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Education and Training of the Rural Healthcare Workforce – Funding & Opportunities

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Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care (PCTE-RTPC) Program
To increase the distribution of primary care physicians in rural and underserved areas, this grant is designed to enhance accredited residency training programs in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics (med-peds) in rural and/or underserved areas. Funds can also support the development of rural and/or underserved residency tracks within existing accredited residency programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 24, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rural Interprofessional Health Professions Summer Preceptorships
Offers a paid educational experience for healthcare professions students who want to learn more about healthcare provision in rural settings. Preceptor locations are in Illinois.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 9, 2020
Sponsor: National Center for Rural Health Professions
Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry
Grants 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 improve access to and delivery of oral healthcare delivery to low income, underserved, uninsured, underrepresented minority, health disparity, and rural populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2020
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 50% 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 and Community Health Professional Coding (ArchProCoding), National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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
Online Sexual Violence Training for Community Health Workers/ Promotoras
A 4-hour online course for community health workers that provides an introduction to basic knowledge and skills useful in assisting and responding to victims of sexual violence.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Arizona Rural Women's Health Network
Rural Graduate Medical Education Planning and Development Technical Assistance
Technical assistance with the development of new rural family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry residency programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: RuralGME.org
Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program Inactive
Funding to support the training of residents in new or expanded primary care residency training programs in community-based ambulatory patient care centers.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 30, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
YouthBuild Grants Inactive
Grants to organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services for at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. Training includes affordable housing construction skills and other in-demand industries, such as healthcare, information technology, hospitality, retail services, and logistics.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 6, 2019
Sponsors: Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC): Grant Initiative for the Appalachian and Delta Regions Inactive
Grants for projects in the Appalachian region and Lower Mississippi Delta region that will provide career, training, and support services to eligible individuals in counties and parishes and/or areas currently underserved by other resources. Grants will support workforce development activities that prepare dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with a regional or community economic development strategy. High demand industries include manufacturing, IT, healthcare, and energy.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2019
Sponsors: Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
Faculty Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Loan repayment for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who agree to serve as faculty at eligible health professions schools for a minimum of 2 years.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Jun 27, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
American Indians Into Nursing Inactive
Grants to operate the American Indians into Nursing Program that is designed to recruit, retain, graduate and increase the number of registered nurses, certified nurse midwives and nurse practitioners who deliver healthcare services to American Indian/Alaska Native communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 20, 2019
Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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: May 15, 2019
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Graduate Psychology Education Program Inactive
Grants to support doctoral-level psychology education and training programs to prepare psychologists to address the behavioral health needs, including opioid use and substance use, in high-need underserved and rural populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 7, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Opioid Workforce Expansion Program - Paraprofessionals Inactive
Grants to train behavioral health-related paraprofessionals, such as peer support specialists, to address the behavioral health needs, including opioid use and substance use, in high-need underserved and rural populations. A special emphasis is on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the specific concerns of children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth in high need and high demand areas who are at risk for behavioral health disorders.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 7, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Opioid Workforce Expansion Program - Professionals Inactive
Grants to train behavioral health professionals to address the behavioral health needs, including opioid use and substance use, in high-need underserved and rural populations. A special emphasis is on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the specific concerns of children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth in high need and high demand areas who are at risk for behavioral health disorders.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 7, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants - Opioid Inactive
Grants to improve access to opioid treatment in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, computer networks, and related advanced technologies.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2019
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program (NAT) Inactive
Funding for 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: Apr 15, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rural Residency Planning and Development Program Inactive
Grants to develop new rural residency programs or Rural Training Tracks in family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry to support expansion of the physician workforce in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 25, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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: Mar 22, 2019
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) – Veteran Nurses in Primary Care (VNPC) Training Program Inactive
Grants to recruit and train military veteran nursing students to practice at the full scope of their license in community-based primary care teams. In addition, the VNPC Training Program will provide professional development opportunities and educational support for practicing Registered Nurses/preceptors aimed at developing primary care expertise and skill sets to provide high-quality care that addresses the unique needs of veterans.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Mar 8, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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, 2019
Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program Inactive
Grants to establish and operate geriatric education centers that will work to equip the primary care workforce and develop a healthcare workforce that maximizes patient and family engagement and improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics and primary care. Special emphasis is on providing the primary care workforce with the knowledge and skills to care for older adults and partnering with community-based organizations to address gaps in healthcare for older adults, promote age-friendly health systems and dementia-friendly communities, and address the social determinants of health.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 6, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Physician Assistant Program Inactive
Grants to increase the number of primary care physician assistants, particularly in rural and underserved settings, by supporting enhanced training for future and current primary care clinicians and educators and to promote primary care practice.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 14, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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 8, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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 and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Dec 10, 2018
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration
Delta Health Care Services Grant Program Inactive
Grants 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: Nov 26, 2018
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Health Careers Opportunity Program: The National HCOP Academies Inactive
Funds projects to increase and support opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter health professions.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: May 29, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program Inactive
Funding to train healthcare professionals to use valid and reliable screening and diagnostic tools, in addition to providing evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 20, 2018
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Training Primary Care Champions Inactive
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
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) – Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) Training Program Inactive
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
Preventive Medicine Residency Program Inactive
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
Regional Public Health Training Centers Program Inactive
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
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
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
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
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, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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 and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Jan 22, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Last Updated: 11/22/2019