HSSA announces $350K 2018 “Access to Care” grant competition

Monday, August 21, 2017

SPOKANE, WA – The Health Sciences & Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County announced that its annual “Access to Care” grant competition to non-profit and other organizations is now open. This grant seeks applicants who provide innovative health service delivery and increased access to health care to at risk populations.  

The HSSA RFP #13 2018 – Access to Care grant will award up to $350,000 for one or more grants that durably increase the efficiency of health service delivery and increases access to health care for at risk populations in Spokane County.

“HSSA’s mission includes increasing access to health care through innovative and collaborative health care delivery in Spokane County, as well as to improve the capacity of the Spokane region to contribute to advances in health sciences research,” said Nancy L. Isserlis, HSSA Board Chair.

Here are key dates related to HSSA RFP #13 2018 “Access to Care” Grant applicant proposals for funding:

RFP posted date:                                  August 21, 2017

Letter of intent due by 12 Noon:     September 21, 2017
Final Proposal due by  4 PM:              October 20, 2017
Awards announcement:                   November 20, 2017


Applicants should submit a letter of intent (LOI) on the HSSA website at www.hssaspokane.org under the Grants tab on or after August 21st. HSSA will acknowledge receipt and for those Applicants who meet HSSA criteria, HSSA will provide a link for the Applicant to use to submit a full proposal. This should expedite the process. HSSA also will coordinate directly with the applicants, if necessary. If the LOI is selected, a full proposal would be due via the HSSA website by 4 pm on October 20, 2017. In addition to the normal requirements of applicants, past recipients should reference in the current proposal the major outcomes in past HSSA grants.

HSSA’s grant competition helps to meet one of its strategic goals to increase access to health services in Spokane County for at risk populations, and represents a fund of about 15 percent of annual revenues designated for this purpose.

 “To date we have awarded $1.9 million in “Access to Care” grants, providing resources to those organizations in our county who do important work with people who otherwise would not receive health care services or would seek these services from the area’s emergency rooms and other expensive options,” Isserlis said. “Some end up incarcerated at taxpayers’ expense, so one of HSSA’s intents is to decrease costs to our area health care providers and taxpayers,” Isserlis said.

HSSA’s other strategic initiative is to increase local health sciences research and the infrastructure that supports it, and as required designates 75 percent of its revenues for that purpose. In the latter case, research grants are open year-round for proposals at any time.  HSSA has invested $5 million to date in health science research grants.

Together with its Access to Care grants, the organization estimates that it has created a total of 469 jobs and $52 million in total economic activity.  This includes over $17 million in extramural federal grant funding to Spokane. More information about all HSSA grants may be found at www.hssaspokane.org.