HRSA-supported health centers provide comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations. Health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care.


Purpose of the New Access Point Funding

The purpose of the Health Center Program New Access Point (NAP) funding opportunity is to improve the health of the Nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by increasing access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services.  NAP funding provides operational support for new primary health care service delivery sites.

Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, HRSA anticipates awarding approximately $100 million to support an estimated 150 New Access Point grant awards in Fiscal Year 2015, supported by the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148).  The maximum annual amount of Health Center Program funding that can be requested in a NAP application is $650,000.   


Health Center Program Grant Funding

Public and private non-profit health care organizations may apply to receive section 330 funding. The application package (also called application guidance or application instructions) includes detailed instructions, required forms and/or links to them, and complete information on program requirements. Public and private non-profit health care organizations are encouraged to visit http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/, where open funding opportunities are listed.

  • New Access Points Grants provide funding to support new service delivery sites that will provide comprehensive primary health care and access to oral and mental health services. Applicants can be existing grantees or new organizations that do not currently receive section 330 grant funds.
  • Expanded Medical Capacity Grants provide funding to expand access to primary health services in the health center's current service area (e.g. by adding new medical providers or medical services or expanding hours of operation). Only existing grantees are eligible to apply.
  • Service Expansion Grants provide funding to add new or expand existing mental health/substance abuse, oral health, pharmacy, and enabling services for special populations at existing health centers. Only existing grantees are eligible to apply.
  • Service Area Competition Grants provide ongoing competing continuation funding for service areas currently served by health center grantees. Both currently funded section 330 grantees whose project periods have expired and new organizations proposing to serve the same areas or populations being served by existing section 330 grantees may apply.

Applicants must document need for primary care services in their area, their plan for addressing these needs, the history and clinical capacity of their organizations, the environment of the communities they serve, and provide detailed budget and staffing information.

Applicants also must demonstrate compliance with all relevant program requirements and related Federal and State requirements.

All applications are assessed for eligibility and are reviewed through an objective process. All applicants are sent written notification of the outcome of the objective review of their applications, including a summary of the objective review committee's assessment of the application's merits and weaknesses, and whether the application was selected for funding.


FQHC Look-alike Designation

Public and private non-profit health care organizations may apply for look-alike designation (designation without section 330 funding) at any time. The review process takes about four months. Look-alike FQHCs must meet the same program requirements as FQHCs that receive section 330 funding and are eligible for many of the same benefits.


Eligible Applicants 

Organizations eligible to compete for NAP funds include public or nonprofit private entities, including tribal, faith-based, and community-based organizations.  Applications may be submitted from new organizations or from existing grantees to expand their network of service delivery sites to serve new underserved populations. See Section III in the NAP funding opportunity announcement for the full list of eligibility criteria.


How to Apply

NAP applications must be submitted via Grants.gov and the HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHB). 

  • Step 1 - HRSA-15-016 application package at Grants.gov: must be completed and successfully submitted to Grants.gov by 11:59 pm ET on August 20, 2014.
  • Step 2 - HRSA EHB: must be completed and successfully submitted by 8:00 pm ET onOctober 7, 2014. Applicants can only begin Step 2 in HRSA EHB after Step 1 in Grants.gov has been completed by the assigned due date and HRSA has assigned the application a tracking number.


Technical Assistance

NAP Applicant Technical Assistance Webinar Recording
July 17, 2014
Slides (PPT - 1.7 MB) | Audio Replay (MP3 - 18 MB) | Transcript (PDF - 203 KB)



Health Center New Access Point Grant Application Technical Assistance
NAP funding provides operational support for new primary health care service delivery sites.

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If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact Emily Shipman, Senior Program Coordinator of Health Center Operations, at eshipman@cpca.org or (916) 440-8170.

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