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Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) Program

Summary

The Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) Program supports vaccine outreach in rural communities. These efforts include the following:

  • Helping to increase vaccine confidence and uptake;
  • Improving health care in rural areas;
  • Reinforcing basic messages about prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases;
  • Accessing vaccinations;
  • Education and outreach efforts around vaccine benefits and safety;
  • Vaccine promotion;
  • Providing information to rural residents about how and where to get vaccinated; and
  • Coordinating with existing vaccination sites and public health partners to identify isolated and/or vaccine hesitant populations.

The RHCVC Program is a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) initiative to improve vaccine confidence and counter vaccine hesitancy in rural communities where COVID-19 vaccine uptake lags in comparison to more populated areas.

The program will address health equity gaps by offering support and resources to medically underserved rural communities.

How to Apply

Notice of Funding Opportunity:

View Notice of Funding Opportunity

Download Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF - 428 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) RHC Vaccine Confidence Program

Announcement Number:

HRSA-21-142

Bureau/Office:

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Date(s) to Apply:

5/26/2021 to 6/24/2021

HRSA extended the application period until 6/24/2021.

Estimated Award Date:

7/16/2021

Period of Performance:

7/1/2021 to 6/30/2022

Eligibility:

  • Medicare-certified Rural Health Clinics and organizations that own and operate Medicare-certified Rural Health Clinics.
  • All RHCs must have active CMS Certification Numbers (CCNs) and be listed in the CMS Survey & Certification's Quality, Certification and Oversight Reports (QCOR).
  • To verify your eligibility, visit the CMS Quality, Certification and Oversight Reports (QCOR) website. On the site, you can verify that your provider type is listed as an RHC.
  • HRSA will fund all eligible RHCs and organizations that own and operate eligible RHCs that apply and have a complete and acceptable RHCVC Program application.
  • The RHCCV program DOES NOT have any rural area location requirements.

Register to apply for a HRSA grant:

New HRSA grant applicants should immediately begin the process of registering to apply for a HRSA Grant by completing the three-step registration process:

  1. DUNS HRSA Exit Disclaimer registration;
  2. System for Award Management (SAM) registration; and
  3. Grants.gov registration.

Track Your Application:

Use our track application tool.

Technical Assistance

HRSA Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence Technical Assistance Webinar

RHCVC Program Technical Assistance Webinar Recording HRSA Exit Disclaimer

RHCVC Program Technical Assistance Webinar Slides (PDF - 1.4 MB)

Please contact RHCVaxConfidence@hrsa.gov for additional information.

Grants.gov Applicant Overview Technical Assistance Webinar

RHCVC Program Grants.gov Applicant Overview Webinar Recording HRSA Exit Disclaimer

RHCVC Program Grants.gov Applicant Overview Webinar Slides (PDF - 5 MB)*

Please contact support@grants.gov or 1-800-518-4726 for additional Grants.gov questions.

More Information

Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Between Urban and Rural Counties – United States, December 14, 2020 – April 10, 2021 (CDC/MMWR, May 2021)

Vaccine Hesitancy for COVID-19: State, County, and Local Estimates (HHS/ASPE March 2021)

HHS-Funded COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach

COVID-19 Public Education Campaign

We Can Do This, Rural Community Toolkit

Vaccinate with Confidence

NIH’s Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)

RHIhub, COVID-19 Vaccination in Rural Areas HRSA Exit Disclaimer

Tips for writing a strong application

Section 4.7 of HRSA’s SF-424 Application Guide (PDF - 699 KB)

Contact

If you have questions or concerns regarding this program, please email RHCVaxConfidence@hrsa.gov.

Subscribe to RHC Vaccine Confidence Program Listserv for HRSA RHCVC Program updates.

*Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance, please email Lisa Chechile or call 301-443-0835.

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2021