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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.

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, 2023
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, 2023
Sponsors: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company
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: Apr 5, 2023
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
Affordable Connectivity Program
A benefit that helps low-income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices. The Affordable Connectivity Program replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company
American Connection Corps Fellowship
A 1-year fellowship program that trains and mobilizes leaders to work in rural and under-resourced communities to coordinate broadband development and digital inclusion.
Geographic coverage: Available in 10 states.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: AmeriCorps, Heartland Forward, Land O'Lakes, Inc., Lead for America
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
Dogwood Health Trust Impact Grants
Funding for projects in western North Carolina that address at least one of the priority areas of housing, education, economic opportunity, and health and wellness and that demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Trust is also interested in broadband access to support education and healthcare, rural disparities, and racial equity.
Geographic coverage: 18 counties in western North Carolina
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Dogwood Health Trust
North Carolina Economic Infrastructure Program
Grants to support infrastructure projects related to drinking water, wastewater, broadband, natural gas lines, railways, and roadways in rural areas of North Carolina.
Geographic coverage: North Carolina
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Commerce
North Carolina Open Grants Program
Grants for projects that strengthen North Carolina's long-term economy, especially in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities in the areas of agriculture, workforce preparedness, community vitality, and job creation/economic investment, with a particular emphasis on the healthcare sector.
Geographic coverage: North Carolina
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Golden LEAF Foundation
Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees
Loans and loan guarantees for the construction, maintenance, improvement, and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Utilities Service