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Education and Training of the Rural Healthcare Workforce Funding & Opportunities

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Regional Public Health Training Centers Program
Grants to support Regional Public Health Training Centers designed to increase the number of individuals in the public health workforce; enhance the quality of the workforce; and improve the ability of the workforce to meet national, state, and local healthcare needs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 19, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Preventive Medicine Residency Program
Grants to provide graduate medical education training to preventive medicine residents for the purpose of increasing the number and quality of preventive medicine residents and physicians to support access to preventive medicine and to improve the health of communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 26, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) – Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) Training Program
Funding for partnerships between nurse training programs and community-based primary care facilities to recruit and train nursing students and current registered nurses to practice at the full scope of their license. Programs should emphasize chronic disease prevention and control, to include mental health and substance abuse conditions. Priority will be given to applicants that benefit rural and underserved populations or that meet state and local public health department needs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 29, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Training Primary Care Champions
Grants to strengthen primary care and the workforce by establishing fellowship programs to train community-based practicing primary care physician and/or physician assistant champions to lead healthcare transformation and enhance teaching in community-based settings.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 30, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Discount for Rural Health Coding and Billing Specialist Online Course
Offers a $200 discount on an online self-study course for rural healthcare professionals to attain certification as a Rural Coding and Billing Specialist.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Association for Rural Health Professional Coding (ARHPC), National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Hearst Foundations Grants
Grants to support well-established nonprofit organizations working in the fields of education, health, culture, and social service.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Hearst Foundations
Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation Grants
Grants dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation
Scholarship for Obstetrical Simulation Course Emergencies & Catastrophes
Provides scholarships to attend obstetrical simulation course to family medicine physicians, nurse midwives and licensed midwives who practice in a rural healthcare setting in the southeastern United States.
Geographic coverage: Southeast United States
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation
Delta Health Care Services Grant Program Inactive
Provides financial assistance to address unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among healthcare professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions, and other entities.
Geographic coverage: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee
Application Deadline: Oct 10, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants Inactive
Provides grants to improve telemedicine services and distance learning services in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, computer networks, and related advanced technologies.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 17, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) Inactive
Offers loan repayment to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who agree to serve as faculty at eligible health professions schools for a minimum of 2 years.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 29, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Paraprofessionals and Professionals Inactive
Awards funding to colleges and universities to support pre-degree internships and field placements for students pursuing careers in certain behavioral health careers. Special consideration will be given to programs that provide information and education dissemination to rural and medically underserved areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 12, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute Inactive
An intensive training experience to support the career development of promising minority health/health disparities research scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 12, 2017
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
ACT Health IT: Health Information Technology (HIT) Training for Healthcare Professionals Inactive
Online, no-cost Health Information Technology training courses for healthcare professionals that are designed to help prepare for the transition to value-driven care; enhance skills to work more efficiently; and build teams to improve care delivery, quality, and support.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 10, 2017
Sponsors: Johns Hopkins University, Normandale Community College
Rural Interprofessional Health Professions Summer Preceptorships Inactive
Offers a paid, 6-week educational experience for healthcare professions students who want to learn more about healthcare provision in rural settings. Preceptor locations are located in Illinois.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 12, 2017
Sponsor: National Center for Rural Health Professions
Indian Health Service Dental Externships Inactive
Externships for dental students interested in a career with the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health or a Tribal site.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2017
Sponsor: Indian Health Service
Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry Clinician Educator Career Development Award Inactive
Grants to strengthen the primary care workforce by training and supporting physicians, physician assistants, dentists, and dental hygienists who plan to teach in the primary care fields.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 13, 2017
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration
Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Inactive
Awards funding to plan, develop, and operate predoctoral training programs in dentistry and dental hygiene for dental and dental hygiene students that address enhancing pediatric training to support improved access to oral health care for vulnerable, underserved, or rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 30, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program Inactive
Grants to support innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 25, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program (NAT) Inactive
Provides funding to accredited institutions to support traineeships for licensed nurses who are enrolled in a nurse anesthesia program, with preference given to projects that will benefit rural and underserved populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 5, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program Inactive
Grants to establish and/or operate scholarship or stipend programs aimed at increasing nursing education opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 18, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Inactive
Funding for public or nonprofit institutions of higher education to provide training to health professionals at the graduate and postgraduate levels in adolescent and young adult core health disciplines, including medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and social work.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 10, 2016
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
America’s Promise Job Driven Grant Program Inactive
Funding to create and implement regional, sector-based workforce development projects to meet the needs of both businesses and workers in industries that typically use a significant number of H-1B Visas, such as healthcare and IT.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 25, 2016
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration
Medical Professionals Recruitment and Continuing Education Program Inactive
Funding to increase recruitment of American Indian/Alaskan Natives into medical professions.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 27, 2016
Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
American Indians Into Nursing Inactive
Grants to operate the American Indians into Nursing Program, to develop and maintain American Indian nursing career recruitment programs, designed to encourage Indians to enter the nursing field.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 1, 2016
Sponsor: Indian Health Service
Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Inactive
Awards funding to increase the number of advanced practice nurses who are prepared to meet the primary care needs of rural and underserved communities by providing traineeships to nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees as primary care nurse practitioners (NP) or nurse-midwives.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement Inactive
Awards funding to research, develop, and disseminate clinical teaching methods designed to train the primary care workforce. Focus areas include the development of models that will train the primary care workforce for rural practice.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 22, 2016
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention- Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program: Behavioral Health Integration Inactive
Grants for projects that integrate interprofessional and collaborative models of behavioral health services into routine nurse-led primary care delivered in vulnerable and/or underserved/rural populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 22, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Bachelor of Science in Nursing Practicums in Community Settings Program Inactive
Funding established so that new BSN graduates may receive experiential training that increases BSN student’s exposure to some of the nation’s most vulnerable and underserved populations that reside in rural community-based settings.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 20, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Graduate Psychology Education Program (GPE) Inactive
Offers grants to support doctoral-level psychology education and training programs to prepare psychologists to address the behavioral health needs, including substance abuse and behavioral health services, of underserved and rural populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 5, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Regional AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETCs) Inactive
Funding to operate an AIDS education and training center program that will train primary healthcare clinicians to improve healthcare and health outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS. Centers must include training for providers serving minority, rural, and underserved populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2015
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals Inactive
Provides grants for demonstration projects that provide low-income or TANF recipients with the opportunity to obtain education and training for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Apr 29, 2015
Application Deadline: May 29, 2015
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families
Health Profession Opportunity Grants for Tribes, Tribal Organizations or Tribal College or University Inactive
Offers grants for demonstration projects at tribal colleges and universities that will provide low-income or TANF recipients with the opportunity to obtain education and training for occupations in the healthcare field.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Apr 29, 2015
Application Deadline: May 29, 2015
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families
Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Inactive
The goal of the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake education to enter a health profession.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 15, 2015
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Rural Network Allied Health Training Program Inactive
Offers funding to develop formal rural health networks that focus on the recruitment, training, and retention of the rural allied health workforce. Networks must consist of at least three healthcare providers and must partner with an accredited two-year educational institution.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2015
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program Inactive
Provides funding to establish and operate geriatric education centers that will work to equip the primary care workforce with the knowledge and skills to care for older adults, and develop a healthcare workforce that will seek to include patient and family engagement by integrating geriatrics with primary care.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 5, 2015
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce
Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry Inactive
Provides funds to plan, develop, operate, or participate in, postdoctoral training programs in the fields of general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and dental public health. Programs should prepare postdoctoral trained dentists to practice in and lead new and innovative models of oral health care delivery to underserved and vulnerable groups.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 4, 2015
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals Inactive
Awards funding to colleges and universities to operate and expand paraprofessional training programs that will meet the employment needs of a community, especially in rural and underserved areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 16, 2014
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas Through Education and Training Program Inactive
Awards funding to develop innovative education and training programs that will use flexible, distance training methods to train public health workers in isolated areas of the country who may lack access to traditional Maternal and Child Health training programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 21, 2014
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Veterans to Nurses and Physician Assistants Workforce Program Inactive
Funding to create a Veterans to Nurses and Physician Assistants Workforce Program that will expand opportunities for veterans with prior medical training to receive the education necessary to become civilian nurses and physician assistants. Preference will be given to applicants that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations. A single cooperative agreement will be awarded.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 26, 2013
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Veterans to BSN Coordinating Center Inactive
Offers funding to operate a coordinating center to support the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Veterans to BSN grantees by providing technical assistance, data collection, and program assessment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 7, 2013
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration

Last Updated: 12/5/2017