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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.

Current 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. For the FY 2015 cycle, projects must be initiated and completed between November 1, 2014 and June 6, 2015. Proposed projects are required to address needs in areas designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) or 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).

    FY15 RHCAP Grant Guidance and Application
    FY15 RHCAP Application Face Page

  • The Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP) offers an opportunity for medical education debt repayment for rural physicians who practice primary 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 and emergency medicine. RPIP awards are limited to a maximum of $50,000 payable over a four year period in exchange for a service obligation. Awarded funds are disbursed at the end of each year following the term of service in the amount of $12,500. Program authorization can be found in Idaho Code 39, Chapter 59 (

    FY15 RPIP Application