Service Area Competition -- HRSA-18-026

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Service Area Competition (SAC) under the Health Center Program. The purpose of this grant program is to improve the health of the Nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by assuring continued access to affordable, quality primary health care services.

The Health Center Program is authorized by section 330 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 254b). Through SAC, organizations compete for Health Center Program operational support to provide comprehensive primary health care services to defined service areas and patient populations.

The Health Center Program funding targets the Nation’s high need geographic areas and populations by currently supporting nearly 1,400 health centers that operate more than 10,400 service delivery sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. More than 24 million patients, including medically underserved and uninsured or underinsured patients, receive accessible, affordable, quality primary health care services through the Health Center Program.

Deadline: Nov. 6, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

1) You must be a public or nonprofit private entity, as demonstrated through the submission of the Evidence of Non-profit/Public Center Status outlined in Section 11). Faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.3

2) You must propose to operate a health center that makes all required primary health care services available and accessible in the service area, either directly or through established arrangements, without regard for ability to pay.4 You may not propose to provide ONLY a single service or any subset of the required primary health care services.

3) You must provide continuity of services, ensuring availability and accessibility in the service area, by proposing to serve an announced service area and its patients identified in the SAAT.

Amount Description

Approximately $214.5 million is expected to be available annually to fund 81 recipients. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to the Total Funding listed in the SAAT for the proposed service area in total cost (includes both direct and indirect, facilities and administrative costs) per year. The actual amount available will not be determined until enactment of the final FY 2018 federal appropriation.

Funding Type



Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

November 6, 2017