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Rural Healthcare Workforce – Funding & Opportunities

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National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program
Loan repayment assistance for medical, nursing, and dental students who agree to provide services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas of greatest need.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Nov 5, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program
Grants to partnerships of public and private sector entities to increase the number of individuals training in healthcare occupations that directly impact patient care and to alleviate healthcare workforce shortages by creating sustainable employment and training programs in healthcare occupations (including behavioral and mental healthcare) serving rural populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 13, 2020
Sponsors: Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
Alcohol and Other Substance Use Research Education Programs for Health Professionals (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Grants to support research educational and outreach activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers, especially the public health impact of alcohol, opioids, and other substances, their associated consequences, and the persistent stigma associated with them.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Sep 8, 2022
Sponsors: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
3RNet Recruitment and Retention Assistance
Helps health professionals find jobs in rural and underserved areas and assists employers in recruiting and retaining health professionals in rural and underserved areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network
Indian Health Service (IHS) Continuing Dental Education Courses
Helps IHS oral health professionals find and request Continuing Dental Education (CDE) courses and manage the CDE process.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: IHS Division of Oral Health, Indian Health Service
Delta Health Care Services Grant Program Inactive
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: Aug 24, 2020
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Loan repayment for undergraduate and graduate health professional educational loans in return for full-time clinical service in Indian Health Service programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 15, 2020
Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Board Certified Telemental Health Provider Training Award Inactive
Grant awards for nationally credentialed counselors to complete CCE-approved telemental health training.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 31, 2020
Sponsor: National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation
Tribal Colleges and Universities Implementation Activities or Feasibility Study for Dental Therapy Training Programs Inactive
Grants to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to implement activities to support training and educational opportunities for dental therapy students, or to undertake a feasibility study to explore what it would take to begin a dental therapy training program at the TCU.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 20, 2020
Sponsor: National Indian Health Board
Tribes and Tribal Organizations Implementation of Dental Health Aide Therapy Inactive
Grants for projects that implement dental therapy in Tribal communities in states that have a legal mechanism for dental therapists to practice within the Indian Health System.
Geographic coverage: Available in 12 states.
Application Deadline: Jul 20, 2020
Sponsor: National Indian Health Board
Rural Residency Planning and Development Program Inactive
Grants to develop newly accredited, sustainable rural residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, public health, general preventive medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology. The overall goal of the program is to support expansion of the physician workforce in rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 30, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency Integration Program Inactive
Grants to prepare new nurse practitioners for primary care or behavioral health practice in integrated, community-based settings, through expansions and/or enhancements to existing 12-month Nurse Practitioner Residency (NPR) programs. Priority is given to projects that benefit rural and underserved populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 8, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nursing Workforce Diversity-Eldercare Enhancement Program Inactive
Grants to expand opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the purpose of strengthening the eldercare workforce in rural communities that have disparities in healthcare access and delivery.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 4, 2020
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Simulation Education Training Program Inactive
Funding to enhance nursing education and strengthen the nursing workforce through experiential learning opportunities, including the use of simulation-based technology to improve the health of patients, families, and communities in rural and medically underserved areas experiencing diseases and conditions that affect public health.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 1, 2020
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Treatment, Recovery, and Workforce Support Grants Inactive
Grants to implement evidence-based programs to support individuals in substance use disorder treatment and recovery to live independently and participate in the workforce. Award recipients must coordinate with Tribes, Tribal organizations, state and local workforce development boards, lead state agencies responsible for a workforce investment activity, and state agencies responsible for carrying out substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 1, 2020
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Loan repayment assistance for primary healthcare professionals who agree to serve in Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: May 21, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Loan repayment assistance for substance use disorder clinicians who agree to serve in Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 21, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program Inactive
Scholarships for students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training in exchange for a service commitment in an approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: May 15, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
AAMC Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement Inactive
Award for Association of American Medical Colleges members and teaching hospitals for projects that go beyond the traditional service role of academic medicine and address community health needs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 3, 2020
Sponsor: Association of American Medical Colleges
Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Inactive
Awards funding to health professions schools to increase diversity in the health professions workforce by providing scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Priority is given to institutions that seek to place graduates in medically underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 3, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Professions Extern Program Inactive
Externship opportunities for Indian Health Service Scholarship recipients and other interested health professions students.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 26, 2020
Sponsor: Indian Health Service
Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Inactive
Grants to expand the number of fellows at accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship and Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship programs trained as addiction medicine specialists who work in underserved, community-based settings that integrate primary care with mental health disorders and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jan 6, 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 25, 2020
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention - Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program: Behavioral Health Integration Inactive
Grants for projects designed to increase the access and quality of behavioral health services through behavioral health integrated team-based care models; and train the future nursing workforce to provide integrated behavioral health services in primary care settings through academic-practice partnerships.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 19, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Summer Health Professions Education Program Inactive
A free summer enrichment program designed to improve access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. Eligible students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and those who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 5, 2020
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Summer Hoosier Rural Preceptorship Inactive
An 8-week summer experience designed to introduce medical students to rural family medicine for underserved populations in Indiana.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 17, 2020
Sponsor: Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health
Expansion of Practitioner Education Inactive
Grants to expand the integration of substance use disorder education into the curriculum of healthcare and health services education programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 16, 2019
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
American Indians Into Medicine Inactive
Funding to implement the Indians into Medicine Program that is designed to attract and recruit qualified Indians into health professions and to ensure the availability of health professionals to serve American Indian/Alaska Native populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 20, 2019
Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
American Indians Into Psychology Inactive
Grants to operate the Indians into Psychology Program, which will recruit and provide scholarships to individuals who will become clinical psychologists and provide service to American Indian/Alaskan Native populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 20, 2019
Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Externship in Addiction Psychiatry Inactive
A clinical shadowing program for minority medical students who have an interest in services related to substance abuse treatment and prevention in underserved areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 1, 2019
Sponsor: American Psychiatric Association
Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care Program Inactive
Grants for innovative training programs that integrate behavioral healthcare into primary care, particularly in rural and underserved settings, with a special emphasis on the treatment of opioid use disorder.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 28, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Physician Assistant Program Inactive
Grants to increase the number of primary care physician assistants, particularly in rural and underserved settings, by supporting enhanced training for future and current primary care clinicians and educators and to promote primary care practice.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 14, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program Inactive
Grants to support innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 8, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Country Doctor of the Year Award Inactive
Award to a physician who best exemplifies the spirit, skill, and dedication of America's rural medical practitioners.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2018
Sponsor: Staff Care
Rural Residency Planning and Development Program Technical Assistance Inactive
Funding to establish a single technical assistance center that will support HRSA's anticipated Rural Residency Planning and Development program that is expected to begin in fiscal year 2019.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 22, 2018
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Careers Opportunity Program: The National HCOP Academies Inactive
Funds projects to increase and support opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter health professions.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: May 29, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Training Program Inactive
Grants to establish and enhance nutrition centers of excellence to improve access to comprehensive, community-based, nutrition-centered, and culturally competent coordinated care by increasing the availability of practitioners trained in maternal and child health nutrition.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 7, 2018
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) Inactive
Grants to states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories to assist them in operating their own state educational loan repayment programs for primary care providers working in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) within their state.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: May 7, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI) Inactive
A summer program designed to prepare American Indian and Alaska Native high school students to pursue careers in healthcare or biomedical research.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 30, 2018
Sponsor: Association of American Indian Physicians
Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program Inactive
Funding to support and disseminate research on trends in health workforce. In this cycle, two centers will be funded, one focused on health equity in health workforce education and training, and the other on behavioral health workforce.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 12, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities Inactive
Offers funding to states to develop and implement programs that address the dental workforce needs of designated Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 12, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Training Primary Care Champions Inactive
Grants to strengthen primary care and the workforce by establishing fellowship programs to train community-based practicing primary care physician and/or physician assistant champions to lead healthcare transformation and enhance teaching in community-based settings.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 30, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Community Based Dental Partnership Program Inactive
Offers funding to organizations to work with community-based dental providers to increase service delivery to people living with HIV/AIDS in underserved populations or geographic areas, and to train dental and hygiene students and dental residents to deliver HIV/AIDS dental care.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 19, 2018
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Paraprofessionals and Professionals Inactive
Awards funding to colleges and universities to support pre-degree internships and field placements for students pursuing careers in certain behavioral health careers. Special consideration will be given to programs that provide information and education dissemination to rural and medically underserved areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 12, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Area Health Education Centers Inactive
Grants to develop and enhance education and training networks within communities, academic institutions, and community-based organizations. The networks support the Bureau of Health Workforce's strategic priorities to increase diversity among health professionals, broaden the distribution of the health workforce, enhance healthcare quality, and improve healthcare delivery to rural and underserved areas and populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Mar 29, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration

Last Updated: 9/14/2020