The purpose of this grant program is to assist in the planning and development of an integrated healthcare network. This grant program brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past under a formal relationship, to work together to establish and improve local capacity and coordination of care. By working together, rural health providers and organizations can achieve efficiencies, increase capacity and improve the quality of essential health care services over a give geographic area.
To be eligible, the lead applicant organization must be a rural non-profit or rural public entity that represents a consortium/network of three or more health care providers. Federally-recognized tribal entities are eligible to apply as long as they are located in a rural area. The applicant organization must be located in a non-metropolitan county or in a rural census tract of a metropolitan county and all services must be provided in a non-metropolitan county or rural census tract.
Applicant organizations with headquarters located in a metropolitan county that serve non-metropolitan or metropolitan counties are not eligible solely because of the areas they serve. In addition, applicant organizations located in a metropolitan county with branches in a non-metropolitan county are not eligible to apply if they are eligible only because of the areas or populations they serve.