Grants to States for Operation of State Offices of Rural Health

The purpose of the State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) grant program is to assist states in strengthening rural health care delivery systems by maintaining a focal point for rural health within each state.

The program provides funding for an institutional framework that links small rural communities
with state and federal resources to help develop long-term solutions to rural health problems.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Program Contacts: Suzanne Stack Program Coordinator, State Office of Rural Health Grant Program Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration Public Health Service Room 17W25-B, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857 Telephone: (301) 443-4043 E-mail: sstack@hrsa.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Health And Environment, Kansas Department Of $ 1,904,123   1991-08-012021-06-30
Health And Social Services, Alaska Department Of $ 1,903,326   1992-08-012021-06-30
South Carolina Office Of Rural Health $ 1,903,326   1991-08-012021-06-30
Oklahoma State University $ 1,903,324   2002-08-302021-06-30
Colorado Rural Health Center $ 1,903,294   1992-08-012021-06-30
University Of North Dakota $ 1,903,193   1994-08-012021-06-30
Oregon Health & Science University $ 1,903,131   1991-08-012021-06-30
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 1,903,060   1991-08-012021-06-30
Executive Office Of The Governor Of Delaware $ 1,903,004   1993-08-012021-06-30
University Of Kentucky $ 1,902,737   1991-08-012021-06-30



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This is a matching grant program with states to support the establishment and ongoing operation of Offices of Rural Health.

While a wide range of activities can be conducted to address unique state needs, each State Office of Rural Health must: (1) Establish an information clearinghouse for collecting and disseminating information, (2) coordinate state and federal rural health programs throughout the state for the purpose of avoiding duplication, and (3) provide technical assistance that will improve participation in state and federal programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants: All fifty states may apply.

Each state may only submit one application.

Only current SORH awardees may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Underserved populations in rural areas; facilities and services in rural areas.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA notice of funding opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her state for more information on the process the state requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the state has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Public Health Service Act, Section 338J; 42 U.S.C. 254r, as amended by sec. 301 P.L. 105-392.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

6 months.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Awardees may request funding beyond an initial project period by submitting a competing continuation application during a regular competing application cycle. All competitive cycles are contingent upon availability of funds for such purposes.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: States must match not less than $3 for each $1 of federal funds provided in the grant. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant applications should be submitted for up to a 5-year project period. Awards are normally made in a lump sum for an entire 12-month budget period. Payments are made annually either through a letter of credit or cash demand system. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awardees drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

An annual Performance Information Management System report is required within 60 days of end of budget period.

No cash reports are required.

An annual Performance Information Management System report is required within 60 days of end of budget period.

No cash reports are required.

The awardee will be required to submit performance and progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see the program announcement and notice of award for details for each required report).

The awardee must submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter.

A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) according to the following schedule: http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/manage/technicalassistance/federalfinancialreport/ffrschedule.pdf.

A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends.

If applicable, the awardee must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends.

New awards (?Type 1?) issued under this notice of funding opportunity are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub.

L.

109?282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110?252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170.

Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient?s and subrecipient?s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (FFATA details are available online at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html).

Competing continuation awardees, etc.

may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Awardees are required to submit performance monitoring data within 60 days after the end of the budget period.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Awardees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0350-0-1-550.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $8,500,000; FY 17 est $8,587,983; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$165,521 - $179,871.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for state, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable. HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Program Contacts: Suzanne Stack Program Coordinator, State Office of Rural Health Grant Program Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration Public Health Service Room 17W25-B, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857 Telephone: (301) 443-4043 E-mail: sstack@hrsa.gov.

Headquarters Office

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17W45C, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-0835

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(Grants) Grant applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: (1) The extent to which the application is responsive to the requirements and purposes of the program; (2) the extent to which the applicant has developed measurable goals, objectives, and an evaluation plan for the required, and any discretionary, activities; (3) the extent to which the Office is coordinated with, and has the cooperation of, other health entities and activities within the state; (4) the strength of the applicant's plans for administrative and financial management of the Office; (5) the reasonableness of the budget proposed for the Office; and (6) the likelihood that the Office will be continued after federal grant support is completed.



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