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American Rescue Plan Act: Emergency Rural Health Care Grants

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.766
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

American Rescue Plan Act: Emergency Rural Health Care Grants will provide emergency funding for eligible Community Facilities applicants to help rural hospitals and local communities increase access to COVID-19 vaccines, testing, healthcare services (including telehealth), and food assistance.

Grants will be awarded in 2 tracks.

Track One: Recovery Grants

  • Increase capacity for vaccine distribution
  • Provide medical supplies and equipment to increase medical surge capacity
  • Reimburse for healthcare related lost revenue used to maintain capacity during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Increase telehealth capabilities, including underlying healthcare information systems
  • Construct temporary or permanent structures to provide healthcare services
  • Support staffing needs for testing and/or vaccine administration
  • Support facilities, equipment, and operating expenses associated with food banks and food distribution facilities

Track Two: Impact Grants

  • Establish or scale a regional partnership or consortium of community leaders and healthcare partners to plan, implement, and evaluate a model(s) to support solving regional healthcare problems and promote the long-term sustainability of rural healthcare
  • Establish or scale an evidence-based model and disseminate lessons learned for possible replication in other small communities and regions
  • Identify a health-related problem within the applicant's region, develop and implement a method and solution to overcome the problem, and conduct a program evaluation to examine health related outcomes, long-term sustainability, and replicability
  • Establish a methodology to calculate summary impact measures or an estimated return on investment for the grant funds requested
  • Cover the cost of technical assistance to assist with one or more aspects of project implementation, project evaluation, data sharing, and reporting requirements
  • Cover indirect costs in an amount up to a federally-negotiated indirect cost rate

Eligible applicants include:

  • Public bodies
  • Community-based nonprofit corporations and associations
  • Federally recognized tribes

Track Two: Impact applicants also must establish a network or group of entities that consist of healthcare provider organizations, economic development entities, federally-recognized tribes, and/or institutions of higher education.

Eligible rural areas include cities, villages, towns, townships, and federally-recognized tribal lands with no more than 20,000 residents as determined by the most recent U.S. Census Data.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Track One: Recovery Grants

  • Award ceiling: $1,000,000
  • Award floor: $25,000
  • Project period: Up to 3 years

Track Two: Impact Grants

  • Award ceiling: $10,000,000
  • Award floor: $5,000,000
  • Project period: Up to 3 years

Estimated total program funding: $500,000,000

Application process

Contact the appropriate local Rural Development office to discuss and submit the application.

Track One: Recovery Grants

Track Two: Impact Grants

Tagged as
Access · COVID-19 · Capital funding · Community and economic development · Food security and nutrition · Networking and collaboration · Sustainability of programs · Telehealth · Vaccination

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