Gov. Bill Ritter today announced $1 million in grant funding is now available through the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council for projects that support Colorado's rural health care infrastructure. This is the third cycle of grants through the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Program that will by 2012 deliver a total of $7.5 million to strengthen rural health care services.
"These grants will help rural Coloradans get primary care services where they live and work. It is one of my administration's initiatives to strengthen and mend our state's tattered safety net and have basic health care services available throughout the state," said Gov. Ritter. "Affordable and accessible health care keeps our rural communities healthy and vibrant."
Gov. Ritter created the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council through Executive Order (B 007 07) that is responsible for a grant program funded by the UnitedHealth Group. The grant program funds projects that support Colorado's rural health infrastructure and strengthen the capacity of rural entities to provide primary care services.
Only organizations that are located outside of Colorado's Urbanized Areas and that provide outpatient primary care services – including medical, oral, and mental health services – are eligible to apply. Letters of Intent for the third grant cycle are requested by January 22, 2010; the application deadline is March 11, 2010. The maximum award amount is $50,000 per applicant.
For more information on the Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) grant application process and eligibility requirements, visit CRHC's website at www.coruralhealth.org.