U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration
Thursday, March 7

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative called RCORP-Implementation (HRSA-19-082). HRSA plans to award approximately 75 grants to rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.

You can review the funding opportunity at:

Successful RCORP-Implementation award recipients will receive up to $1 million for a three-year period of performance to enhance and expand substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), service delivery in high-risk rural communities. Award recipients will implement a set of core SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery activities that align with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Five-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis (PDF - 76 KB)

Award recipients are encouraged to leverage workforce recruitment and retention programs like the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). We encourage you to learn more about how to become an NHSC site and NHSC site benefits. NHSC-approved sites provide outpatient, primary healthcare services to people in health professional shortage areas.

All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, are eligible to apply and all services must be provided in HRSA-designated rural areas (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer). Applicants do not need to be current or former RCORP-Planning award recipients to apply for this funding opportunity.

The applicant organization must be part of an established network or consortium that includes at least three other separately-owned (i.e., different Employment Identification Numbers) entities. At least two of these entities must be located in a HRSA-designated rural area. Tribes and tribal organizations under the same tribal governance must still meet the consortium criteria of four or more entities, but are only required to have a single EIN located in a HRSA-designated rural area to be eligible.

RCORP is a multi-year initiative by HRSA aimed at supporting treatment for and prevention of OUD/SUD. In FY18, HRSA awarded 95 grants to rural communities under the RCORP-Planning initiative and funded a technical assistance center to support RCORP award recipients. In FY19, in addition to the RCORP-Implementation awards, HRSA anticipates awarding a new round of RCORP-Planning grants and launching a pilot grant program aimed at expanding the number of small rural hospitals and clinics that provide medication-assisted treatment.

Please visit to review the RCORP-Implementation NOFO and apply.  

FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on Wednesday, March 27 from 11:30-1 p.m., EDT. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend. Please reference page ii in the NOFO for the dial-in and playback information for the webinar. Technical assistance webinar & FAQ are available on the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation webpage.

For more information about t his funding opportunity, please contact Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. To learn more about how HRSA is addressing the opioid epidemic, visit

Date Last Reviewed:  March 2019