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February 25, 2017

Grant Resources

The Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care supports rural health grant writers by providing education, workshops, and scholarships; disseminating information regarding grant opportunities; and providing technical assistance.

Grant Opportunities

  • The Rural Health Care Access Program (RHCAP) exists to assist rural and underserved Idaho communities in improving access to primary medical and dental health care. RHCAP awards are limited to a maximum of $35,000 for a one-year funding cycle. The application period is from July 1 - August 30 every year and for the FY 2016 cycle, projects must be initiated and completed between November 1, 2016 and June 6, 2017. Proposed projects are required to address needs in areas designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas (MUA). Applicants may submit grant proposals that improve access to primary care and/or dental health services in any of the three assistance categories (Idaho Code 39-5906). 
  • The Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP) offers an opportunity for medical education debt repayment for rural physicians who practice primary/dental care medicine in an Idaho federally-designated health professional shortage area (HPSA) that demonstrates a need for assistance in physician recruitment. “Primary care medicine” for the purposes of RPIP means family medicine, general internal medicine and general pediatrics. If there is a demonstrated high level of need in an eligible area as determined by the board, it may also include obstetrics and gynecology, general psychiatry, general surgery, dental and emergency medicine. As of July 1, 2015, RPIP awards are limited to a maximum of $100,000 payable over a four year period in exchange for a service obligation. The application period is from July 1 - August 30 every year.  Awarded funds are disbursed at the end of each year following the term of service. Program authorization can be found in Idaho Code 39, Chapter 59( 
  • State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) 

    Now includes Registered Nurses and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

    SLRP is a multi-discipline, state-based loan repayment program for nurses, clinicians, and physicians working in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. Loan repayment is provided through a federal grant, every award must be matched $1 to $1 with funds provided by the practitioner’s employer. Participating sites must implement a sliding fee scale for low income and uninsured patients and accept Medicare and Medicaid. Loan repayment awards may range from $5,000-$25,000 per year for two years. A two-year service obligation is required and sites must submit biannual reports during the funding period. Participants currently receiving loan repayment and fulfilling a service obligation are not eligible.