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Rural Hospitals Funding & Opportunities

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New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program
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
Healthcare Connect Fund
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
Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Assistance Program
Funding for a single entity to provide targeted in-depth assistance to vulnerable rural hospitals within communities that are struggling to maintain healthcare services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 16, 2018
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
American Hospital Association Health Care Transformation Fellowship
An intensive, 9 month fellowship program to provide healthcare leaders with information and skills to implement innovative healthcare delivery and payment system models.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 10, 2018
Sponsor: American Hospital Association
Rural Hospital Leadership Award
Provides an educational stipend to a small or rural hospital administrator or chief executive officer to attend an AHA Annual Meeting or Health Forum Leadership Conference.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 31, 2018
Sponsor: American Hospital Association
BNSF Railway Foundation Grants
Offers grants to organizations that operate near a BNSF railway line. Among others, priority areas include health and human service organizations, programs that address chemical dependency treatment and prevention, spouse and child abuse, women's and children's aid, transitional shelters, hospitals, medical programs, and youth development programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Foundation
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
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
Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI)
Provides technical assistance, education, and support for healthcare providers in rural communities who are preparing for and participating in value-based payment models.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: National Rural Accountable Care Consortium
MultiPlan Rural Health Outreach Grant Inactive
Grants to hospitals serving rural areas to develop creative community outreach programs that encourage new services or reach new populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2018
Sponsor: MultiPlan
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
Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service Inactive
Honors healthcare delivery organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 6, 2018
Sponsor: American Hospital Association
Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program Inactive
Grants to promote the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 23, 2018
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program Inactive
Grants to support projects that will enhance and sustain the delivery of effective healthcare in rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 6, 2017
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
American Hospital Association NOVA Awards Inactive
Awards that recognize innovative hospital/health system collaborations working to improve community health status.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2017
Sponsor: American Hospital Association
Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Technical Assistance Inactive
Technical assistance to small hospitals in rural, persistent-poverty areas to help prepare and assist them in moving from a fee-for-service and volume based payment system to one that is dependent on value and quality.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 23, 2017
Sponsor: National Rural Health Resource Center
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
Hospital Charitable Service Awards Inactive
Recognizes hospitals in the United States whose commitment to their community has led to innovative, sustainable, and collaborative efforts to improve community health and increase access to healthcare education and services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 31, 2016
Sponsor: Jackson Healthcare
Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) Inactive
Funding to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural, frontier and underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 8, 2016
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
Rural Child Poverty Telehealth Network Grant Program Inactive
Awards funding to telehealth networks that integrate social and human service organizations. Networks must demonstrate how integration of social and human service organizations can expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of healthcare services for children living in impoverished rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 6, 2015
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Inactive
Grants to states to assist Critical Access Hospitals with quality and performance activities, including: stabilizing rural hospital finance; integrating emergency medical services (EMS) into their health care systems; incorporating population health; and fostering innovative models of health care.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 6, 2015
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program Inactive
Supports the development of formal rural health networks that focus on care coordination activities for diabetes, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 6, 2015
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration

Last Updated: 6/14/2018