tribes,
and For-Profit Entities for Planning Activities Related to Rural Health Issues

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US Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) - Community-Based Division

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06/14/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont nonprofit organizations, tribal organizations, and for-profit entities in eligible counties for planning activities related to key rural health issues. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Eligible applicants are those located in rural counties.

The ultimate goal of the program is to help underserved rural communities identify and better address their health care needs. Projects may include planning activities that address challenges related to access to care and health care workforce or assist small rural hospitals improve their financial and operational performance. Applicants should build upon existing policy and academic reports so that products resulting from this award further existing efforts, where applicable. 

Rural Northern Border Region Planning Program funds will support 18 months of planning activities. For the purposes of this award, planning activities are those that prepare a community to provide direct services. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Conducting a needs assessment
  • Engaging in a formal strategic planning process
  • Hiring consultants and facilitators to support planning efforts
  • Developing infrastructure and capacity building
  • Development of by-laws, Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), formal network member agreements among network members
  • Identifying and developing strategies for rural hospitals to better address and meet regional and/or local population health needs

Applicants should also clearly identify a health care development focus area(s) that their planning grant activities will address. Applicant organizations should describe how the rural community participated in identifying the focus area and should emphasize how their project will benefit the rural community. Applicants should also address how their planning grant activities and focus area will improve health equity.

The Rural Northern Border Region Planning Program allows applicants the flexibility to determine their unique community needs and focus area(s), based on historical health care context, expertise, and relevant data sources in the community. Examples of focus areas include (but are not limited to): Healthcare Workforce Development; Rural Hospital Financial and Operational Improvement; Rural Hospital Closure/Conversion; Care Coordination; Patient Engagement, Data Analytics/Health Information Technology; and Telehealth.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196214

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 4 grants total

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $190,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: September 1, 2021 through February 28, 2023 (18 months)


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • 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
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant organization shall be domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based, community-based, tribes and tribal organizations, and State Offices of Rural Health (SORH). The applicant organization may be located in a rural or urban area identified by the NBRC service area, and must have demonstrated experience serving, or the capacity to serve, rural underserved populations located in the NBRC service area. Urban applicants should describe how they will ensure a high degree of local rural control in the project. All planned activities supported by this program must exclusively target eligible service areas outlined in Section III (1)(A). The applicant organization should also describe their experience and/or capacity serving rural populations in the Project Abstract section of the application.

All activities supported by this program must exclusively target populations residing in HRSA-designated rural counties or rural census tracts within the NBRC rural service area.

You cannot use funds under this notice for the following purposes:
- To build or acquire real property or for construction or major renovation or alteration of any space; or
- To pay for the direct provision of clinical health services. For the definition of direct health services, please see Appendix C.

For more information on consortium and additional requirements, see Page 10 of the guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance:

Day and Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time: 2 – 3 p.m. ET
Call-In Number: 1-833-568-8864
Meeting ID: 160 350 9446
Participant Code: 47894982

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for applications under this NOFO is June 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

HRSA suggests submitting applications to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current immediately. HRSA will not approve deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to 1 month to complete.

It is also highly recommended that applicants notify the Northern Border Regional Commission of their intent to apply.

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Contact Information:

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

Maribel Nunez
Public Health Analyst, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Telephone: (301) 443-0466

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Androscoggin*, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot*, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington counties;   New Hampshire: Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, and Sullivan counties;   New York: Cayuga, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer*, Jefferson*, Lewis, Livingston*, Madison*, Montgomery, Niagara*, Oneida*, Orleans*, Oswego*, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Sullivan, Washington*, War;   Vermont: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin*, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham, and Windsor counties

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