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Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program

Announcement Number:

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Date(s) to Apply:
01/04/2016 to 03/10/2016

Estimated Award Date:

What is the program?

This program will provide funding during federal fiscal years 2016 – 2019.  Approximately $4,150,000 is expected to be available annually to fund up to 21 recipients.  Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $200,000 per year.  This program announcement is subject to the appropriation of funds, and is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, applications can be processed, and funds can be awarded in a timely manner.  The project period is three (3) years.  Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program in subsequent fiscal years, satisfactory recipient performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.

Effective December 26, 2014, all administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern federal monies associated with this award are subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75, which supersede the previous administrative and audit requirements and cost principles that govern federal monies.

Are you eligible?

Applicants for the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program must meet all of the eligibility requirements stated below.

 Organization Requirements

Eligible applicants must be a rural public or a rural nonprofit private health care provider or provider of health care services.  For purposes of this program, “health care provider” may include, but is not limited to, entities such as black lung clinics, hospitals, public health agencies, home health providers, mental health centers and providers, substance abuse service providers, rural health clinics, primary care providers, oral health providers, social

service agencies, health profession schools, local school districts, emergency services providers, community health centers/federally qualified health centers, Tribal health programs, churches and civic organizations that are providing health related services.  

Please note that all Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-certified critical access hospitals (CAH) and rural health clinics (RHC) are eligible to apply for this program, if they also meet the geographic eligibility requirement (described below).  CAH can be found at this link:  RHC can be found at this link:

If the applicant is a nonprofit entity, one of the following documents must be included in Attachment 1 to document nonprofit status (will not count toward the page limit).

A letter from the IRS stating the organization’s tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3);

A copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate;

Statement from a state taxing body, state attorney general or other appropriate state official certifying that the applicant organization has a nonprofit tax status and that none of the next earnings accrue to any private shareholders or individuals;

A certified copy of the organization’s certificate of incorporation or similar document if it clearly establishes the nonprofit status of the organization; or

If the applicant is an affiliate of a parent organization, a copy of the parent organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) Group Exemption Letter; and if owned by an urban parent, a statement signed by the parent organization that the applicant organization is a local nonprofit affiliate.

If the applicant is a public entity, proof of nonprofit status is not


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