Pursuant to the American Rescue Plan, HRSA is making available federal grant funding for CMS-certified Rural Health Clinics (“RHCs”). The funding is to assist with addressing vaccine hesitancy and to promote increased COVID-19 vaccinations in rural communities. Approximately $100,000,000 is available through the program. HRSA anticipates that each RHC submitting an application will receive approximately $50,000.

Funding is intended to be used for a broad range of efforts to improve health care in rural areas. The goal is to reinforce basic messaging about prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The funding is only to be used for approved and allowable costs. Notably, this award cannot be used to cover the cost of vaccine administration. Allowable costs include, but are not limited to: personnel, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, contractual, and other direct and indirect charges. The performance period for this grant is July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Applications are to be submitted electronically through the HRSA grants.gov portal. The submission deadline is June 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM. HRSA anticipates acceptable applications will be 10-15 pages in length.

Advis is available to answer any questions and to assist with the application process for this additional Federal COVID-19 funding. Contact us online or at (708) 478-7030.

Published: June 10, 2021