Monday, May 20, 2019

Healthcare Access

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.)


Letter of Intent Submission

This funding opportunity is closed. Please check this web page in the future for additional applications periods.

Submit a Full Proposal

This funding opportunity is closed. Please check this web page in the future for additional applications periods.


The Rapides Foundation Programs Department
Phone: 318-443-3394 or 800-994-3394

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