Communities Connecting to Care

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The South Carolina Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare celebrates the vibrancy and resiliency of rural communities in South Carolina; however, also recognizes the health challenges and inequities faced by rural and underserved populations in our state. To support communities addressing these challenges and building upon promising and successful programs, CRPH has a new funding opportunity to engage community partners to build more equitable and resilient community health systems that better serve rural and underserved groups.

The Communities Connecting to Care Program seeks to support community health improvement programs that connect people to health-related and healthcare services where they live and to address rural health disparities. CRPH is interested in programs that identify and implement community-driven solutions and best practices that can be adopted by other rural communities, expanded into a larger context, and/or inform public policy. We encourage the submission of a diverse group of proposals to improve health in rural communities. Proposals that are led by, or have an established relationship with, organizations based in rural communities will receive priority for funding. We seek applications that have clearly defined objectives, results-oriented activities, and meaningful health outcomes.

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Award Information

The Center expects to award 4- 6 proposals. Up to $800,000 will be distributed via this cooperative agreement. Programs may be up to 2 years, with total costs up to $200,000 for the total project period. The Center also welcomes submissions for pilot programs that are smaller in scope, budget amount, and/or time duration.

What We Fund

We aim to fund programs that utilize innovative solutions or best practices to improve health access and/or health outcomes for rural communities, patients, or populations. We fund direct costs only to include:

  • Staff salary and fringe
  • Supplies and a limited amount of equipment vital to the project (equipment must be specifically requested and justified)
  • Project-related travel
  • Advertising and outreach related to grant-supported services

What We Do Not Fund

  • Projects centered on one-touch events (health fairs, conferences, etc.)
  • Programs or activities that solely target non-rural populations
  • Capital projects or funds for facilities
  • Indirect/overhead costs
  • Salaries for personnel not directly involved with the project
  • Medical care costs
  • Research projects

Important Dates

September 1, 2022

Online application is available via Submittable


November 1, 2022

Online application due by 5:00 p.m.


Late November 2022

Finalists notified


January 1, 2023

Projects begin