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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 Idahocommunities in improving access to primary medical and dental health care. RHCAP awards are limited toa maximum of $35,000 for a one-year funding cycle. For the FY 2015 cycle, projects mustbe initiated and completed between November 1, 2014 and June 6, 2015. Proposed projects are requiredto address needs in areas designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) or MedicallyUnderserved Areas (MUA). Applicants may submit grant proposals that improve access to primary careand/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 debtrepayment for rural physicians who practice primary care medicine in an Idaho federally-designatedhealth professional shortage area (HPSA) that demonstrates a need for assistance in physicianrecruitment. “Primary care medicine” for the purposes of RPIP means family medicine, general internalmedicine and general pediatrics. If there is a demonstrated high level of need in an eligible area asdetermined by the board, it may also include obstetrics and gynecology, general psychiatry, generalsurgery and emergency medicine. RPIP awards are limited to a maximum of $50,000 payableover a four year period in exchange for a service obligation. Awarded funds aredisbursed at the end of each year following the term of service in the amount of $12,500. Programauthorization can be found in Idaho Code 39, Chapter 59( 

  • State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is a multi-discipline, state-based loan repayment program for clinicians and physicians working in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. The loan repayment is provided through a federal grant and every award must be matched $1 to $1 with funds provided by the clinician’s employer. Participating sites must implement a sliding fee scale for low income and uninsured patients and accept Medicare and Medicaid. Loan repayment awards can range from $10,000-$25,000 per year for two years, depending on the discipline and matching contribution. A full-time, 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.

  SLRP Frequently Asked Questions