Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (“Network Planning Grant”). The purpose of the Network Planning Program is to promote the planning and development of integrated health care networks to address the following legislative aims: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of basic health care services and associated health outcomes; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

This program supports one year of planning and brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to establish and/or improve local capacity in order to strengthen rural community health interventions and enhance care coordination.

n addition to funding Network Planning programs through the Regular Network Planning track, in FY 2023 the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will also offer an option for applicants to select the Advancing Health Equity (AHE) track2. In addition to addressing the three legislative aims of the regular Network Planning program, applicants will select only one of these two tracks. AHE applicants will seek to coalesce community stakeholders to focus on addressing health equity needs and improve health outcomes for underserved members of rural communities.

The intent of the AHE track is to focus on collaboration between entities to establish or improve local capacity and care coordination among rural Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.

Application Due Date: January 6, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities. Domestic faith-based and community-based, tribes and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply. 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 describe in detail their experience and/or capacity to serve rural populations in the Project Abstract section of the application.

NOTE: Multiple applications from an organization with the same Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) are allowed if the applications propose separate and distinct projects.



Amount Description

HRSA expects approximately $2,000,000 to be available to fund 20 recipients. HRSA expects to award funding to the highest scoring applications in each track. HRSA’s intent is to fund approximately 15 projects in the Regular Network Planning track and no more than five projects in the AHE track. The actual amount available will not be determined until enactment of the final FY 2023 federal appropriation. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $100,000 total cost (reflecting direct and indirect costs) per year. This program notice is subject to the appropriation of funds, and is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, HRSA can process applications and award funds appropriately. The period of performance is July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024 (1 year).

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

January 6, 2023