Funding Opportunities

National  |  Regional  |  Statewide/Local

As part of our mission to ensure the financial sustainability of Louisiana's Community Health Centers, we strive to provide you with the latest, most up to date, information on funding opportunities from various different sources and organizations.  Below you'll find a list of grant opportunities.  We will update this list weekly with new listings and funding opportunity announcements.


National Funding Opportunities

Health Resources & Services Administration:  Open Opportunities

HRSA makes grants to organizations to improve and expand health care services for underserved people, focusing on the following program areas:  health workforce, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, office of the administrator, primary health care/health centers, rural health, healthcare systems, and organ donation.

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HHS:  Prevention of Opioid Misuse in Women

The Office on Women’s Health anticipates funding up to 12 projects (cooperative agreements) to prevent the misuse of opioids by women across their lifespans. Projects must focus on primary or secondary prevention efforts only and include partnership and collaboration components. Regional, state, local, and community organizations should propose organized activities to achieve this goal through:

  • program development and implementation,
  • health education targeting health professionals and/or women directly, or
  • policy efforts to support primary and/or secondary prevention.
All projects will include an evaluation component. All projects will seek to include socioeconomic diversity and consider cultural and social determinants that may function as barriers to prevention and treatment, such as the fear of criminalization of substance abuse, negative stigma associated with substance abuse, and the implicit and systemic bias of health professionals and health.

April 7, 2017

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Merck & Co.:  Bridging the Gap:  Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care

The goal of this initiative is to improve access to high-quality diabetes care and reduce health disparities among vulnerable and underserved populations with type 2 diabetes in the United States. The Foundation is committing $10 million over five years to support Bridging the Gap and its program partners in selected communities across the country.

Build sustainable partnerships between the health care sector and other sectors to address the medical and social determinants of health.
Redesign health care systems, including the transformation of primary care, to improve diabetes care delivery for vulnerable and underserved populations.
Increase access to high-quality health care for adults with type 2 diabetes and related comorbidities and complications.
Improve health outcomes for individuals with type 2 diabetes through measures such as better glucose and lipid control.

April 17, 2017

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Regional Funding Opportunities

No opportunities listed at this time.


Statewide/Local Funding Opportunities


Louisiana Children's Trust Fund:  Funding Opportunity

Do you need funding to operate or enhance your community-based program that helps to prevent child abuse or neglect?  The Louisiana Children's Trust Fund is seeking eligible applicants from public agencies and non-profit organizations with 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status.  (Ideal opportunity for school-based health center)

February 23, 2017

Rapides Foundation:  Healthcare Access Initiative

Access to quality healthcare is important to reduce health disparities and improve health status for people in The Rapides Foundation service area. The Foundation's most recent Community Health Assessment showed 36.8% of people reported difficulty in accessing healthcare services in 2013. While this is an improvement in healthcare access from 2010, the numbers of people in Low and Very Low Income homes who report difficulty accessing care remain quite high.  Chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension have been and continue to be a serious health problem throughout the state, including The Rapides Foundation service area, and are disproportionately present in communities served by Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).

Letters of Intent under this Request for Proposals (RFP) will be accepted if they address one or more of the following focus areas:
 1. Strategic Planning for Expanded or Improved FQHC services
 2. Expansion of Services or Facilities
 3. Improved Quality Measures
Applicants should review the Request for Proposals found in the Key Documents box (in right column) to see full details, application options, and LOI requirements.
Grant Awards
This is a competitive grant application process and available grant funding from The Rapides Foundation is limited. All submissions will be reviewed and awarded based on a two-stage process comprised of submission of a Letter of Intent explaining the proposed project, with approved Letters of Intent invited to submit a Full Proposal Package for Foundation review. Upon Foundation approval of Full Proposals, funds for project implementation will be awarded through a Program Opportunity Grant with funding of up to $300,000 per year over a three year period.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
1. Eligible applicants are:
a. Grant-supported Federally Qualified Health Centers
b. Health Centers identified by HRSA and certified by CMS as meeting the definition of "health center" under Section 330 of the PHS Act.
c. Hospital Service Districts for the purposes of this RFP are defined as a hospital owned by a city, parish or political subdivision of the state of Louisiana.
2. Proposed projects must be located in and serve patients in the nine-parish service area of The Rapides Foundation. (Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn.)

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