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Incentive Grants Available for Primary Care Providers in Rural Areas

The South Carolina AHEC is pleased to announce that applications are currently being accepted from primary care physicians (Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Ob/Gyn) and advanced practice professionals (nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) who contract for a period of four years to practice in rural or underserved areas of South Carolina. 

Awards for physicians will vary, with the minimum award being $60,000 and the maximum award being $100,000, depending upon the type of practice setting and the population of the county.

Awards for advanced practice professionals will vary, with the minimum award being $30,000 and the maximum award being $50,000, depending upon the type of practice setting and the population of the county.
Specifically, the State Incentive Grant Program may:

  • Provide $25,000 per year for up to four years to qualified physicians practicing in counties with a population of less than 50,000.
  • Provide $15,000 per year for up to four years to qualified physicians who work in rural areas of other counties (non-urbanized) as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Census or who work in federally qualified health centers in urban areas.
  • Provide $12,500 per year for up to four years to advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and physician assistants (PA) practicing in counties with a population of less than 50,000.
  • Provide $7,500 per year for up to four years to APRNs and PAs who work in rural areas of other counties (non-urbanized) as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Census or who work in federally qualified health centers in urban areas.
  • Clinicians (physicians and advanced practice providers) working in state prisons may qualify.
  • Half-time option (20 hours per week) for half of the full-time (40 hours per week) funding amount will be considered.

Applications for incentive grants for the upcoming year that begins on July 1 will be accepted until March 1. 

For more information, please visit the South Carolina AHEC webpage at http://www.scahec.net/incentivegrant.html.   

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