Health Center Program New Access Points (HRSA-19-080) Technical Assistance

Overview

The purpose of the Health Center Program New Access Points (NAP) funding opportunity is to improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by expanding access to affordable, accessible, quality, and cost effective primary health care services. NAP funding provides operational support for new service delivery sites for the provision of comprehensive primary health care services (i.e., new access points). Applicants must propose at least one full-time, permanent new access point site that has primary medical care as its main purpose.

Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, HRSA anticipates awarding approximately $50 million to support an estimated 75 NAP awards in Fiscal Year 2019. The maximum annual funding request is $650,000.  

Who Can Apply?

Organizations eligible to compete for NAP funds include public or nonprofit private entities, including tribal, faith-based, and community-based organizations. Applications may be submitted by new organizations or by existing Health Center Program award recipients to expand their network of service delivery sites to serve additional underserved populations. See Section III in the NAP NOFO for the full list of eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

NAP applications must be submitted via Grants.gov and the HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHBs). To download the Application Package, click on the Grants.gov link below and search on the opportunity number (HRSA-19-080).

Phase 1 - Grants.gov: must be completed and successfully submitted via Grants.gov by March 12, 2019 (11:59 p.m. ET).

Phase 2 - HRSA EHBs: must be completed and successfully submitted by April 11, 2019 (5 p.m. ET).

Technical Assistance Resources

The NAP NOFO details funding requirements, application instructions, and review criteria. In addition, the following resources are useful when developing your NAP application.

  • Frequently Asked Questions - coming soon
  • EHBs NAP Applicant User Guide provides instructions on how to submit in EHBs – (PDF - 4.46 MB)
  • HRSA SF-424 Two-Tier Application Guide provides instructions on how to submit in Grants.gov (PDF - 569 KB)
  • Health Center Program Requirements Resources include Scope of Project documents and the Compliance Manual, which assists health centers in understanding and demonstrating compliance with Health Center Program requirements
  • Unmet Need Score (UNS) Resources: HRSA will use a standardized assessment of primary care need based on public data sources on critical health determinants to automatically generate an unmet need score (UNS) for your NAP application. The UNS for each service area zip code proposed in the application (on Form 5B: Service Sites) is combined to establish the overall UNS for the application, which accounts for up to 20 points in the NEED section of the application score and is a factor in one of the funding priorities.
    • UNS Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides - coming soon
    • UNS Resource Guide – (PDF - 554 KB)
    • UNS Workbook (XLS - 26.5 MB) | UNS Workbook: Demo – Coming soon
    • UNS Frequently Asked Questions - coming soon
  • Priority Point Resources
    • If your proposed NAP full-time service site (as indicated by the site address zip code on Form 5B), is located in a hot spot zip code, HRSA may add 5 points to your application score. See List of Hot Spots. – (XLS - 211 KB)
    • If one of your proposed NAP service sites operating at least 20 hours a week (as indicated by the site address zip code on Form 5B), is located in a Level 4 frontier and remote (FAR) area, HRSA may add 5 points to your application score. See https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/am-i-rural.
    • If your organization was designated as a Health Center Program look-alike prior to October 1, 2018 and meets all 5 criteria listed in the NAP NOFO, HRSA may add 10 points to your application score. See your folder in HRSA EHBs for your scope, compliance, and UDS information.

Application Components

The following samples and templates are for planning purposes only. Applicants must upload attachments and enter information into EHBs as instructed in the NOFO.

Program Specific Forms

Forms collect important data that contribute to a full picture of the proposed project. The following samples and video demos are for planning purposes only. Applicants must enter information into EHBs as instructed in the NOFO.

Performance Measures

The Clinical and Financial Performance Measures forms record the proposed project’s clinical and financial goals.  The following samples and templates are for planning purposes only. Applicants must enter information into EHBs as instructed in the NOFO.

For more information on performance measures, see:

  • Health Center Data for information on the Uniform Data System (UDS), the reporting system for Health Center Program performance measures and patient data
  • UDS Manual for definitions and UDS reporting details
  • Healthy People 2020 for a table outlining the Healthy People 2020 objectives related to Health Center Program performance measures – (PDF - 99 KB)

One-Time Funding

Of the $650,000 maximum, applicants may request one-time funding up to $150,000 in Year 1 only for one-time costs for equipment and/or minor alteration/renovation. The following samples and templates are for planning purposes only. Applicants must enter information into EHBs as instructed in the NOFO.



Register Today

Before you can apply for this funding opportunity, you must be currently registered in DUNS, SAM, Grants.gov, and EHBs.

Be sure to provide complete and consistent information in all systems. If there is a problem anywhere in the process, your registration can take four weeks or longer. Remember you must renew registration in SAM annually!

For your SAM.gov registration, you must provide a notarized letter appointing the authorized Entity Administrator.  Please read these FAQs to learn more.

Before you do anything else, Register & Get Ready.

Contacts

Program Information
NAP Technical Assistance Web Form
301-594-4300
NAP Response Team
HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care
Office of Policy and Program Development

Budget Information
Terry Hatchett and Brian Feldman
HRSA Division of Grants Management Operations
Office of Federal Assistance Management
301-443-7525 and 301-443-3190
THatchett@hrsa.gov and BFeldman@hrsa.gov

EHBs Application Assistance
Health Center Program Support Web Form
877-464-4772, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET (excluding federal holidays)