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Community Vitality and Rural Healthcare Funding & Opportunities

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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, and the environment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 25, 2018
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge
Funding to support the development and implementation of innovative broadband-enabled solutions to support rural commerce, healthcare, public safety, economic development, education, energy, and other community-oriented initiatives.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2018
Sponsor: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
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
Economic Development Assistance Programs
Grants support the implementation of regional economic development, including public works projects and job creation projects. Past projects have included funding for water and wastewater projects in hospitals and healthcare facilities and road infrastructure projects that would support the expansion of healthcare facilities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration
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
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
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
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
Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program Inactive
Grants for rural communities in the areas of business development, community development, education, and telecommunications, with a priority for broadband enabled, technology focused projects.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 15, 2018
Sponsor: Foundation for Rural Service
Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization in Coal-Affected Appalachia Inactive
Funding for workforce and economic revitalization activities in communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries. Priorities include strengthening the healthcare sector, educational attainment, and broadband.
Geographic coverage: Available in specific counties in 11 states.
Application Deadline: Aug 29, 2018
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission
Delta Regional Authority States Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) Inactive
Grants to help Delta communities create jobs and improve infrastructure.
Geographic coverage: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
Application Deadline: Jun 29, 2018
Sponsor: Delta Regional Authority
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
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Inactive
Provides funding to help nonprofit housing and community development intermediary organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 25, 2018
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
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
Communities Thrive Challenge Inactive
A funding and technical assistance opportunity for organizations working to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities in the United States, with an emphasis on small cities, rural areas, and places with high rates of poverty.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Letter of Intent (Required): Jun 12, 2018
Application Deadline: Aug 6, 2018
Sponsors: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation
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
Healthy Places for Healthy People Inactive
Provides direct technical support for communities to work with healthcare facilities to promote preventive healthcare and help create vibrant, thriving communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 25, 2017
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG): Learning Communities Resource Center Inactive
Funding to support a Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Learning Communities Resource Center, designed to promote the creation of learning communities within the CSBG Network and identify effective, promising, and innovative practice models across multiple individual and community-level domains.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 24, 2017
Sponsors: ACF Office of Community Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
America’s Promise Job Driven Grant Program Inactive
Funding to create and implement regional, sector-based workforce development projects to meet the needs of both businesses and workers in industries that typically use a significant number of H-1B Visas, such as healthcare and IT.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 25, 2016
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration

Last Updated: 10/10/2018