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Capital Funding for Rural Healthcare Funding & Opportunities

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Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
Loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2018
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Strategic Economic and Community Development Program
A program that allows USDA to give priority for projects that support the implementation of regional economic development plans through several USDA Rural Development funding programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2018
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans
Financing and grant funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. An example of a potential project may be the installation of solar panels for hospitals or clinics to improve energy costs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2018
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Delta Health Care Services Grant Program
Grants to address unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among healthcare professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions, and other entities.
Geographic coverage: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee
Application Deadline: Nov 26, 2018
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Rural Energy Savings Program
Loans to qualified intermediaries, small businesses, and families to implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Sep 30, 2019
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2019
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Affordable Housing Loans for Low-Income Rural Communities
Short-term loans at below market interest rates to local nonprofits, for-profits, and government entities developing affordable housing for low-income, rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Housing Assistance Council
Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans
Loan guarantees to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Community Facility Loans
Loans to help develop and improve essential community facilities in the rural West.
Geographic coverage: Available in 13 western states and the Pacific Islands. See program website for details.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Economic Impact Initiative Grants
Funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities that have extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Federal Surplus Property Available for Public Use
Property that is no longer needed by the federal government that has been made available for public use.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: U.S. General Services Administration
HUD Section 242: Hospital Mortgage Insurance Program
Loan and mortgage insurance program to help acute care hospital facilities with remodeling, expansion, modernization, equipment, refinancing, and acquisition.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Federal Housing Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Intermediary Relending Program (IRP)
Provides low interest loans to intermediaries that re-lend to businesses to improve economic conditions and create jobs in rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Rural Business Development Grants
Supports targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1,000,000 in gross revenues.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDL and REDG)
Offers loans and grants to assist in the economic development of rural areas, including funds for healthcare facilities and equipment, telecommunications networks, and job creation projects.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
SBA 7(a) Guaranteed Loans
Loan guarantees to financial institutions that provide loans to small businesses (including small healthcare practices) for working capital, equipment purchase, real estate purchase, building construction/renovation, business acquisition, and debt refinancing.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Small Business Administration
SBA Certified Development Company (504) Loan Program
Provides small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. 504 Loans are good options for healthcare practitioners who want to build a new office or expand or renovate an existing medical building.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Small Business Administration
Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program
Funding that provides communities with a source of financing for economic development, housing rehabilitation, public facilities, and physical development projects, including improvements to increase resilience against natural disasters.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Southeast Rural Community Assistance Loan Fund Program
Provides low-interest loans to low-income rural communities for predevelopment costs, system upgrades, and new construction of water and wastewater services and facilities, as well as housing and community facilities.
Geographic coverage: North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and South Carolina.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project
Sunderland Foundation Grants
Supports capital improvement and one-time special projects in the areas of higher education, churches, youth serving agencies, health facilities, community buildings, museums, civic projects, and energy efficient housing projects.
Geographic coverage: Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Iowa, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and Montana.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Sunderland 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
USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
Direct USDA loans and/or grants to construct, enlarge, or improve essential community facilities for healthcare, public safety, education, and public services in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
USDA Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program
Loans from eligible private lenders, guaranteed by USDA, to help build essential community facilities in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans and Grants Inactive
Low interest loans and need-based grants to develop affordable housing for year-round, migrant, or seasonal domestic farm laborers.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 27, 2018
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Housing Service
BUILD Discretionary Grants Inactive
Grants for capital investments in unmet surface transportation infrastructure needs with an emphasis on rural areas and tribal lands.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Jul 19, 2018
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Transportation
Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Inactive
Grants to intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance and training for rural organizations and agencies to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area, and once those needs have been identified, locating public and private resources to finance those identified needs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 2, 2018
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Healthcare Connect Fund Inactive
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: Jun 29, 2018
Sponsor: Universal Service Administrative Company
New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program Inactive
Tax incentives for investments in business or economic development projects in distressed rural or urban counties, including capital investments in healthcare facilities. Investors give to Community Development Entities who then offer low-interest financing to businesses; in return for their investment, investors receive a tax credit against their federal income tax.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 28, 2018
Sponsors: Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of Treasury
Community Economic Development (CED) Projects Inactive
Offers funds to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities, including expansion or construction of clinics and health centers. Bonus points will be given to projects that create jobs in rural communities and counties of persistent poverty.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2018
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants Inactive
Grants to improve telemedicine and distance learning services in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, computer networks, and related advanced technologies.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 4, 2018
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Community Connect Broadband Grant Program Inactive
Grants for communities without broadband service to provide residential and business services and connect facilities, such as police and fire stations, healthcare, libraries, and schools.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: May 14, 2018
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program Inactive
Offers funding for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to promote economic revitalization in low-income communities. Works to build capacity of programs that serve low-income people who lack access to affordable financial products and services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2018
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Treasury
Native American Community Development Financial Institution Assistance Program (NACA) Inactive
Funding to increase access to credit, capital and financial services in Native Communities through the creation and expansion of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) primarily serving Native Communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2018
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Treasury
Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages Inactive
Grants for the development of Indian and Alaska Native communities, including housing, public service facilities, healthcare entities, and economic development projects.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 18, 2017
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Capital Grant Component of VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program Inactive
Grants to help offset the capital expenses of organizations that create and provide supportive housing and/or supportive service center services for homeless veterans.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2017
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) Inactive
Provides funding to small rural hospitals, through their State Office of Rural Health, to help them do any or all of the following: purchase equipment or training to attain value-based purchasing provision; join or become an accountable care organization; purchase health information technology, equipment, or training.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 16, 2017
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
Oral Health Services Expansion Grants Inactive
Awards funding to Section 330 Health Center grantees to expand oral health services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 19, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration
Health Infrastructure Investment Program Inactive
Awards funding to existing Health Center Program grantees to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations through the alteration, renovation, expansion, or construction of a facility.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 21, 2015
Sponsors: Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration

Last Updated: 8/29/2018