Delta Health Care Services Grant Program

The Delta Health Care Services Grant Program is designed to provide financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions, and other individuals and entities in
the Delta Region.

Grant funds may be utilized for the development of health care services; health education programs; health care job training programs; and for the development and expansion of public health-related facilities in the Delta Region.

Grants will be awarded to eligible entities in the Delta Region serving communities of no more than 50,000 inhabitants to help to address the long standing and unmet health needs of the region.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used to finance any of the following:

Develop health care services;

Develop health education programs;

Develop health care job training programs;

Develop and expand public health-related facilities in the Delta Region to address longstanding and unmet health needs of the region.

To be eligible for a grant; the project must serve a rural area in the Delta Region, as defined in the NOFA.

RUS is making $3,000,000 available for competitive grants in the Delta Region.

The minimum grant amount is $50,000.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be a Consortium
Consortium means a combination or group of regional institutions of higher education, academic health and research institutes, and economic development entities located in the Delta Region that have experience in addressing the health care issues in the region.

Delta Region means the 252 counties and parishes within the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee that are served by the Delta Regional Authority.

(The Delta Region may be adjusted by future Federal statute.).

Beneficiary Eligibility

At least one member of the Consortium must be legally organized as an incorporated organization, or other legal entity, and have legal authority to contract with the Government. Individuals are not eligible for Delta Health Care Services Grant Program financial assistance directly.
At least one member of the Consortium must have legal capacity and authority to carry out the purposes of the projects in its application, and to enter into contracts and to otherwise comply with applicable Federal statutes and regulations.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

See NOFA Published in the Federal Register 4-4-11.


Apr 04, 2011 to Jun 03, 2011


Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act of 1972, Public Law 92-419, 7 U.S.C 1921, as amended by The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 , Public Law 110-234.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically funds must be utilized within 3 years of the date of the award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: RUS recognizes that each funded project is unique, and therefore may attach conditions to different projects award documents. The Agency generally notifies applicants whose projects are selected for awards by faxing an award letter. The Agency follows the award letter with a grant agreement that contains all the terms and conditions for the grant. An applicant must execute and return the grant agreement, accompanied by any additional items required by the grant agreement.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

The applicant must have the necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the reporting requirements for first-tier sub-awards and executive compensation under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 in the event the applicant receives funding unless such applicant is exempt from such reporting requirements pursuant to 2 CFR part 170, §170.110(b).

All recipients of Delta Health Care Services Grant Program financial assistance must provide annual performance activity reports to RUS until the project is complete and the funds are expended.

A final performance report is also required; the final report may serve as the last annual report.

The final report must include an evaluation of the success of the project.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 10 $0; FY 11 $3,000,000; FY 12 $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

RUS is making $3,000,000 available for competitive grants in the Delta Region. The minimum grant amount is $50,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Craig R. Wulf 1400 Independence Ave., SW
Stop 1541, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-1550 Phone: 202-720-8427 Fax: 202-720-2734

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

1. Grant applications are scored competitively and subject to the criteria listed below.
2. Grant application scoring criteria are detailed in the Delta Health Care Services Grant Application Guide. There are 100 points available, broken down as follows:
a. The Rurality of the Project area and communities served. (up to 40 points);
b. The Community Needs and Benefits Derived from the project. (up to 45 points); and
c. The Project Management and Organization capability. (up to 15 points).

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