How to Secure Community Health Center Funding

Community Health Center Funding

Community health centers are the fundamental sources for the general public to receive comprehensive, competent and excellent primary healthcare.

These centers also usually allow access to pharmacies, mental healthcare centers, substance abuse rehabilitation, and oral health services.

A community health center is typically established in underserved areas to meet significant healthcare needs.

The vast network of state and federally funded community health centers across the US is a testament to the government’s commitment to providing affordable primary healthcare to all, regardless of their financial, familial, and cultural background.

If you are a medical professional and wish to invest in your community’s healthcare, this article is meant for you.

Community Health Center Funding Opportunities

Here is a list of the most prominent community health center funding opportunities for 2021:

1 – Maternal and Child Health Services

The MCH Services Block Grant Program aims to allow each state to ensure access to quality maternal and child healthcare services for mothers and children, especially in areas prevalent with low-income and limited availability households.

This program is meant to reduce the infant mortality rate, give access to prenatal, delivery and postnatal care to women, increase the number of low-income household children that receive regular health check-ups and provide overall preventive and primary healthcare to mother and child alike.

Visit the HRSA’s official website to learn more about the eligibility criteria and application process.

2 – Service Area Competition

Service Area Competition (SAC) funding helps to continue providing comprehensive, culturally effective, high-quality primary healthcare services to communities and populations served under the Health Center Program.

This initiative awards financial assistance to health centers to maintain or improve the delivery of comprehensive primary healthcare services in areas listed in the Service Area Announcement Table (SAAT).

Any domestic, public, or nonprofit organization that aims to serve in the announced service areas and its population to ensure constant access to quality and affordable healthcare can be eligible for this funding.

The application process for Service Area Competition funding typically involves submitting a detailed application outlining how the health center will meet or continue to meet program requirements for providing comprehensive primary healthcare services.

For more information about this funding opportunity for the community health center, you can call the Health Center Programs Support team at 877-464-4772 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays.

3 – Optimizing Virtual Care

The OVC aims to support the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative, evidence-centric strategies.

These innovative strategies should optimize the use of virtual care to enhance access to and improve clinical quality in underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

This program aims to adapt and scale these innovative strategies across the Health Center Program.

With the help of this fund, community health centers can create, implement and evaluate different ways to optimize the applications of virtual care in providing primary healthcare at community health centers across the US.

To be eligible for this grant, applicants must be an existing Health Center Program award recipient and current recipients of operational (H80) funding under section 330(e), (g), (h), and/or (i) of the Public Health Service Act.

4 – Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network

The Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network aims to coordinate the children’s hospitals and communities in preparing for and responding to global health threats.

The Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network focuses on enhancing coordination, preparedness, response, and dissemination of pediatric care best practices during pandemics.

The number of children’s hospitals included in the network and their specific roles should be confirmed with the current details of the Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network, as it might include more or fewer hospitals depending on the program’s scope and reach at any given time.

Using this initiative, the government plans to strengthen the network of children’s (pediatric) hospitals and clinics so that the healthcare needs of children are met promptly.

Eligibility for this funding typically requires affiliation with a children’s hospital or a university that partners with one, focusing on pediatric healthcare.

Visit the official website of the HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration) to learn the eligibility criteria for the Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network.


The state and federal governments are focused on improving the country’s primary healthcare system. This effort requires cooperation and collaboration with local community health centers across the US.

If you are part of a community healthcare center, you should apply for these grants to ensure better healthcare quality in your community and region.

See Also

Hardship Grants

Breast Cancer Grants

Hardship Grants for Single Mothers

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