Development and Coordination of Rural Health Services


The purpose of this program is to serve as a national clearinghouse for information on rural health to support access to healthcare and improve population health in rural communities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 The RHIhub website was visited over 1.9 million times from June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023, with more than 3.6 million pageviews. The Evidence-Based Toolkits section now contains 27 toolkits intended to help rural communities successfully implement health interventions. The Rural Health Literacy toolkit was launched in August 2022 and the Rural Health Equity toolkit was launched in October 2022. The Emergency Preparedness and Response toolkit was also added to the website in November. The available toolkits have had 1,730,718 page views from June 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023.
Social Security Act, Section 711, as amended, (42 U.S.C. 912).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include domestic public, private and nonprofit entities. Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The National Rural Health Information Clearinghouse is a gateway to information on rural health and social services for residents in rural areas of the United States and for all others interested in these issues.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA notice of funding opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.
Award Procedure
Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Up to 6 months.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications will be reviewed and rated on the applicant's ability to address the following areas to: (1) develop and maintain a rural health information clearinghouse; (2) track emerging and ongoing rural health issues and identify ways to solicit and distribute information for key stakeholders concerned about rural health care; (3) work collaboratively with FORHP to prioritize key issues and develop information resources to share with callers and web users; (4) gather, organize, and index information from a wide range of sources that deal with aspects of rural health care; (5) make referrals, avoid duplication of services, and ensure that rural residents are directed to appropriate resources for their information needs; (6) provide support to the "Improve Rural Health Care" Initiative and play a key role in broadly disseminating promising practices from rural communities; and (7) experience in working with the full range of key rural interest groups, along with knowledge of rural health and of the key individuals and organizations involved in ensuring availability of health care in rural areas.
How may assistance be used?
All funds awarded are to be expended solely for carrying out the approved activities in accordance with the intent of the cooperative agreement as stipulated in the notice of award.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Awardees are required to maintain grant accounting records for 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until 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
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made annually for a project period of up to 5 years. Awardees drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Sarah Scott, Program Coordinator, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17W41D
Rockville, MD 20857 US
Phone: (301)287-2619
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$3,750,000.00; FY 23 est $3,485,000.00; FY 24 est $3,000,000.00; FY 21$2,960,000.00; FY 20$3,000,000.00; FY 19$2,500,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average award is $3,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for state, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable. Awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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