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Rural Health
Funding by Topic: Healthcare business and finance

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

Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Technical Assistance
Technical assistance for small hospitals in rural, persistent-poverty areas to help prepare and assist them in moving from a fee-for-service and volume based payment system to one that is dependent on value and quality.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 24, 2018
Sponsor: National Rural Health Resource Center
Idaho Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX)
Funding to support Critical Access Hospitals in Idaho for healthcare quality and performance improvement projects. Activities should focus on quality improvement, financial and operational improvement, and innovative population health initiatives.
Geographic coverage: Idaho
Application Deadline: Oct 26, 2018
Sponsor: Idaho Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care
North Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Grant Program
Grants to Critical Access Hospitals in rural North Dakota for revenue cycle management analysis, chart audit activities, development of collaborative population health activities, and development of programming in response to identification of unmet community health and health service needs.
Geographic coverage: North Dakota
Application Deadline: Oct 30, 2018
Sponsor: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
Improving Healthcare Systems Research Grants
Offers funding to research the comparative effectiveness of innovative features of healthcare systems; such as use of innovative technology, deployment of personnel, incentives, and organizational policies; that affect quality, outcomes, and/or efficiency of care. Studies that examine effects on certain populations, including low-income and rural populations, will receive priority.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Nov 6, 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2019
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (R03)
Supports different types of health services research projects, including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. Rural and frontier areas are considered a priority population.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Nov 16, 2018
Sponsors: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Minnesota Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)
Coordinated state application to HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy on behalf of the needs of Minnesota’s small rural hospitals. Funds may be used to purchase items from the SHIP Purchasing Menu in the categories of value based purchasing, accountable care organization, payment bundling, or care transitions.
Geographic coverage: Minnesota
Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2018
Sponsor: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Grants to promote the planning and development of rural healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2018
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
340B Drug Pricing Program
Allows certain facilities, such as Critical Access Hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers and FQHC Look-Alikes, to purchase prescription and non-prescription medications at reduced cost.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Jan 15, 2019
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Pharmacy Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
Grants to encourage innovative exploratory and developmental health services research to improve minority health and/or reduce health disparities at the healthcare system-level, as well as within clinical settings.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 11, 2019
Sponsors: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Alaska Rural Energy Technical Assistance Project
Direct technical assistance for rural communities in Alaska to help improve the sustainability and lower operating costs of rural sanitation systems and healthcare facilities.
Geographic coverage: Alaska
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium