- Need: To help Missouri organizations secure funding to improve health outcomes.
- Intervention: MoCAP provides free grant writing services and technical assistance to eligible organizations and a mailing list of funding opportunities to organizations in its 84-county service area.
- Results: Since 2010, MoCAP has provided support for over 770 proposals and helped bring in more than $330 million in funding.
The Missouri Foundation for Health's MoCAP program helps nonprofit and governmental organizations in its 84-county service area (67 of which are rural) apply for federal/national funding for health programs.
Only organizations located in or providing services within the Missouri Foundation for Health service area are eligible for MoCAP services. The following services are free:
- Grant writing services, like assistance with writing/editing and gathering information
- Technical assistance
Organizations that have previously received MoCAP support can reapply for future assistance and can receive support up to twice per year. Interested organizations within the service area that have not previously worked with MoCAP are asked to complete the potential customer worksheet and specify if they are currently seeking a specific funding opportunity.
Since 2010, MoCAP has provided support for over 770 proposals and helped bring in more than $330 million in funding, including the HRSA Health Center Program New Access Points (NAP) grant for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). MoCAP has helped bring in $11.8 million of NAP funding and establish 19 new FQHCs in the state, most of which were in rural areas.
In addition, MoCAP worked with a number of Missouri rural organizations to submit applications to HRSA's Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). To date, Missouri has received 13 RCORP planning grants (seven in 2018 and six in 2019), with MoCAP providing grant writing and technical assistance on eight of the 13 applications.
In 2021, MoCAP helped the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services receive $36.5 million in funding from the CDC National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities to support the strained public health infrastructure in the state.
The program has a $43 to $1 return on investment.
For some health topic areas or particular funding needs like equipment or capital development, there may be limited federal funding available. As a result, the MoCAP program has invested more resources in searching for and spreading the word about national or regional private funding opportunities.
It can be challenging to identify organizations with the appropriate level of readiness and to effectively communicate information on open funding opportunities. Some organizations seeking help from MoCAP have little or no outside grant procurement experience at the local, national, and/or federal level. MoCAP primarily provides direct support in the development/writing stage of applications; however, additional support and technical assistance may be needed if the organization receives the grant. This support may not only help the organization in the successful implementation of its grant but also better position it for future funding from that agency or other similar funders in the future.
In addition, MoCAP services are for federal or national funding opportunities, which limits support for smaller and/or newer organizations that may be better positioned for state-based or local funding opportunities.
Many federal and national funding opportunities are open for a short amount of time. To provide enough time to coordinate support and for the organization to work with the consultant, MoCAP asks that requests for support be made 5 to 8 weeks in advance of the grant opportunity deadline when possible.
MoCAP partners with consultants, statewide agencies like the Missouri Primary Care Association and Missouri Rural Health Association, as well as local organizations to determine a fit for funding opportunity or MoCAP support. This assessment includes identifying the state's high-need areas and issues; opportunities; and organizations, partnerships, and projects that may be well positioned to pursue identified funding opportunities.
It has been critical for the MoCAP program to be able to quickly mobilize grant writing support once an opportunity has been identified. Federal and national funding opportunities are typically open for a relatively short time, and it is important to maximize the amount of time the grant writing support is in place. The MoCAP program also works to monitor federal opportunities as they are forecasted as well as opportunities that are offered on a regular or annual basis to identity potential support that could be in place before the funding opportunity announcement.
Matching organizations with consultants who have experience with the specific funder, funding opportunity, or topic area has also been particularly helpful in securing federal and national funding.
For more information: MoCAP FAQ
August 12, 2019
Date updated or reviewed
August 4, 2021
Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub, 2021. MoCAP [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/project-examples/1066 [Accessed 25 September 2021]
Please contact the models and innovations contact directly for the most complete and current information about this program. Summaries of models and innovations are provided by RHIhub for your convenience. The programs described are not endorsed by RHIhub or by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Each rural community should consider whether a particular project or approach is a good match for their community’s needs and capacity. While it is sometimes possible to adapt program components to match your resources, keep in mind that changes to the program design may impact results.