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Grant funding available to help establish or expand community health centers

November 14, 2003

Bismarck, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Human Services is inviting community organizations to apply for technical assistance funding to help secure federal grants for community health centers. The 2003 Legislature included $50,000 in the department's budget to help communities secure grant writing and other technical expertise.

"We hope this will make North Dakota communities more competitive as they apply for federal Health Center New Access Point grants or Expanded Medical Capacity grants," said department Executive Director Carol K. Olson.

Supported by the Community Health Care Association during the legislative session, the initiative may help establish or expand community health centers in the state, thus increasing health care access. Proponents of community health centers may qualify to receive up to $10,000.

The technical assistance funding will be awarded to community entities that are prepared to become community health centers and are capable of leveraging funds to establish community health centers. Successful applicants must also demonstrate significant planning and need.

Community entities should submit an application and a one-page narrative to human services by January 30, 2004 for consideration this fiscal year. For information and an application, view the Request for Proposal section of the N.D. Department of Human Services' Web site at www.nd.gov/humanservices.


Tom Solberg, Department of Human Services, Program Administrator, (701) 328-1884, or
Heather Steffl, N.D. Department of Human Services, (701) 328-4933


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