Beacon Communities - Community Health Peer Learning Program


The Community Health Peer Learning Program will provide funding to a single awardee to: 1) Leverage and build upon health care delivery and practice transformation programs introduced through the Beacon Community Program; 2) Engage up to 15 communities addressing health challenges at the population level through a community-based collaborative approach; and 3) Identify data solutions, accelerate community progress and disseminate local learning to communities through the development of shared learning resources around population health challenges.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Office of the Secretary
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Division A, Title XIII, Part HITECH Act, Section 3011, Public Law 111-5.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The lead applicant must be a US-based non-profit organization or state, local, tribal or territorial government entity. Private providers and insurers will be encouraged to participate in the consortia.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The identification and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned will directly benefit organizations and communities advancing health information technology and exchange. The knowledge attained by these awarded communities will, in turn, benefit the nation’s communities as a whole.
If an applicant is a US-based non-profit entity it must provide documentation of its 501C (3) status or IRS determination letter, IRS tax exemption certificate, or letter from state taxing body verifying tax-exempt status. If the proposal is on behalf of a consortium, there must be letters of commitment from all members of the consortium which include their tax status. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is excluded from Executive Order 12372.

Applications are solicited by a program announcement. The availability of this announcement will be broadly published, including by posting on

All timely applications from eligible entities that conform to the requirements of the program announcement will be forwarded to a merit review committee which will make funding recommendations, based on the merits of the applications. The selection of awardees will be made by the Secretary of HHS, or designee.
Award Procedure
Following objective review of applications, those applicants whose applications have been selected by the Secretary of HHS (or designee) for funding will receive a Notice of Award signed by an HHS Grants Management Officer. The Notice of Award, which is sent to the applicant’s Authorized Organizational Representative, is the only official notification of award. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised by letter.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Specific, detailed criteria for determining the merit of applications will be made available in the program announcements for this program. In general, all applicants are required to demonstrate capability to achieve specific and measurable health outcomes and health care efficiency objectives consistent with health IT enabled performance monitoring, feedback, practice redesign, and care coordination.
How may assistance be used?
Awarded communities must use the funding provided under this program to support health IT and information exchange infrastructure and implement performance measurement, quality improvement, and care coordination programs to achieve improvements in health care quality, safety, efficiency, and population health. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in ARRA may be used by any state or local government, or any private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool. (ARRA Sec. 1604).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program report requirements, if applicable, will be identified in the Program Announcement. The Federal Cash Transaction Report is due 30 days after the end of each quarter (January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30). Progress report requirements, if applicable, will be identified in the Program Announcement. Recipients of Federal awards from funds authorized under Division A of the ARRA must comply with all requirements specified in Division A of the ARRA (Public Law 111-5), including reporting requirements outlined in Section 1512 of the Act. ARRA reports will be required quarterly. Reporting requirements for ARRA programs can be found at: The Federal Financial Report (FFR-425) is also due within 90 days after the end of the applicable 12-month period (January 30). Applicants will submit annual progress reports as outlined in the Program Announcement.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Grantees are required to maintain records for a minimum of 3 years from the submission date of the final financial report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the record has been started before the expiration of the 3- year period, the records shall be retained until the completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it or until the end of the regular 3 year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. There is no match required for this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards will be made for a 24 month project period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Via Payment Management System (PMS).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Attn: Community Health Peer Learning Program Manager.
Headquarters Office
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 330 C Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: 202-690-7151
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $2,226,818; and FY 16 est $536,828
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Award in the amount of $2,226,818 to a single Community Health Peer Learning Program awardee granted in Fiscal Year 2015.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200, 45 CFR Part 75, and the HHS Grants Policy Statement located at: There are no program regulations.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.