The Health Care and Other Facilities (HCOF) Construction Program provides congressional-directed funds to health facilities for construction-related activities and/or capital equipment purchases. Most projects are completed within 3 years, although some take as long as 5 years.
All recipients of funding must submit an application for the funds to be officially awarded. Organizations may apply for
HCOF-funded projects are required to comply with Federal, state and local laws, codes and ordinances and to provide periodic status updates so that the HCOF Program Office can determine whether projects are progressing according to plan, meeting deadlines established in the Notice of Grant Award, and drawing down funds appropriately.
HCOF funding has supported the construction, renovation and equipment needs at facilities such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, university academic programs, health departments, trauma care centers, drug abuse centers, research centers, and other health care facilities since 1998. Funding is limited to earmarked entities and the purposes identified in the annual HRSA appropriation.
In FY 2010, $274 million was available to fund approximately 600 awards.