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Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)

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.

Assistance Listing: 93.301
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nov 8, 2022

For programmatic or technical assistance questions:
Krista M. Mastel, MPH

For business, administrative, or fiscal questions:
Kimberly Dews

Individual facilities may contact their State Office of Rural Health.


The Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) helps rural hospitals of 49 beds or less in meeting value-based payment and care goals for their respective organizations, through:

  • Purchases of hardware, software, and training
  • Join the Medicare Shared Savings Program or become accountable care organizations, and/or participate in other shared savings programs
  • Purchase health information technology, equipment, and/or training to comply with quality improvement activities, such as advancing patient care information, promoting interoperability, and payment bundling

Each State Office of Rural Health (SORH) submits an application to HRSA on behalf of eligible hospital applicants in its state. The SORH is the official award recipient of record and serves as fiscal intermediary for all eligible hospitals within the state.


The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) in each state will be the official grantee and will act as a fiscal intermediary for all eligible small rural hospitals within their state.

Eligible small rural hospital is defined as a non-federal, short-term general acute care hospital that is located in a rural area and has 49 available beds or less, as reported on the hospital's most recently filed Medicare Cost Report.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Estimated award amount: $13,011 per eligible hospital per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 46
Estimated total program funding: $20,734,674

Application process

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

Applicant webinar
August 31, 2022
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Call-in number: 833.568.8864
Meeting ID: 161 980 4226
Passcode: 41092373

Tagged as
Accountable Care Organizations · Capital funding · Health information technology · Healthcare quality · Hospitals

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