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FY 2015 Service Area Competition Technical Assistance

Service Area Competition (SAC) New, Competing Continuation and Supplemental Application Deadlines

Project Period Start DateHRSA Announcement NumberExpected Funding Opportunity Announcement Deadline (11:59 pm ET)HRSA EHB Deadline (5 pm ET)
November 1, 2014HRSA-15-008June 19, 2014July 23, 2014August 6, 2014
December 1, 2014HRSA-15-009June 19, 2014July 30, 2014August 13, 2014
January 1, 2015HRSA-15-010June 25, 2014August 13, 2014August 27, 2014
February 1, 2015HRSA-15-011June 25, 2014August 27, 2014September 10, 2014
March 1, 2015HRSA-15-012September 16, 2014October 22, 2014November 5, 2014
April 1, 2015HRSA-15-013September 16, 2014November 5, 2014November 19, 2014
May 1, 2015HRSA-15-014October 8, 2014November 19, 2014December 10, 2014
June 1, 2015HRSA-15-015October 15, 2014December 3, 2014December 17, 2014

FOA Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance Presentation (PDF - 867 KB)

SAC Applicant Technical Assistance Call Transcript (PDF - 203 KB)

Archived Technical Assistance Webinar

FOA Frequently Asked Questions (PDF - 168 KB)

FY 2015 SAC User Guide for Grant Applicants (PDF - 11 MB)

About the Service Area Competition

Through the FY 2015 Service Area Competition (SAC), HRSA will award approximately $591 million in funding to an estimated 242 applicants. A SAC application is a request for federal financial assistance to continue support of comprehensive primary health care services for a competitively announced underserved area or population. All available service areas (see the Service Area Announcement Table below) are currently served by Health Center Program grantees whose project periods are ending in FY 2015. 

Service Area Announcement Table

The Service Area Announcement Table reflects the available FY 2015 funding by service area and respective target population(s). Use the drop-down menus to select a state, city, and/or project period start date for a customized list of available service areas. Only the states and cities with available service areas in FY 2015 are included in the drop-down lists.

Available service areas can be viewed as a searchable table (a customized list based on selected search criteria).

The Service Area Announcement Table provides the following information:

  • Project period start date
  • City - Current grantee’s administrative site location
  • State
  • HRSA announcement number
  • Total funding available
  • Funding for each population type
  • Patient origin and service area zip codes
  • Percentage of patients from each zip code
  • Patient target
  • Patient Origin Map (if available)

The Patient Origin Map (if available) is accessible by clicking on the city name in the table. The highlighted zip codes in the table are the service area zip codes as identified by the current grantee; the zip codes with affiliated patient percentages are the patient origin zip codes as reported by the current grantee in the 2013 Uniform Data System (UDS).

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be public or nonprofit private entities, such as tribal, faith-based, or community-based organizations, that propose to serve a service area and its associated population (see section above). To be eligible an applicant must:

  • Propose to serve a service area and its associated population(s) identified in the Service Area Announcement Table.
  • Propose on Form 1A to serve at least 75 percent of the patient target listed in the SAAT by December 31, 2016. If the applicant proposes to serve less than 100% of the patient target, requested federal funding must be reduced according to the table in the FOA. A patient vs. budget calculator is provided below, under Technical Assistance Resources.
  • Propose on Form 5B the service area zip codes from which at least 75 percent of the current patients reside.
  • Propose to serve all currently targeted populations (i.e., CHC, MHC, HCH, PHPC) identified through the funding distribution in the SAAT.
  • Request annual Health Center Program funding that DOES NOT exceed the established cap (listed as Total Funding on the SAAT). Applicant maintains the current funding distribution between target populations as listed on the SAAT (i.e., CHC, MHC, HCH, and/or PHPC).

For complete eligibility criteria, see Section III Eligibility Information of the SAC FOA.

Technical Assistance Resources

Program-Specific Forms

Performance Measures

For more information on performance measures, see the following resources:


updated 09/12/2014

Primary Health Care/Health Centers Open Opportunities

HRSA-15-129 2015 Health Infrastructure Investment Program

HRSA-15-017 Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act

HRSA-15-140 National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)

How to Apply

SAC applications must be submitted via and the HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHB).

  • Refer to the Application Deadlines table on this page to obtain the HRSA announcement number and associated deadlines.
  • Before you can apply for this funding opportunity, you must register in three places: DUNS, SAM and
  • Go to
  • Select the Search Grants tab.
  • Type in the Funding Opportunity Number field, click the SEARCH button.
  • Click the Funding Opportunity Number (e.g., HRSA-15-008).
  • Click the Application Package tab.
  • Under Instructions and Application, click the Download link.
  • To download an application, complete the email information, or check the box to indicate that you would not like to provide your email address, and click the Submit button.
  • Click the Download Application Instruction link to download the FOA.
  • Click the Download Application Package link to download the application form.

Program Information
Beth Hartmayer
HRSA, Bureau of Primary Health Care
Office of Program and Policy Development
301-594-4300 |

Budget Information
Donna Marx
HRSA, Division of Grants Management Operations
Office of Federal Assistance Management
301-594-4245 |

EHB Application Assistance
BPHC Helpline
877-974-2742 | Submit Web Request Form

General Feedback

Register Today

Before you can apply for this funding opportunity, you must register in three places: DUNS, SAM, and

Be sure to provide complete and consistent information to all three systems. If there is a problem anywhere in the process, your registration can take 4 weeks or even longer.

Before you do anything else, make sure you Register & Get Ready.

Help Resources

Electronic Submission Questions: BPHC Helpline
1-877-974-2742, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm ET (excluding Federal holidays) Application Help

HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHB) Registration and Help

HRSA Electronic Two-Tier Submission User Guide

HRSA Electronic Handbooks Knowledge Base with articles, frequently asked questions, and other resources to help you successfully navigate HRSA EHBs

EHB Account Questions: HRSA Contact Center