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Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.500
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
May 24, 2018

For programmatic or technical questions:
Ahlishia Shipley, Ph.D.

For grants management or budget questions:
Bruce Mertz


The Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) Competitive Grants Program provides funding to community-based, outreach education and extension programs that provide individuals and families based in rural areas with information on health, wellness, and prevention.

Funding priority will be given to projects addressing the prevention and/or reduction of opioid misuse and abuse in rural communities.

Programs should provide individuals and families with:

  • Information as to the value of good health at any age
  • Information to increase individual or family motivation to take more responsibility for their own health
  • Information about and access to health promotion and educational activities
  • Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and healthcare services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local, and community partners

According to the application instructions, only resubmitted applications that focus on opioid misuse and new project applications will be accepted during this funding cycle.


Applications may be submitted by 1862 and 1890 land grant colleges and universities, including Central State University, Tuskegee University, and West Virginia State University.

Applications may be submitted by any of the Tribal colleges and universities designated as 1994 Land-Grant Institutions under the Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994, as amended.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $350,000
Award floor: $250,000
Expected number of awards: 8-10
Project period: 2 years
Estimated total program funding: $2,900,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through

Tagged as
Access · Children and youth · Community and faith-based initiatives · Community engagement and volunteerism · Families · Health literacy · Illicit drug use · Prescription drug abuse · Substance abuse · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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