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Rural Northern Border Region Planning Program

We fund this program to help health care organizations plan and identify rural health issues in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. These are the areas the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) serves.

What’s the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC)?

The NBRC is a federal-state partnership for economic and community development.

What do our grantees do?

Grantees focus on health care development activities within the four-state NBRC region. They conduct community needs assessments. They build relationships with stakeholders and community members.

Which counties does each state serve?


State Counties
Maine Androscoggin1, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot1, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington counties
New Hampshire Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coös, Grafton, and Sullivan counties
New York Cayuga, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer1, Jefferson1, Lewis, Livingston1, Madison1, Montgomery, Niagara1, Oneida1, Orleans1, Oswego1, Rensselaer2, Saratoga2, Schenectady2, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Sullivan, Washington1, Warren1, Wayne1, and Yates1 counties
Vermont Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin1, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham, and Windsor counties

1 HRSA-designated partially rural counties located in the NBRC service area.

2 HRSA-designated non-rural (urban) counties.

Who could apply?

Applicants who were eligible for the FY 2021 awards:

  • Domestic public or private, non-profit, or for-profit entities. They must have experience serving, or the capacity to serve, rural underserved populations.
  • Located in a rural or urban area within the identified counties and states of the NBRC service area.
  • Represented a group of participants that included at least three or more health care provider organizations.
  • Not previously awarded under this subsection for the same or similar project. Previously awarded entities may apply to expand the scope of the project or the area that will be served through the project.

Find full eligibility requirements in our Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Who received FY 2021 awards?

In fiscal year 2021, we awarded about $760,000.

Organization City State Amount
Bi-State Primary Care Association, Inc. Bow NH $189,892
Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Lebanon NH $189,833
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Augusta ME $190,000
Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, Inc. Watertown NY $190,000

Contact Us

Maribel Nunez
Public Health Analyst
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Phone: 301-443-0466

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