Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program

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Purpose

The Alliance provides infrastructure funding to support health care and community-based organizations in implementing information technology and equipment systems that will expand their capacity to serve the Medi-Cal population in the Alliance’s service area, and will result in improved access, coordination, and quality of care.


For smaller equipment purchases for direct member care, please refer to the Alliance’s Equipment Program.


Eligible Applicants

To be considered for Infrastructure Program funding, applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program (see Eligibility Guidelines) and meet the following program-specific requirements:


Please note that limited funding currently remains in the High Utilizer focus area in Santa Cruz County.

This funding limitation does not apply to entities that have received Infrastructure Planning grants from the Alliance. Implementation grant funding will remain reserved for those entities to apply for up to one year post Planning project completion; however, Implementation grants are not guaranteed.

Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental entity that provides safety net services to a significant volume of Medi-Cal members in the Alliance service area.
Be able to secure additional financial commitment to support the project from other sources such as donations, in-kind support, cash or documented loans or lines of credit, and/or other state, local or grant funding. See Funding Amount and Term section below for details on the percentage of project funding required.
The useful life of infrastructure projects should be at least three years, and applicants must plan to use the technology and/or equipment for the benefit of Medi-Cal members for a minimum of three years after completion of implementation.

Types of Funded Projects

Funding can be used to support project costs associated with planning and implementation of infrastructure investments that directly enhance an organization’s capacity to serve the Medi-Cal population by addressing barriers to care (i.e. availability, distance, and language), increasing practice efficiency and quality, and/or supporting the delivery of coordinated and integrated care. Preference will be given to applications that best demonstrate how new technology and/or equipment would increase access, coordination and/or quality of care for Medi-Cal members, and directly support the Alliance’s funding goals.


All Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program awards are one-time grants. Funding for ongoing subscription, license or maintenance fees, or other operational costs will not be considered. For the Infrastructure Program, the Alliance will allow applicants receiving planning grants to apply for a follow-on implementation grant. Receiving a planning grant award is not a prerequisite for applying for an implementation grant. Applicants receiving planning grants are not guaranteed to receive implementation grants. A single entity is limited to Infrastructure Program funding for planning and/or implementation for one project. Submission of planning and implementation applications in the same funding cycle is not encouraged.


Examples of projects that could be funded:


Planning for Infrastructure Projects:

Engagement of a consultant to complete a needs assessment, feasibility study, or carry out other planning and technical assistance required for successful implementation of infrastructure project.

Implementation of Infrastructure Projects:

Purchase and implementation of new technologies that expand access and support member health and wellness, such as health information technology (HIT), including electronic health records (EHRs), communication systems, and mobile health technology.
Purchase and implementation of technologies that support data exchange, integration, and care coordination.
Training of health care staff and/or patients in use of HIT systems or equipment.
Consultation and training to optimize EHR use to support high-functioning care teams, care coordination, evidence-based care and population health management.
Implementation of telecommunications tools and technologies that enable or expand use of telehealth.

The Alliance will not fund the following:

Equipment already purchased or in place.
Equipment reimbursed through the Alliance’s authorization process.
Leased equipment.
Software licensing, agreements or subscription fees beyond implementation of the project.

Funding Amount and Term

Infrastructure Program funding requests may range from $20,000 to $250,000. (For smaller equipment purchases for direct member care, please refer to the Alliance’s Equipment Program guidelines.) The Alliance will consider funding planning grants up to 50% of total costs, not to exceed a total grant of $40,000. The Alliance will consider funding implementation grant requests up to 75% of total costs, not to exceed a total grant of $250,000. For implementation grants, applicants must demonstrate that the initial 25% of funding has been secured. A single entity is limited to Infrastructure Program funding for planning and/or implementation for one project.


Infrastructure grant awards will depend on the total number of applications received and the amounts requested by each applicant.


Planning and implementation grants will be considered separately. Project timelines for planning should not exceed 6 months. Project timelines for implementation should not exceed 18 months. Depending on the amount, grant awards may be paid in installments. Grant reports are required and will be due to the Alliance every six months.


Application

Visit How to Apply for deadlines, instructions, and online application form.


Applications require submission of current fiscal statements. This includes Statement of Financial Position (i.e. balance sheet) and Statement of Activities (i.e. profit and loss). Audited financial statements for the past two completed fiscal years are also required (or rationale if not audited).


Infrastructure Program Description (printable PDF)



 

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