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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – Funding & Opportunities

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Telehealth Centers of Excellence Program
A limited competition for incumbent Telehealth Center of Excellence award recipients to assess specific telehealth uses and services to improve healthcare in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 20, 2021
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education Pilot Project Grant Program
Grants for innovative research projects that focus on reducing the burden of alcohol use disorders in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities and to support and provide mentorship to junior investigators during the development of their novel approaches to improving the lives of AI/AN people.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): May 28, 2021
Application Deadline: Jul 30, 2021
Sponsors: Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE), Washington State University
Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program
Assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 1, 2021
Sponsor: Universal Service Administrative Company
Rural 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 1, 2021
Sponsor: Universal Service Administrative Company
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants
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, 2021
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Telehealth Strategies for Individuals with HIV and Substance Use Disorders
Notice of Special Interest for research to explore and develop telehealth methods and strategies for diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and population analysis in individuals living with HIV and substance use disorder.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Sep 7, 2024
Sponsors: National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
CORE Concepts in Telehealth Certificate Program
Self-paced online training program for healthcare students and professionals covering CORE (Clinical, Operational, Regulatory, and Ethics) concepts for successful implementation and delivery of telehealth. Organized in 7 modules, featuring case studies and interactive content on telehealth technology, telepresence skills, licensing, and regulation.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: American Board of Telehealth
Economic Development Assistance Programs Including CARES Act Funding
Grants support the implementation of regional economic development, including public works projects and job creation projects. Past projects have included funding for water and wastewater projects in hospitals and healthcare facilities and road infrastructure projects that would support the expansion of healthcare facilities. CARES Act funding will provide a wide-range of financial assistance as communities respond to, and recover from, the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration
Virtual Living Room - Using Technology to Address the Critical Healthcare Needs of Veterans in Rural Areas
A grant program that combines rural technology, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs resources, and local support to provide solutions to improve healthcare access for veterans in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Foundation for Rural Service, NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Evidence Based Telehealth Network Program (EB THNP) Inactive
Funding to use telehealth networks to increase access to care in rural and frontier communities using direct-to-consumer (DTC) telehealth technologies and to evaluate those services to establish an evidence base for assessing the effectiveness of DTC telehealth care for patients, providers, and payers.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 2, 2021
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Last Updated: 4/5/2021