New Access Points
There are three ways to become an FQHC.
Successful New Access Point applicants will have 120 days from their award notice, to become operational. FQHC Look Alike applicants must be fully operational at the time they submit their application.
Here is the most recent New Access Point application guidance. There is a three step process involved with applying for any HRSA grant. It is important to begin the process well in advance of the deadline.
Special Populations Funding
HRSA must allocate a percentage of New Access Point funds specifically to serve special populations, including migrant and seasonal farmworkers, homeless individuals and families and residents of public housing. These populations face unique barriers and can be challenging to serve. Applicants for these funds must clearly demonstrate a plan for success, which may require adaptations such as mobile healthcare teams, transportation, language interpretation or other measures.
For organizations in geographic areas with high concentrations of these populations, there are advantages to applying for these dollars. Due to more intensive services, there may be justification to request a higher dollar amount. While these applications are competitive, these “Special population” applications are in a smaller pool of organizations applying for these special funds. All award recipients will be held accountable for the funding they receive; therefore, no one should apply for special population funding unless there is strong data demonstrating that the need exists.
So You Want to Start a Health Center? A Practical Guide for Starting a Federally Qualified Health Centers, NACHC 2011
National Cooperative Agreement Partners Funded by HRSA to provide technical assistance to health centers and communities. Several focus exclusively on farmworkers, homeless or other special populations.
For more information, contact Erin Sologaistoa at Erin@fachc.org
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