Community Based Organization Planning Grant: RFA Issued

The New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs is issuing a Request for Applications (RFA) to announce the availability of funds to support strategic planning activities for Community Based Organizations to facilitate their engagement in DSRIP activities. 

CBOs are trusted stakeholders in their communities and may be able to impact the social determinants of health.  With major initiatives such as DSRIP, smaller community organizations are often challenged in how to engage and contract with larger, lead organizations, such as the PPS in DSRIP. These organizations tend to be administratively lean, have fewer resources and also compete with other CBOs for similar funding grants.

Additionally, it may be challenging to analyze and present their service mission and enterprise in a business framework for contract arrangements. The administrative time and resources required for such engagements often exceed what individual CBOs have available to analyze the business requirements, and to successfully formulate a business strategy and proposition. Further, such demands may burden the CBO and undermine the resources needed for the CBO to continue to deliver its core services. As such, this RFA is designed to provide funding to non-Medicaid billing Community Based Organizations who address the social determinants of health.

This RFA is intended to solicit applications for grants to assist CBO Consortiums in planning activities to identify business requirements and formulate strategies for short-term needs as well as longer term plans that the CBO consortium may envision for sustainability in system transformation. Overall, this will allow them to better position themselves for continuing engagement with PPSs in DSRIP projects, and consequently, value based payment and contracting.

It is the Department's intent to award one award for each of the three regions outlined in the RFA. The three regions consist of New York City, Long Island and Mid-Hudson, and Rest of State.  A maximum funding amount for each region is $2,500,000.

To learn more about this opportunity, please go to the NYS Grants Gateway at the following web address:  To locate the opportunity on Grants Gateway, search by the opportunity name:  Community Based Organization (CBO) Planning Grant.

Anticipated Contract Term: 12/1/2016-11/30/2017

Due Date for Applications:  8/16/2016 by 4:00 p.m. ET

Questions must be submitted to [email protected] by 6/17/2016 by 4:00 p.m. ET

Questions, Answers and Updates Posted (on or about):  6/30/2016 

CNYCC "All Call" 

CNY Care Collaborative will be conducting an "All Call" webinar on Tuesday June 14, 2016 at 8:00am EST for an open discussion of the RFP opportunity.

To attend, please register here:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email with more details. 

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