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Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program


Program Overview

The Rural Health Care Services Outreach (Outreach) Program is authorized by Section 330A of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254c), as amended. The purpose of the Outreach program is to promote rural health care services outreach by expanding health care delivery to include new or enhanced services in rural areas. Funding may be used to conduct health screenings, health fairs, education and training of providing and any other health service delivery activity that does not involve inpatient care. Projects are based on evidence-based or promising practice models and demonstrate health status improvement in rural communities. The community being served must be involved in the development and ongoing operations of the program, to appropriately address the needs of the population. This is a three-year grant program with individual grant awards limited to a maximum of $150,000 a year.


Lead applicants must be:

  • Located in a Rural County or Eligible Rural Census Tract within an urban county; and
  • Public and non-profit entities including faith-based and community organizations; and
  • In a consortium with at least two additional, separate organizations. These two other organizations can be rural, urban, non-profit or for-profit. The consortium should include three or more health care providers that provide or support the delivery of health care.


The next competitive grant Request for Proposal is expected to be available in Summer/Fall 2014 for a May 1, 2015 start date.

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