As the old saying goes, you win some, and you lose some. Well, I’m pretty sure that most of us would rather be on the “win some” side of the equation, especially when it comes to telemedicine grants. The good news is, there are plenty of grant opportunities out there, including the US Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program, the US Department of Agriculture’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant, and opportunities through state agencies and foundations. But how do you position yourself for success? Let’s start with some tips on writing a successful telemedicine grant proposal:
With these tips in mind, what can you be doing right now to get ready for telemedicine grant seeking? Start by preparing for the USDA’s equipment-only Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant, which provides grants that range from $50,000 to $500,000. Once guidance is available, which will likely be in early April, read it thoroughly and confirm eligibility. Once you’ve determined that your organization and your project is eligible, focus first on determining your application’s objective score:
Add your rurality, economic need, matching funds scores and, if applicable, an additional 15 Special Consideration points. If these points are equal to or exceed 100, you likely have a very competitive application on your hands!
So where do go from here? Once you’ve confirmed that you have a competitive objective score (again, about 100 points based on previous rounds of funding), begin working on the subjective portions of the grant. Tell your story! Be consistent and concise, and be sure to highlight the specific needs of your rural communities. Also, be sure to address every requirement – incomplete applications aren’t reviewed.
If you’d like more details on how you can get a head start on a USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant proposal, please contact the Avizia Public Funding Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until then, here’s hoping you end up on the “win some” side of things for your next telemedicine grant!