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Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part C: Capacity Development Program


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Application Deadline: Feb 22, 2021

Sponsoring Organization



Provides funding to support and enhance infrastructure development and capacity building efforts to develop, improve, or increase access to effective primary healthcare services for individuals with HIV who reside in underserved or rural areas. Aims to support four national goals to help end the HIV epidemic, that include:

  • Decreasing new HIV infections
  • Increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes for people living with HIV
  • Reducing HIV-related health disparities and inequities
  • Achieving a more coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic

Applicants can select one funding category and one activity type to apply under. Program funding categories include:

  • HIV care innovation
  • Infrastructure development

HIV care innovation activities include:

  • Implementing and enhancing community health worker (CHW) services to help meet HIV care needs, including training and professional development for CHWs, integrating CHWs into HIV care teams, and CHW community outreach activities
  • Creating strategies, policies, and practices to enhance the coordination and integration of HIV primary care with oral health and/or behavioral health services
  • Implementing rapid antiretroviral therapy (ART)
  • Planning activities to help youth transition from pediatric to adult HIV care

Infrastructure development activities include:

  • Purchasing dental equipment to build or expand capacity to provide oral health services
  • Developing and implementing emergency preparedness plans, training drills and exercises for personnel, and other emergency planning activities
  • Improving access to healthcare through telemedicine services

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $150,000
Project period: 1 year
Estimated number of awards: Up to 60
Estimated total program funding: $8,000,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Public and nonprofit private entities
  • Faith-based and community-based organizations
  • Tribes and tribal organizations

Foreign entities are not eligible to apply under this funding opportunity.

Applicants can request a funding preference by including a narrative justification as Attachment 7. Funding preference will be granted to any qualified applicant that justifies their qualification for the funding preference by demonstrating that they meet the criteria for preference(s) as follows:

  • Qualification 1: Rural areas - Applicants may request funding preference if they provide primary care services in a rural community. Rural communities are defined as areas that are not designated as metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). MSAs, defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), must include one city with 50,000 or more residents. The U.S. Census Bureau defines MSAs as urbanized areas with at least 50,000 or more residents and a total MSA population of at least 100,000. Rural communities may exist within the broad geographic boundaries of MSAs. Use the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer to determine whether a county or specific address is designated as rural for this funding opportunity.
  • Qualification 2: Underserved populations - Applicants may request funding preference if they provide primary care services to an underserved population. Underserved populations include communities and affected subpopulations that are underserved with respect to HIV related health services. These gaps in HIV related health services must be defined and documented in the application and may include inadequate and/or unavailable services.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Equipment • Training Providers

Application Process

Application requirements, instructions, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar recording and slides


For questions related to business, administrative, or fiscal issues:
Potie Pettway

For programmatic or technical questions:
Mindy Golatt, MPH, MA, RN, CPNP

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in fiscal year (FY) 2020 are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • ARcare in Augusta, Arkansas
  • Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, Maine
  • Robeson Health Care Corporation in Pembroke, North Carolina

Topics This Program Addresses

Emergency Planning • Healthcare Workforce • Infectious Diseases • Infrastructure • Mental Health • Opioids • Substance Use Disorder • Teleservices and Technology