- Need: To help Missouri organizations secure funding to improve health outcomes.
- Intervention: MoCAP provides free grant writing services and technical assistance for federal/national funding opportunities to eligible organizations in its 84-county service area.
- Results: Since 2010, MoCAP has provided support for over 800 proposals and helped bring in more than $465 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-related programs.
connects nonprofits and governmental organizations with
consultants that provide grant writing consultation and
technical assistance to strengthen their applications for
nationally competed funding opportunities. MoCAP support
is provided at no cost to the organization, and
organizations can request assistance twice per year. Only
organizations located in or providing services within the
Missouri Foundation for Health service area are eligible
Interested organizations within MFH's service area are
asked to complete the MoCAP application. 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.
Since 2010, MoCAP has provided support for over 800
proposals and helped bring in more than $465 million in
funding. The program has a $51 to $1 return on
investment, and a 37% success rate.
MoCAP has 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 more than 15 RCORP grants, with
MoCAP providing grant writing and technical assistance on
12 of the 17 applications. MoCAP has also helped several
rural organizations successfully pursue HRSA's Rural
Health Network Development Program funding.
In 2021, MoCAP helped the Missouri Department of Health
and Senior Services (DHSS) 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. In 2022, MoCAP
helped DHSS capture over $50 million from the CDC for the
Strengthening U.S. Public Health Infrastructure,
Workforce, and Data Systems grant program.
MoCAP also helped entities in the St. Louis metro region capture $12 million in funding from
the CDC for the Community Health Workers for COVID
response and Resilient Communities Initiative. MoCAP
supported several entities new to federal funding
throughout Missouri, who were successful in pulling in
funding from the USDA, HRSA and the DOJ.
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. Organizations may
also need support on identifying appropriate funding
opportunities, as well as front-end capacity-building and
infrastructure support to be ready to receive federal
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, which can make it difficult
to assess eligibility and coordinate support in adequate
time. Concept papers help staff to assess readiness for
the funding opportunity and MoCAP support, but also take
time to prepare.
MoCAP has partnered 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 and 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. Recently, MoCAP has implemented a
partnership with Grants Plus, to provide readiness
assessment and vetting support for MoCAP requests.
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.
MoCAP staff have monitored opportunities that are offered
on a regular or annual basis to identify potential
support that could be in place before the funding
opportunity announcement. It is important to build in
enough staff capacity to be proactive in identifying
funding opportunities, connecting with organizations, and
vetting requests for eligibility and readiness.
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.
Making use of technology and online tools has been
helpful in streamlining and increasing efficiency in
MoCAP's intake and assessment processes.
For more information:
Alyssa Curran, Strategist – Responsive Philanthropy
Missouri Foundation for Health
August 12, 2019
Date updated or reviewed
August 21, 2023
Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub,
MoCAP [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at:
[Accessed 29 November 2023]
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