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State Offices of Rural Health Coordination and Development Program (SORHCDP)

Contract for Services to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, IHE, Hospital,
or Research Institution to Build the Capacity of Rural Health Offices

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US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Hospital State Division

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12/20/19 11:59 PM ET


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Contract for services to a USA nonprofit, faith-based, or community organization, agency, IHE, research institution, or hospital to build the capacity of rural health offices. Funding is intended to strengthen leadership, promote collaboration, offer education on emerging health issues and policy, and support the core functions of the 50 State Offices of Rural Health (SORH). Substantial involvement is anticipated between HRSA and the recipient during performance of the contemplated project.

The goals of the SORHCDP are to support the 50 SORH and rural stakeholders nationwide to better coordinate and improve rural health services by:

  1. Providing leadership development at national, regional, state, and local levels to increase the impact of SORH;
  2. Facilitating partnerships and collaboration at the national, regional, state and local levels to improve the exchange of information and best practices that support rural health;
  3. Assisting in the coordination of rural health care through education on policy and emerging health issues; and
  4. Providing capacity development for SORH core functions to improve SORH efficiency.

The cooperative agreement recipient’s responsibilities will include:

  • Working collaboratively with HRSA, responding to HRSA requests, comments, and questions on a timely basis;
  • Working collaboratively with all 50 SORH and rural stakeholders nationwide;
  • Supporting SORH in collecting and disseminating information, coordinating activities, building collaborative partnerships, convening stakeholders, and providing leadership development to improve rural health;
  • Engaging SORH and rural stakeholders in the planning, execution and evaluation of activities, including the identification of education needs and development of high quality and relevant products, in coordination with HRSA; 
  • Providing capacity building, education, and leadership development activities to all 50 SORHs and rural stakeholders;
  • Maintaining projects that will help support engagement with SORH and rural stakeholders in a broad range of activities; and
  • Convening SORH and key rural health stakeholders across the local, regional, state, and national levels.

For information regarding HRSA program involvement, see Page 2 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186923

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to one cooperative agreement

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $750,000 per year subject to the availability of appropriated funds

Term of Contract:

August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2025 (5 years).


  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • Domestic public or private and non-profit entities
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Local Governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include domestic public, private and nonprofit organizations including domestic faith-based and community organizations, state governments and their agencies such as universities, colleges, research institutions, hospitals, local governments or their bona fide agents. Federally recognized tribal governments, tribes, and tribal organizations are also eligible.

You cannot use funds under this notice for the following purposes:
1) Purchasing or improving real estate
2) Foreign travel

Pre-proposal Conference:

HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance webinar:

Day and Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Time: 2– 3 p.m. ET
Call-In Number: 877-918-6634
Participant Code: 7240138
Playback Number: 1- 800-513-1167

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is December 20, 2019, at 11:59 PM ET. HRSA suggests submitting applications to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

HRSA will issue the Notice of Award (NOA) prior to the start date of August 1, 2020.

Applicants must ensure that their and registrations and passwords are current. HRSA will not approve deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to 1 month to complete.
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:
Victoria Leach, Public Health Analyst
Attn: State Offices of Rural Health Coordination and Development Program
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17N166B
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 945-3988

You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:
Kimberly Dews, Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 10SWH03
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-0655
Email: Contact Center
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726 (International Callers, please dial 606-545-5035)

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming