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Rural Health
Funding by Topic: Broadband

Summaries of funding programs are provided by RHIhub for your convenience. Please contact the funder directly for the most complete and current information.

FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Indigenous Communities Notice of Funding Opportunity
Funding for Indigenous communities as they respond to, and recover from, the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, including long-term recovery and resilience to future economic disasters. A broad spectrum of projects will be funded, including infrastructure projects such as broadband, energy, roads, water and wastewater infrastructure; vocational and higher education facilities; and community health facilities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2021
Sponsors: Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Alabama Appalachian Regional Commission Grant Program
Grants designed to create opportunities for economic development and improved quality of life in Appalachian Alabama. Project goals include economic opportunities, critical infrastructure, leadership/community capacity, natural/cultural assets, and workforce (including healthcare initiatives).
Geographic coverage: Counties in Appalachian Alabama.
Application Deadline: Oct 15, 2021
Sponsors: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Appalachian Regional Commission
Robust Network Feasibility Fund Grants
Matching grants for feasibility studies of geographically based broadband networks in rural areas of Minnesota.
Geographic coverage: Minnesota
Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2021
Sponsor: Blandin Foundation
AmeriCorps VISTA Sponsoring Agency Request for Concept Papers
A national service program that provides resources and staffing for organizations and agencies working to alleviate poverty and address poverty-related problems in local communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 3, 2021
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I
Funding for research that focuses on the development of new technologies that address important problems affecting people, institutions, and communities in rural America, including health, agriculture, rural development, and the environment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 3, 2021
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rural Health Care Program – Healthcare Connect Fund
Provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity at a flat discounted rate of 65%. Participants can apply as a member of a consortium or a stand-alone entity.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 1, 2022
Sponsors: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company
Rural Health Care Telecommunications (Telecom) Program
Assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 1, 2022
Sponsors: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company
AmeriCorps State and National Tribal Grants
Funding for programs that are designed to improve lives, strengthen tribal communities, and solve local problems through service and volunteering.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 4, 2022
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
Community Heart & Soul Planning, Technical Assistance, and Seed Grant Program
Community Heart & Soul is a community development process that engages residents in identifying what they love about their community, the future they want for it, and how to achieve it. Activities and objectives are determined by communities, and projects have included volunteerism, healthcare access, social programs, transportation, broadband, and emergency preparedness, among others. Seed grants are offered to qualifying small cities and towns interested in implementing the Heart & Soul model.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Community Heart & Soul
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
A temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households in order to meet the needs of individuals and families during the COVID-19 health emergency.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company