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Rural HIV/AIDS Planning Program


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Application Deadline: Jul 10, 2020


Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)


Awards funds to support planning activities for the development of formal, integrated health networks in rural communities to provide coordinated HIV care and treatment. Assists rural healthcare providers in collaborating and leveraging resources in order to address community health needs for early diagnosis, comprehensive HIV care, and support services, including substances use treatment, stigma, transportation, and other HIV-related issues. Supports planning activities in 7 states with disproportionate rural rates of HIV infection, as identified by the federal Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative.

Integrated rural HIV health networks developed under this program support the following goals:

  • Expand access to HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and support services
  • Enhance network sharing services, service coordination and integration
  • Increase use of health information technology, such as CDC data to care models
  • Utilize telemedicine models for HIV training and care
  • Partner with Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients
  • Explore innovative healthcare delivery models
  • Create viable, sustainable business models
  • Achieve efficiencies and promote quality across the continuum of HIV care

Planning activities include but are not limited to:

  • Business plan development
  • Community needs assessment
  • Network organizational assessment
  • Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis
  • Health information technology (HIT) readiness assessment

The program encourages innovative partnerships between applicants, their State Office of Rural Health (SORH), and other state and local stakeholders. Innovative plans are also encouraged that address the specific needs of a wide range of underserved, rural population groups, including but not limited to:

  • Men who have sex with men
  • African Americans
  • Hispanic/Latinos
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Persons who inject drugs
  • Transgender women
  • Persons at risk for HIV

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $100,000
Project period: 1 year
Estimated number of awards: 10
Estimated total program funding: $1,000,000

Who Can Apply

Private, rural nonprofits and rural public entities are eligible to apply as applicant organizations. Federally recognized tribal entities are eligible if they are located in a non-metropolitan county or in a rural census tract of a metropolitan county, and all services are provided in a non-metropolitan county or rural census tract. Applicants can determine their rural eligibility status by using the HRSA Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer. Rural organizations owned by or affiliated with an urban entity or healthcare system may apply for this opportunity if the rural entity has its own Employer Identification Number (EIN).

Applicant organizations must represent a network of at least 3 or more separately owned healthcare provider organizations, including the applicant organization. Consortium members may be for-profit or nonprofit organizations and may be located in a rural or urban area. However, the applicant organization must be located in a non-metropolitan county or in a rural census tract of a metropolitan county, as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer. Additional eligibility information and network requirements can be found in the funding announcement.

Examples of eligible network members include:

  • Rural Health Clinics (RHC)
  • Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clinics
  • AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC)
  • CDC HIV award recipients
  • Indian Health Service (IHS) programs
  • Rural health associations
  • Primary Care Associations
  • Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
  • Public health agencies
  • Local or state health departments
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
  • Home health providers
  • Mental health centers
  • Substance use disorder service providers
  • Primary care providers
  • Oral health providers
  • Social service agencies
  • Tribal health programs
  • Social service agencies
  • Health professions schools
  • Local school districts
  • Emergency services providers
  • Community and migrant health centers
  • Civic and faith-based organizations that provide healthcare

Applicants should indicate in the project abstract and Attachment 12 their request for funding preference. Funding preference will be granted to applicants who can demonstrate that they meet at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Qualification 1: Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) preference is given to applicants located in an officially designated HPSA. Applicants can use the HPSA Find tool to determine if an address is located in a HPSA.
  • Qualification 2: Medically Underserved Community/Populations (MUC/MUPs) preference is given to applicants located in a medically underserved community or serves medically underserved populations. Applicants can use the HRSA Shortage Designation Tool to determine if an address is located in a MUC or serves a MUP.
  • Qualification 3: Focus on primary care, wellness and prevention strategies preference is given to programs that focus on primary care and wellness and prevention strategies. Applicants must include a brief justification, no more than 3 sentences, describing how their program focuses on primary care and wellness and prevention strategies.

Geographic Coverage

Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina

What This Program Funds

Capacity Building

Application Process

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

Applicants are required to notify a state appropriate entity, such as a State Office of Rural Health (SORH), of their intent to apply to this program.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Jillian Causey, MHA

For grants management or budget questions:
Jessica Sanders

Rural Awards

Examples of past awards rural communities have received are described on the program website.

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Harm Reduction • Healthcare Facilities • Infectious Diseases • Teleservices and Technology • Treatment