Funding: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning

Application Deadline: July 13, 2020

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning (RCORP-Planning).  HRSA will award approximately 50 grants to rural communities to enhance capacity to address substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder (OUD).

Successful RCORP-Planning award recipients will receive up to $200,000 over an 18-month period of performance to conduct a series of planning activities, engage multi-sector consortiums, and participate in the RCORP-Planning learning collaborative.  While the focus of RCORP-Planning is primarily OUD, applicants may also choose to address an additional substance of concern in the target population based on identified needs.

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All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, are eligible to apply.  Applicant organizations may be located in an urban or rural area; however, all activities supported by this program must exclusively target HRSA-designated rural areas (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer).   The applicant organization must be able to provide at least two letters of commitment from organizations located within the target rural service area.

Previous recipients or consortium members of RCORP-Planning, Implementation, and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion awards are eligible, but must clearly demonstrate that there is no duplication of effort between the proposed project and any previous RCORP project.  Before applying for RCORP-Planning on, applicants must register in, SAM, and DUNS.  These registration processes can take up to a month to complete.

FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend.  Please see details below and reference page ii in the NOFO for the dial-in and playback information for the webinar.

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