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Rural Health Care Access Program (RHCAP)

Grants to Idaho Nonprofits and Agencies to Increase
Healthcare Availability in Underserved Regions

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Idaho Department of Health and Welfare - Idaho Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care

Deadline Date:

08/30/19 5:00 PM Mountain Time - Receipt


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Grants of up to $35,000 to Idaho nonprofit organizations to enhance access to dental health care and primary medical care for underserved and rural communities. Program categories include telehealth and community development projects.

Proposed projects are required to address needs in areas designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) or Medically Underserved Areas (MUA). Applicants may submit grant proposals that improve access to primary care and/or dental health services in any of the three assistance categories (Idaho Code 39-5906):

  • Telehealth projects (must improve access to primary care and/or dental health services)
  • Community development projects
  • Other (may include clinician loan repayment, recruitment and retention incentives, etc.)

RHCAP seeks to improve access to primary medical and dental care by strengthening healthcare systems, removing barriers that prevent people from obtaining healthcare, and developing partnerships to better serve communities. Barriers may be socioeconomic, cultural, geographic, or reflect the inadequate availability of practitioners. Although access barriers to mental health services may exist, the RHCAP statute limits projects exclusively to primary medical care and dental health services (Idaho Code 39-5902). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173044

Estimated Size of Grant:

RHCAP awards are limited to a maximum of $35,000.

Term of Contract:

For the FY 2020 cycle, projects must be initiated and completed between November 1, 2019 and June 5, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be nonprofit entities registered with the Idaho secretary of state or government organizations. Individuals may not apply for RHCAP funds (Idaho Code 39-5907).

Primary medical care projects must serve an area designated as an Idaho Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or Medically Underserved Area (MUA). Dental health projects must serve an area designated as an Idaho Dental HPSA. Please see the following maps indicating areas of the state that are eligible to apply.

No funds awarded under a grant may be used for purchase, construction, renovation or improvement of real property or for projects which are solely or predominantly designed for the purchase of equipment. Use of funds for the purchase of equipment may be allowed when such equipment is an essential component of a program. However, the purchase of equipment may not represent more than forty percent (40%) of the total annual share of a proposal. Indirect costs shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the all the direct costs related to the project.

Applications requesting funds to improve access to mental health or psychiatric services will not be reviewed.

Pre-Application Information:

Eligible areas will be announced every year before or on May 1. Grant guidance and application will be released every year before or on July 1.

Applications must be received by post or delivery to the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care on or before: Friday, August 30, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Applications received after this date and time will not be considered. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted or reviewed. Applicants will receive an email with a card verifying receipt of the application within one week and notified of application status by October 30, 2019.

A nonprofit or government organization may apply for loan repayment for an eligible practitioner and that same practitioner (if eligible) may apply for the Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP); however, only one application may be funded. A practitioner cannot receive funding from both programs simultaneously. Please specify in the RHCAP application if the physician is also applying for RPIP funding.

The Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care (BRH-PC) can provide general technical assistance and aid in the application process. Contact the BRH-PC for questions and assistance.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be submitted, by post or delivery, to:

Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care
Attn: Tonne McCoy – Health Program Manager
450 W. State St. – 4th Floor
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0036

Contact the BRH-PC at (208) 334-0669 or for questions and assistance.

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USA: Idaho