Grant Funding for Programs that Address Social Determinants of Health
Identifying funding sources is critical to sustaining programs that address social determinants of health
(SDOH). To review potential funding agencies, associations, and organizations, see Funders of Rural Programs in the Rural Community Health
Toolkit. RHIhub’s Online Library also provides a list of active and inactive funding opportunities related to
Many rural programs rely on grant funding from federal agencies, regional commissions and agencies, and
philanthropic organizations in order to sustain programs that address SDOH. Some grant programs focus on
specific SDOH, such as transportation or housing, while others fund grantees that are addressing multiple SDOH.
Examples of Federal Agencies that Fund Rural SDOH Programs
Examples of Regional Commissions and Agencies that Fund Rural SDOH Programs
Examples of Foundations and Nonprofit Organizations that Fund Rural SDOH Programs
Many foundations and nonprofit organizations provide funding or other resources to help sustain rural
programs that focus on SDOH. Some foundations focus on a specific SDOH, such as education, while others
broadly fund investments in rural health and well-being. For an overview of rural philanthropy and
strategies for establishing partnerships with
philanthropies, see A Guide
to Working with Rural Philanthropy.
Nonprofit hospitals are required to provide community benefits to address identified community needs, which
include a range of SDOH. In rural communities, community
benefits provided by Critical
Access Hospitals can fund community building efforts that address SDOH.
foundations, which are formed from the conversion of a nonprofit hospital to a for-profit
corporation, can also be important
sources of SDOH funding for rural communities.
Community foundations, which are
public organizations who provide funds to specific geographic communities, are major supporters of rural
National and regional foundations, such as the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, and the Ford Family Foundation,
have a special interest in rural SDOH.