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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 hospital and community through transformational change on the road to healthcare reform.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 31, 2020
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, 2020
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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
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
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: Jul 13, 2020
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Utilities Service
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, 2020
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Rural Healthcare Connect Fund Inactive
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 30, 2020
Sponsor: Universal Service Administrative Company
Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) Inactive
Funding to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality healthcare services in rural, frontier, and underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2020
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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: May 22, 2020
Sponsor: American Hospital Association
Rural Health Care Coordination Program Inactive
Funding for rural health consortiums working to improve access and quality of care through care coordination strategies with the focus areas of collaboration, leadership, workforce, improved outcomes, and sustainability in rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Mar 12, 2020
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Inactive
Grants to promote the planning and development of rural 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 and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Nov 29, 2019
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
American Hospital Association Dick Davidson NOVA Awards Inactive
Awards that recognize innovative hospital/health system collaborations working to improve community health status.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 25, 2019
Sponsor: American Hospital Association
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: Oct 28, 2019
Sponsors: Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of Treasury
Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Technical Assistance Inactive
Technical assistance for 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
Letter of Intent (Required): Sep 15, 2019
Application Deadline: Oct 16, 2019
Sponsor: National Rural Health Resource Center
MultiPlan Rural Health Grant Inactive
Grants to help healthcare providers in rural areas introduce or expand services, education, screenings and other programs aimed at improving the health of people in their communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019
Sponsor: MultiPlan
Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Inactive
Grants to state designated entities to assist Critical Access Hospitals with quality and performance activities, including: stabilizing rural hospital finance; integrating emergency medical services (EMS) into their healthcare systems; incorporating population health; and fostering innovative models of healthcare.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 29, 2019
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
American Hospital Association Equity of Care Awards Inactive
Honorary awards that recognize hospitals and health systems that have achieved a high level of success in advancing diversity and health equity through data, leadership, cultural awareness, and partnerships.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 19, 2019
Sponsors: American Hospital Association, Institute for Diversity and Health Equity
Small Rural Hospital Improvement 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 payment and care goals; join or become an accountable care organization; and purchase health information technology, equipment, or training.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 3, 2019
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Assistance Program Inactive
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
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

Last Updated: 7/8/2020