FORHP Special Announcement – New Funding Opportunity

May 11, 2021

Rural Northern Border Region Planning Program- Application Deadline June 14

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be making approximately 4 awards of up to $190,000 each for the 2021 Rural Northern Border Region Planning Program. This eighteen-month program will support eligible applicants located in the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) service area to help underserved rural communities identify and better address their health care needs.

The Rural Northern Border Region Planning Program supports planning activities to identify key rural health issues, assess rural health challenges, and engage in strategic planning activities to inform rural health plans across the northern border region.

Eligible organizations must be located in a rural or urban area within the four states of the NBRC service area. These states are Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. All activities supported by this program must be provided in HRSA-designated rural areas (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer) within the NBRC service area.

As FORHP continues to focus on sharing program outcomes, the identification and dissemination of rural evidence-based models maintains a priority. The Rural Health Information Hub (RHI hub) consists of a number of resources, including successful program models and evidence-based toolkits.

FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 2 – 3 P.M. EST. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend. For dial-in information, view the NOFO on, click the Package tab, then Preview, and Download Instructions; technical assistance information is on page (ii).

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Maribel Nunez: or 301-443-0466.