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Rural Health Network Development Planning Funding Opportunity

Aug 31, 2018

Application Deadline: November 30, 2018

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy announced FY 2019 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program funding. This grant opportunity supports the development of an integrated healthcare network and aims to assist rural healthcare providers and healthcare service organizations to better align resources and strategies.

The program brings together key parts of a rural healthcare delivery system. In particular, entities that may not have formally collaborated in the past will work together to establish and improve local capacity and coordination of care. The program will support one year of planning with the primary goal of helping networks create a foundation for their infrastructure and effectively focus member efforts to address important regional or local community health needs.

The Rural Health Network Development Planning Program will provide approximately $2.2 million in federal funding to rural communities across the U.S. The program will award up to 22 programs for this funding cycle. Funded programs support statutory charges, including achieving efficiencies; expanding access to, coordinating, and improving the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthening the rural healthcare system as a whole. Programs under previous funding opportunities have focused on a variety of healthcare needs, including behavioral health, care coordination, infrastructure, health information technology, and health education. The deadline to submit an application is November 30, 2018.


Technical Assistance Webinar

The technical assistance webinar is October 16 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central.


For more information, contact Sara Afayee at (301) 945-4169 or

Additional Support

If you are interested in applying for this funding or if you wish to obtain a letter of support, contact Brad Gibbens, deputy director, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences at or (701) 777-2569.