Grant Opportunities

Health Care Innovation Challenge

On November 14, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services released a funding opportunity announcement for the Health Care Innovation Challenge. Under this Challenge, up to $1 billion dollars will be awarded to innovative projects across the country that test creative ways to deliver high-quality health care services and lower costs. Priority will be given to projects that rapidly hire, train and deploy new types of health care workers.

The Health Care Innovation Challenge will support public and private organizations including clinicians, health systems, private and public payers, faith-based institutions, community-based organizations and local governments. Innovative approaches from these organizations that can begin within six months of award and demonstrate a model for sustainability post-award will also be given priority.

For more information: Innovation Challenge Fact Sheet

EMS Vehicle Equipment Replacement Grant Program

The FY 2012 EMS Vehicle Equipment Replacement Grant Program details has been posted to the Georgia Trauma Commission’s website. The application period opens November 18, 2011 and closes December 30, 2011. Awards will be determined during the March 15, 2012 Trauma Commission meeting.

For more information: http://georgiatraumacommission.org/budgets/grants/2012

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program

The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2012 Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program (announcement number: HRSA-12-083). ORHP’s Outreach Program supports projects that demonstrate effective models of outreach and service delivery through collaboration, adoption of an evidence-based or promising practice model, demonstration of health outcomes, replicability and sustainability. Proposed projects will have an outcomes-oriented approach that will enhance and sustain the delivery of effective health care in rural communities by tracking specific health indicators that will demonstrate the impact of their project at the end of their grant period. They will be based on evidence-based or promising practice models in order to avoid “reinventing the wheel” and demonstrate health status improvement in rural communities. Proposed Outreach projects can take the framework of an evidence-based or promising practice model and tailor it to their community’s need and organization.

Applicants may propose funding for up to three (3) years from May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2015. The maximum award is up to $150,000 per year. We expect to fund approximately 80 grantees.

Funding Opportunity Synopsis

Apply for Funding Opportunity

The deadline to submit an application in grants.gov is November 22, 2011. ORHP strongly recommends that applicants submit their applications prior to the due date to avoid any technological problems. All applications have to be submitted electronically in www.grants.gov.

There will be a technical assistance call on September 29, 2011 (Thursday) at 3:30 PM EST to assist applicants in preparing their applications. The toll-free number to call in is 1-888-972-7810. The Passcode is Outreach. Please dial in 10 minutes before call is to begin. The leader’s name is Kathryn Umali.

The purpose of the call is to go over the grant guidance, and to provide any additional or clarifying information that may be necessary regarding the application process. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the call to answer any questions. While the call is not required, it is highly recommended that anyone who is interested in applying for the Outreach Program plan to listen to the call. It is most useful to the applicants when the grant guidance is easily accessible during the call and if questions are written down ahead of time for easy reference. The Technical Assistance call will be recorded and available for playback within one hour of the end of the call and will be available until November 22, 2011 at 9:59 PM CST. To access the playback, please call: 1-800-229-6331.

For further questions on this funding opportunity, please contact the program coordinator, Kathryn Umali, 301-443-7444, kumali@hrsa.gov.