Up to $300,000 is available from Rural General Practice Grants Program to deliver improved rural health services and increased ‘healthy living’ education to local communities.
Rural General Practice Grants (RGPG) Program
The Rural General Practice Grants (RGPG) Program provides funding to help deliver improved rural health services through additional infrastructure, increased levels of teaching and training for health practitioners, and increased ‘healthy living’ education to local communities.
The objectives of the program are to:
- provide additional infrastructure and appropriate space to enable rural and regional health practitioners to maintain and increase the level of services locally;
- enable existing health facilities to provide teaching and training opportunities for a range of health professionals within the practice; and
- enable existing health facilities to provide an environment for patient education to increase health literacy within the community.
The Australian Government has committed up to $13.1 million over two years for the Program commencing in 2016-17. Funds may also be used for procurement of activities directly related to delivery of the Program, such as evaluation of Program outcomes.
A maximum amount of $300,000 per application is available. The funds will be allocated on a co-contribution basis with funding recipients required to at least match the amount of Australian Government funding.
Program funding may include the following elements as a part of the infrastructure project:
- Direct construction and/or renovation on an existing general practice building, or construction of a new addition where the new building would be functionally related. Costs could cover fit-out, labour and materials for builders, plumbers, electricians, etc.;
- Fit-out for newly constructed extension to an existing general practice as described above;
- Supply and installation of information and communication technology equipment (eg video conferencing equipment) including both hardware and software; for either specialist/allied health case management patient consultations or training/ health literacy purposes. Clinical software should be approved for connection to the My Health Record system and have the ability to upload Shared Health Summaries.
- Supply and installation (as appropriate) of essential medical equipment;
- Independent Client Side Project Management fees up to 5% of the total grant funding for the purpose of the project;
- Professional fees for the design of the infrastructure project;
- Professional fees for legal and accountancy advice relating directly to the infrastructure project; or
- Application fees for Development Approval, Building Permits and other building approval expenses.
Relocation or transfer of an existing health facility, (the existing premises) to existing larger or more suitable premises will only be considered where all of the following requirements can be demonstrated:
- the proposed premises is adjacent to, attached to, or within 5kms from the existing premises, but remains within Modified Monash Model classifications MM2 to MM7;
- the same or improved level of accessibility is provided for clients of the existing premises;
- the applicant has tenure over the alternative proposed premises by the closing date of the stage 2 ITA; and
- an extension / refurbishment of the existing premises to accommodate the additional services set out in the proposal is deemed unachievable or unlikely to be supported by the relevant authorities due to local planning requirements.
Applications for funding should be for existing general practices operating from existing premises and must be in areas covered by the Modified Monash Model classifications MM2 to MM7 only.
The applicant must satisfy and provide evidence under the following eligibility criteria:
- be a legal entity with tenure over the proposed property
- be able to contribute an equal or greater financial commitment
- confirmation of an eligible MMM classification for the health facility; and
- be an accredited general practice.
Grant recipients will be required to identify outcomes that will strengthen the rural and regional health workforce and improve health service delivery in these communities. Upon completion of the improvements to the health facility, the department will monitor the implementation of the proposed outcomes for a period of three years.
The RGPG Funding Round is now closed for applications.