Thank you for your interest! The grant funding deadline has passed.

Finalist notification will occur on or about May 9, 2016.


Government and commercial payers are leading a shift from volume-based to value-based reimbursement. Given the patient populations that they serve, safety net organizations may be uniquely positioned to address underlying causes of poor health and provide the kind of high-value, outcomes-focused health care that new payment models are designed to support. However, safety net organizations face unique significant upfront technical and operational challenges with implementing value-based payment models due to limited financial and administrative resources.

The new National Safety Net Advancement Center is proud to issue this first-of-its-kind call for proposals (CFP) to facilitate safety net organizations in overcoming challenges posed by payment and care delivery reform. The goal of the CFP is to contribute to the growing evidence base on how to successfully implement payment and care delivery reforms in safety net organizations.

Total Awards

  • Up to $500,000 will be available under this CFP.
  • Grants will be awarded for up to $80,000 each.
  • Five to seven projects will be funded.
  • Virtual learning collaborative scholarships will also be awarded.

Key Dates

Prospective Applicant Webinar
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February 29, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30pm ET

Proposal Submission Deadline
April 1, 2016 at 3pm ET 

Finalist Notification
May 9, 2016

Grant Launch Date
June 1, 2016

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This solicitation seeks proposal from safety net organizations seeking to overcome an implementation challenge impeding payment and care delivery progress. For the purposes of this CFP, a safety net health system is defined as one that provides a significant level of care to low-income, uninsured, and vulnerable populations. The health care safety net encompasses the following six sectors: 1) Federally Qualified Health Centers, 2) Community Mental Health Centers, 3) Public County Hospitals, 4) Tribal Health Centers, 5) Critical Access Hospitals, and 6) Safety Net Oral Health Providers.

Proposals must be submitted by an individual organization. However, applicants may partner with any number of organizations and carry out projects as a consortium.