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North Carolina Rural Health Centers Program - Medical Access Plan and Project Grants

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North Carolina Office of Rural Health
Apr 6, 2020

Dorothea Brock

Monifa Charles


The North Carolina Office of Rural Health provides funding for state-designated rural health centers which provide access to underserved populations who would otherwise be unable to receive needed primary care services due to geographic, economic, or other barriers. The program supports the development of sustainable models of care and partnerships with community-based organizations to secure access to transportation, food, housing, and personal violence resources.

There are three funding options currently available:

  • Medical Access Plan (MAP) - Assists North Carolina residents that cannot afford primary healthcare coverage by providing reimbursement for the following medically necessary onsite, face-to-face encounters: x-rays, in-house labs, surgery, practice provider services, prophylaxis, and telemedicine.
  • Behavioral Health Funds Assists North Carolina residents that cannot afford behavioral health and mental health counseling services by providing reimbursement for on-site, face-to-face behavioral health encounters with the following providers: licensed social workers, advanced practice registered nurses, and psychiatrists.
  • Project Funds focus on:
    • Becoming recognized as a National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient Centered Medical Home
    • Creation and implementation of technological infrastructure to improve quality of and enhance access to care
    • Improving a practice's efficiencies, effectiveness, transformation, sustainability, quality or access to care and providing funds to hire and retain professional services, such as legal aid, actuarial services, and other professional services deemed necessary
    • Supporting innovative strategies including but not limited to Healthy Opportunities screening, telehealth, telepsychiatry, community paramedicine, integrated care, opioid disorder treatment, incorporating community health workers into care, collaboration with community-based organizations, staffing and contract services, and use of the NC HealthConnex health information system

Project Fund recipients are strongly encouraged to address specific items identified from the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) practice assessment or another assessment report.

Applicants may apply for MAP and Project funding within the same application.


North Carolina Office of Rural Health state-designated, 501(c)(3) rural health centers may apply.

Geographic coverage
North Carolina
Amount of funding

The maximum total for each grant award is dependent upon demonstrated need at the rural health center and is contingent upon funding availability.

Application process
Tagged as
Access · Behavioral health · Health information technology · Healthcare facilities · Healthcare quality · Integrated service delivery · Medical homes · Mental health · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Primary care · Substance use and misuse · Technology for health and human services · Telehealth · North Carolina

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