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Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning (RCORP – Planning)


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Application Deadline: Jul 13, 2020


Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)


Provides funding to help rural communities bring key community organizations together through multi-sector consortiums in order to carry out planning activities that build local capacity to engage high risk populations and provide high-quality prevention, treatment, and recovery services for people with substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD). Aims to prevent SUD and OUD and reduce the negative health impacts of substance misuse and overdose.

Planning activities include but are not limited to:

  • Distributing naloxone
  • Offering naloxone trainings in communities
  • Recruiting and training providers and staff in medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Developing outreach strategies to engage those at high risk of SUD and OUD
  • Partnering with law enforcement to create diversion programs
  • Training providers, staff, and other stakeholders in proper coding and billing to optimize reimbursement for treatment

Part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP), a multi-year initiative focused on overcoming barriers to accessing healthcare services related to SUD, including OUD, in rural areas.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $200,000
Project period: 18 months
Estimated number of awards: 50
Estimated total program funding: $10,000,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include all domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations, and organizations based in the territories and freely associated states, who will serve rural communities at the highest risk for substance use disorder and who meet the RCORP-Planning applicant organization and consortium specifications as described in the grant guidance.

Consortium members may be located in urban or rural areas, but all activities supported by this program must exclusively target populations residing in HRSA-designated rural counties or rural census tracts in urban counties. To determine whether a county or specific address is designated as rural for this funding opportunity, search the location in the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer.

Consortium members should come from multiple sectors and disciplines that can include but are not limited to:

  • Health care providers, such as:
    • Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) or other hospitals
    • Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
    • Local or state health departments
    • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
    • Ryan White HIV/AIDS clinics and community-based organizations
    • Substance abuse treatment providers
    • Mental and behavioral health organizations or providers
    • Opioid Treatment Programs
  • HIV and HCV prevention organizations
  • Single state agencies
  • Prisons
  • Primary Care Offices
  • State Offices of Rural Health
  • Law enforcement
  • Emergency medical services (EMS) entities
  • School systems
  • Primary care associations
  • Poison control centers
  • Maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting program local implementing agencies
  • Healthy Start sites
  • Other social service agencies and organizations

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information is available in the funding announcement.

Applicant frequently asked questions


For programmatic or technical questions:
Sarah O'Donnell, MPH

For grants management or budget questions:
Kimberly Dews

Rural Awards

Examples of past awards rural communities received in FY 2018, 2019, and 2020 are outlined on the program website.

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Community Supervision • Harm Reduction • Infectious Diseases • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Naloxone • Opioids • Overdose Prevention • Prevention • Recovery • Reimbursement and Payment Models • Substance Use Disorder • Syringe Services Programs • Teleservices and Technology • Treatment