The Rural Health Network Development Planning Program provides grants to promote the planning and development of healthcare networks.

The major focus of the Network Planning Grant is to support multiple (at least 3) rural healthcare entities that have not previously collaborated in a formal manner, but want to work together and form a healthcare network. The grant program supports one year of planning to develop and assist healthcare networks in becoming operational.

Grantees may use funds to conduct planning activities that support at least one of the following:

  • Achieve efficiencies – Focus on identifying ways to achieve better system efficiencies and improve regional and/or local rural healthcare services through collaboration, access to additional services, and quality improvement
  • Expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services – Focus on ways to build capacity and a network infrastructure that enables entities to coordinate care and increase access to care for rural communities both locally and regionally
  • Strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole – Focus on ways to enhance community and partner relationships to promote involvement and participation in network planning activities aiming to strengthen the regional healthcare system

The applicant organization must be a rural nonprofit organization, public entity, or federally recognized tribe that represents a consortium/network of 3 or more healthcare providers that has not previously received funding through this program.

The applicant organization must be located in a non-metropolitan county or in a rural census tract of a metropolitan county, and all services must be provided in a non-metropolitan county or rural census tract.

Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Award Ceiling: $100,000
Project period: 1 year
Estimated Number of Awards: 20
Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,000,000

According to the application instructions:

“The FY2020 President’s Budget does not request funding for this program. This notice is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, HRSA can process applications and award funds in a timely manner. You should note that this program may be cancelled prior to award.”

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Applicants are required to notify the appropriate State Office of Rural Health (SORH)of an intent to apply to this program. A copy of the letter of intent sent to the SORH and any response received must be included as an attachment to the application. Letter of intent procedures for U.S. territories that do not have a SORH are available in the application instructions.

Applicant webinar
October 16, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Call-in number: 800.369.1860
Participant code: 4620596