State Offices of Rural Health Program (SORH)


Funding Opportunity ID: 329984
Opportunity Number: HRSA-21-026
Opportunity Title: State Offices of Rural Health Program (SORH)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 93.913
Eligible Applicants: State governments
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: States with State Offices of Rural Health are eligible to apply. Only one applicant from each state is eligible, based on the designation of the governor.
Agency Code: HHS-HRSA
Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration
Posted Date: Nov 23, 2020
Close Date: Feb 01, 2021
Last Updated Date: Nov 23, 2020
Award Ceiling: $230,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $11,500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 50
Description: This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) Program. Federally funded since 1991, the purpose of the SORH Program is to assist states in strengthening rural health care delivery systems by maintaining a focal point for rural health in each state. The program provides funding for an institutional framework that links small rural communities with state and federal resources to develop long-term solutions to rural health programs. This competing continuation provides instructions for applying for a new five-year period. Authorizing legislation provides that each SORH must conduct the following activities: 1) Maintain within the state a clearinghouse for collection and disseminating information on: (a) rural health care issues; (b) research findings relating to rural health care; and (c) innovative approaches to the delivery of health care in rural areas; 2) Coordinate the activities carried out in the state that relate to rural health care, including providing coordination for the purpose of avoiding redundancy in such activities; and 3) Identify federal and state programs regarding rural health and provide technical assistance to public and non-profit private entities regarding participation in such programs. The legislation also allows that each SORH may conduct activities pertaining to recruiting and retaining health professionals to serve in rural areas of the state and provide contracts to public and non-profit private entities to carry out SORH activities.
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