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Request for Applications Release Date: September 1, 2022
Application Due Date:  November 1, 2022
Anticipated Project Start Date:  January 1, 2023

The iCARE program supports organizations that provide clinical services to rural communities. iCARE supports physicians, providers and other clinicians offering primary and subspecialty care through onsite or virtual services to rural communities. iCARE also supports technical skills training and community engagement activities.

The SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare is accepting proposals for our fall cycle of the 2022 iCARE program. The Center invites proposals from diverse perspectives and disciplines that address high-need services for high-risk populations in rural communities. This includes, but is not limited to, projects that address behavioral health and improve maternal and child health outcomes. Proposed activities may entail service expansion to rural areas, expanding the workforce, or increasing the frequency or types of services offered in rural communities.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be one of the following:
· An institution of higher education in South Carolina
· South Carolina Rural Health Network
· SC AccessHealth Network
· Public or not-for-profit (501(c)3) organization with an emphasis on rural health or community services in  underserved areas
· Direct provider of health care services, which includes but is not limited to Rural Health Clinics, Federally            Qualified Health Centers, ambulatory and primary care practices, hospital systems
· State government agencies
· Must serve predominantly rural and/or underserved populations

This funding opportunity will fund multiple cooperative agreements ranging from $50,000 to $300,000. All projects will have a two-year project period, with the opportunity to renew.

We fund direct costs only. Categories of allowable funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Staff salary and fringe
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Capital equipment
  • Health promotion and education materials and support
  • Advertising and outreach related to services

We do not fund:

  • Projects centered on one-touch events (health fairs, conferences, etc.)
  • Salaries for personnel not directly involved with the project
  • Equipment not directly related to the project
  • Malpractice costs
  • Routine clinical supplies (i.e., gloves)
  • Indirect costs

The Center provides, at no cost, pre-award consultation for program appropriateness, project evaluation, or budget for submissions. If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact our office at scruralhealthcare@uscmed.sc.edu.

Download our Frequently Asked Questions document.

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