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Funding Announcement: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

Nov 7, 2022

Application Deadline: January 6, 2023

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be making approximately 20 awards of up to $100,000 each for the 2023 Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Program. This four-year program will support integrated healthcare networks who collaborate to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of basic healthcare services and associated health outcomes; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole. HRSA intends for the RHND Program to address gaps in service, enhance systems of care, and expand capacity of the local rural healthcare system.

The RHND Program will focus on the following four program domains:

  • Improve access by addressing gaps in care, workforce shortages, better workflows and/or improving the quality of healthcare services
  • Expand capacity and services by creating effective systems through the development of knowledge, skills, structures, and leadership models
  • Enhance outcomes by improving patient and/or network development outcomes through expanding or strengthening the network's services, activities or interventions
  • Sustainability by positioning the network to prepare for sustainable health programs through value-based care and population health management

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible organizations must be located in a domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based, community-based, tribes and tribal organizations. The applicant organization may be located in a rural or urban area, but must have demonstrated experience serving, or the capacity to serve, rural underserved populations. The applicant organization must represent a network that includes at least three or more healthcare provider organizations and, at least 66% (or two-thirds) of network members must be located in a HRSA-designated rural area.

As FORHP continues to focus on sharing program outcomes, the identification and dissemination of rural evidence-based models maintains a priority. The Rural Health Information Hub consists of a number of resources, including successful program models and evidence-based toolkits.


The deadline to submit an application is January 6, 2023.