NHPCO awards grants to hospice providers

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in Alexandria, VA, has received funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to launch a program improving access to quality hospice and palliative care to veterans, with a specific focus on reaching homeless veterans and those living in rural areas.

The project will identify innovative programs providing care and services to veterans at the end of life and provide recommendations to the VA on ways to improve outreach to homeless veterans and veterans living in rural areas.

NHPCO will award a minimum of 10 grants to existing providers that are working collaboratively with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Grant recipients may be hospice and palliative care organizations, state hospice-veterans partnerships, state hospice organizations, state veterans homes, or other organizations providing care and services to veterans.

Grants to cover a nine-month period will range from $5,000 to $25,000 and will be awarded by the end of January 2009. The specific grant process and more detailed requirements will be available in mid-November with applications due in early January. Interested applicants should contact Donna Bales at dbales@nhpco.org to receive this information when it is available.