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Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response – Funding & Opportunities

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Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) COVID-19 Supplemental Funding Cycle
Grants for fire departments, EMS organizations, and fire academies for equipment, training, personnel wellness programs, capital funding, and collaboration/regional communication efforts. This additional funding round focuses on Personal Protective Equipment and supplies needed to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Nov 13, 2020
Sponsors: Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Digital Healthcare Interventions to Address the Secondary Health Effects Related to Social, Behavioral, and Economic Impact of COVID-19 (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Supports research to strengthen the healthcare response to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies. The main focus is the role and impact of digital health interventions to address access, delivery, and effectiveness of health assessments and interventions for secondary effects during and following the pandemic, particularly in populations who experience health disparities and vulnerable populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Dec 2, 2020
Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Aging, 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
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grants
Grants for pre-disaster mitigation activities to build capacity of state and local governments, Tribes, and territories to help them to identify mitigation actions and implement projects that reduce risks posed by natural hazards. Funding is specifically set aside for resilient infrastructure projects for Tribal communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Jan 29, 2021
Sponsors: Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Long-Term Effects of Disasters on Health Care Systems Serving Health Disparity Populations (R01- Clinical Trial Optional)
Grants for research focused on understanding the long-term effects of natural and/or human-made disasters on healthcare systems serving health disparity populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Sep 8, 2023
Sponsors: National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Aging, 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
Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program
Grants and technical assistance to help individuals and communities recover from natural and human-caused disasters through community outreach and access to mental health services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Federal Emergency Management Agency, SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
FEMA Public Assistance Program: COVID-19 Response
Provides reimbursement to eligible state, territorial, tribal, and local government entities, and certain nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures in response to COVID-19 National Emergency Declarations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Project TRANSAM
A cooperative action program between the Indian Health Service and the Department of Defense that allows for redistribution of surplus medical equipment and supplies for federally recognized Tribes.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium Training
Emergency preparedness training and resources for rural first responders, offered both in-person and online, and provided at no cost.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, The Center for Rural Development
Water/Wastewater Utility All-Hazards Bootcamp Training
An online training course for water and wastewater employees responsible for emergency response and recovery activities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Addressing Needs of People with Disabilities in COVID-19 Local Preparedness Planning, Mitigation, and Recovery Efforts Inactive
Funding to improve the capacity of local health departments to address the needs of people with disabilities when planning and responding to outbreaks and other national emergencies, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Oct 13, 2020
Sponsors: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Association of County and City Health Officials
Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants Inactive
Grants for education and training programs to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. Special emphasis is given to programs and materials that target workers at smaller mines, including training miners and employers about new MSHA standards, high-risk activities, or hazards identified by MSHA.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Sep 9, 2020
Sponsors: Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Inactive
Funding to develop and support Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) projects for volunteers 55 years and older in serving specific local and community needs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 3, 2020
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
Building Local Operational Capacity for COVID-19 Demonstration Site Project Inactive
Funding for demonstration sites to strengthen local infection prevention and control capacity. Goals include to increase capacity for local health departments to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in healthcare facilities, strengthen infection prevention and control practices in high-risk facilities, increase coordination among local partners to bolster response efforts, and enhance coordination with state and local partners.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 1, 2020
Sponsor: National Association of County and City Health Officials
Rural Emergency Medical Communications Demonstration Project Inactive
Provides funding for demonstration projects addressing rural medical communications in order to gain an understanding of barriers and best practices to coordinate emergency response across multiple jurisdictions.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 24, 2020
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I Inactive
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, rural development, and the environment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 21, 2020
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Disaster Response Grant Program – School-Based Services Inactive
Funding to provide mental health and substance use disorder treatment, crisis counseling, and related supports to children in school-based settings impacted by specified natural disasters occurring in 2018 and 2019.
Geographic coverage: Areas affected by declared natural disasters in 2018-2019
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2020
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Disaster Response Grant Program – Services for Adults Inactive
Funding to provide mental health and substance use disorder treatment, crisis counseling, and related supports to adults impacted by specified natural disasters occurring in 2018 and 2019.
Geographic coverage: Areas affected by declared natural disasters in 2018-2019
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2020
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program Inactive
Funding to support community-based organizations to use the EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model to develop and implement community-driven solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities. For this opportunity, underserved community is defined as a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 7, 2020
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Health Security Award Inactive
An honorary award that recognizes local health departments that have demonstrated significant accomplishments in implementing health security-related initiatives within their jurisdictions.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 10, 2019
Sponsors: National Association of County and City Health Officials, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Last Updated: 9/10/2020