The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced the opportunity for health centers to apply for New Access Point (NAP) grants, due in EHB by April 3rd (grants.gov deadline is February 27th). Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, HRSA anticipates awarding approximately $19 million to support an estimated 25 New Access Points grant awards this fiscal year, supported by the Affordable Care Act. The maximum annual amount of funding that can be requested in a NAP application is $650,000.
One important component to completing some of the program specific forms in the NAP application is a strong understanding of your market. Forms 4 and 9, for example, request details on “Community Characteristics” and the “Need for Assistance.” If you don’t have accurate statistics for these forms, consider conducting a market assessment. A market assessment includes defining a service area, collecting information on the demographic, economic and health needs profile, including health indicators; all of which is required for the NAP application. Capital Link regularly completes market assessments for community health centers. For more information, contact Rebecca Polan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the full NAP announcement and guidance, please visit this link: