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Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program

Program Overview

The Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant (Network Planning) program is authorized by the Public Health Service Act, Section 330A (f) (42 U.S.C. 254(c)(f)), as amended. The legislative purpose of this program is to expand access to, coordinate and improve the quality of essential health care services and enhance the delivery of health care, in rural areas. The Network Planning program provides one-year grants to support the planning and development of a formal health care network to improve health care delivery in rural areas. This program provides one-year grants up to $100,000 and allows applicants to develop a business or strategic plan, conduct a needs assessment, conduct health information technology readiness and ultimately form a network. Funds cannot be used for direct delivery of health care services.  Successful grantees often apply for the three-year Network Development implementation grant to continue the work they started under the Network Planning grant.


Lead applicants must be:

  • Located in a Rural County or Eligible Rural Census Tract within an urban county; and;
  • Public and non-profit entities including faith-based and community organizations;and;
  • In a consortium with at least two additional organizations. These two other organizations can be rural, urban, non-profit or for-profit. The consortium should include three or more health care providers that provide or support the delivery of health care.

Find Grantees

Network Development Planning grantees with active projects


Amber Berrian   301.443.0845.