Skip to main content

Pennsylvania Research Grant and Mini Grant Programs

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Letter of Intent (Required): May 22, 2017
Application: Aug 28, 2017

Mary Kandray Gelenser


The Center for Rural Pennsylvania provides grants for rural policy research. Research topic areas include:

  • Rural people and communities
  • Health and welfare
  • Community services
  • Economic development
  • Natural resources and the environment
  • Rural values and social change
  • Educational outreach
  • Local government finance and administration
  • Agriculture

One year research grants will be awarded to conduct applied policy research or to identify local strategies that can result in legislative or program policy considerations and recommendations

Rural health related priority research topics include:

  • Status of dental care for Pennsylvania’s low-income children
  • Evaluation of senior community centers in rural and urban Pennsylvania
  • Options for ride hailing models to serve rural communities
  • Analysis of availability and access to high speed broadband in rural Pennsylvania and the demand for fixed high speed broadband services

Nine month mini grants will be awarded to projects that focus on basic data collection and analysis, time-sensitive issues, and/or the preparation of reference materials.

Rural health related priority mini grant topics include:

  • Analysis of medical assistance mental health services in Pennsylvania
  • Analysis of obesity rates for school children in Pennsylvania
  • Availability of hospice and palliative care in rural Pennsylvania

Eligible applicants are qualified faculty members of Pennsylvania State University, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, and the regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh. Partnerships with other academic institutions, community organizations, and public and private agencies are encouraged.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Research grants: Up to $50,000

Mini grants: Up to $15,000

Application process

Links to additional guidance and application forms are available on the program website.

Submit a letter of intent by May 22, 2017 by fax to 717.772.3587, by email to, or by mail to:

Mary Kandray Gelenser
Program Manager for Grants
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania
625 Forster St., Room 902
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal with a deadline of August 28, 2017.

Tagged as
Aging and aging-related services · Broadband · Children and youth · Community and economic development · Elderly population · Environmental health · Farmers and farmworkers · Healthcare needs and services · Hospice and palliative care · Human services · Mental health · Obesity and weight control · Oral health · Policy · Research methods and resources · Transportation · Pennsylvania

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.