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Rural Hospitals – Funding & Opportunities

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Rural Hospital Leadership Team Award
Award that honors an exceptional leadership team that has guided their rural hospital and community through transformational change and healthcare reform.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 31, 2022
Sponsor: American Hospital Association
Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Hardship Exception Application
CMS eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) may be exempted from the Medicare Promoting Interoperability payment adjustment if they can show that compliance with the requirement for being a meaningful EHR user would result in a significant hardship. Eligible hospitals and CAHs may submit a hardship exception application each year for a maximum of 5 years.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 1, 2022
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP)
Technical assistance and training for rural healthcare providers to build capacity in value-based care (VBC), with emphasis on efficiency, quality, patient experience, and safety. The program's goal is to guide small rural hospitals and rural health clinics that are not currently participating in VBC to prepare for participation in a health system focused on value.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2022
Sponsor: National Rural Health Resource Center
Rural Health Care Program – 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: Apr 1, 2023
Sponsors: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company
American Hospital Association Next Generation Leaders Fellowship and Rural Scholarships
A fellowship program designed to empower healthcare leaders to bring about lasting change in the hospital and health systems in which they serve. CDC Project Firstline is funding 12 full scholarships of $10,500 each for 12 candidates 5-10 years from the C-suite at a rural hospital or health system and who are committed to transforming infection prevention and control.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: American Hospital Association
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. Small, rural Critical Access Hospitals are eligible to apply.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Federal Housing Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Primary Care Development Corporation Financing and Technical Assistance
Primary Care Development Corporation is a Community Development Financial Institution that provides loan products, training, resources, and technical assistance/business development services for healthcare providers in under-resourced communities with the goal of transforming and expanding primary care. Rural providers are encouraged to apply.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Primary Care Development Corporation
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
Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service Inactive
Monetary awards that honor health delivery organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 30, 2022
Sponsor: American Hospital Association
Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDL and REDG) Inactive
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
Application Deadline: Jun 30, 2022
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development

Last Updated: 6/2/2022