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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – Funding & Opportunities

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Supporting Providers and Families to Access Telehealth and Distant Care Services for Pediatric Care: Rural Practices Telehealth Stipend
Technical assistance, stipends, and a virtual learning community for community-based practices that serve pediatric patients in rural areas. Assistance will support the implementation of telehealth and distance care.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 22, 2020
Sponsors: American Academy of Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, National Rural Health Association
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Grants to promote the planning and development of integrated 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 16, 2020
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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
Nevada Project ECHO Clinics
Training and indirect telehealth consultations for primary care providers to meet the specialty care needs of patients in rural and underserved areas. Providers in Nevada receive priority; however, there is capacity to assist providers nationally.
Geographic coverage: Offered to providers in Nevada and nationally.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Office of Statewide Initiatives
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
Smart Rural Community Showcase Award Inactive
Honors rural communities that have achieved high levels of broadband activity and have used it to support innovative practices in industry sectors, such as healthcare, safety and security, and economic development.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 16, 2020
Sponsor: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
Foundation for Rural Service Community Grant Program Inactive
Grants to support a variety of local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural communities across America. Focus areas include business development, community development, education, and telecommunications.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2020
Sponsor: Foundation for Rural Service
Maternal Telehealth Access Project: Collaboration and Innovation for Equity and Healthy Families Inactive
Grants for organizations to strengthen their COVID-19 response by delivering or supporting the delivery of equitable maternal health support and services through telehealth. The goal of the program is to ensure that women at highest risk receive quality maternal care services before, during, and/or after pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 14, 2020
Sponsors: Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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
COVID-19 Tribal Telehealth Mini-grant Inactive
Grants for tribes and tribal organizations to strengthen their local COVID-19 response by building capacity for the delivery of telehealth services and fulfill immediate Tribal telehealth needs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 21, 2020
Sponsor: National Indian Health Board
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 Health Care Telecommunications Program Inactive
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 30, 2020
Sponsor: Universal Service Administrative Company
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
COVID-19 Telehealth Program Inactive
Support for eligible healthcare providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 25, 2020
Sponsor: Federal Communications Commission
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
Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Program Inactive
A cooperative agreement to operate a telehealth focused research center that will work to assist rural health providers and governmental decision makers by increasing the amount of policy-relevant telehealth related research.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 1, 2020
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Smart Rural Community Grant Inactive
Funding to support the development and implementation of innovative broadband-enabled solutions to support rural commerce, healthcare, public safety, economic development, education, energy, and other community-oriented initiatives.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
Sponsor: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
USDA WIC Telehealth Innovations Project Inactive
A cooperative agreement for a single entity to support the implementation and evaluation of telehealth services in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) federal nutrition assistance program that serves low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women; infants; and children up to 5 years old who are at nutrition risk. The purpose of the telehealth program is to supplement the nutrition education and breastfeeding support offered in WIC clinics, and to decrease barriers to access to WIC services, particularly in rural communities, and other populations facing barriers to accessing support.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Letter of Intent (Required): Jun 25, 2019
Application Deadline: Jul 25, 2019
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Licensure Portability Grant Program Inactive
Funding for state licensing boards to develop and implement state policies that will reduce statutory and regulatory barriers to telemedicine, with the ultimate goal of addressing workforce shortages and improving access to care in underserved and rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 11, 2019
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
Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program Inactive
Funding to promote behavioral health integration in pediatric primary care by supporting the development of new, or the improvement of existing, statewide or regional pediatric mental healthcare telehealth access programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 11, 2019
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program Inactive
Grants for current Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program award recipients in states with certified Critical Access Hospitals to work with providers and other partners to improve access to needed healthcare services and to improve the coordination of care for veterans living in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Nov 30, 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2019
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Geriatrics Academic Career Award Program Inactive
Funding to support the career development of junior faculty in geriatrics at accredited schools of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, dentistry, pharmacy, and allied health. The overall goals of the program are to develop the necessary skills to lead healthcare transformation in a variety of settings, including rural and/or medically underserved settings, to be age-friendly and to provide training in clinical geriatrics, including the training of interprofessional teams of healthcare professionals to provide healthcare for older adults.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 15, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program Inactive
Funding to use telehealth networks to increase access to behavioral healthcare services in rural and frontier communities and to conduct evaluations of those efforts to establish an evidence-base for assessing the effectiveness of tele-behavioral healthcare for patients, providers, and payers.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 25, 2018
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
Substance Abuse Treatment Telehealth Network Grant Program Inactive
Grants to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to healthcare services, particularly substance abuse treatment services, in rural, frontier, and underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 23, 2017
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Telehealth Center of Excellence Inactive
A grant to support a Telehealth Center of Excellence that will examine the efficacy of telehealth services in rural and urban areas, serve as a national clearinghouse for telehealth research and resources, and provide technical assistance for other telehealth providers.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 21, 2017
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program - Regional and National Inactive
Supports the establishment and development of Telehealth Resource Centers that provide technical assistance to healthcare organizations, healthcare networks, and healthcare providers in the implementation of telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 2, 2017
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth
Addiction Technology Transfer Centers Cooperative Agreements Inactive
Grants to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 9, 2017
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Last Updated: 10/7/2020