Rural Health Grants

Rural Health Grants

There are numerous rural health grant opportunities aimed at improving the quality of health care in rural areas—made available to hospitals in the form of public grants, federally-funded demonstration projects, and private grants. The single best resource for federal funding of rural health grant programs is Use the “Search Grants” drop down menu to identify rural health grant opportunities by agency (e.g. HRSA or CMS).

Current federal grant opportunities include:

HHS’ Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System (TAGGS) website currently displays detailed descriptions on grants. The Grants by Location – US by Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan report provides grant data sorted by the Fiscal Year, Organization, State, and County Classification. Grant award distribution can be further refined by selection of Metropolitan, Non-Metropolitan, or Unknown grouping parameters, using the definitions provided by OMB's county-wide designations. Visit the website at


The journal Health Affairs published a reference “Foundation Funding to Improve Rural Health Care,” in its January 2016 issue. What’s unique is the sampling of foundation funding in rural health that references Helmsley, RQJF, Macy, and more. They also have a GrantWatch Blog.

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) lists rural funding and grant opportunities by type, sponsor, topic and state. The RHIhub website provides summaries of the latest and ongoing funding and opportunities for rural communities, including federal, state, and foundation opportunities.

The DHHS, HRSA, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy facilitates grant funding through its “Community-Based Division.” Find out what’s available from them including access to emergency devices, opioid overdose reversal, care coordination, health care services outreach and more on their website.

The Rural Business Cooperative Service is another excellent resource on grants to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development. Currently they are inviting applications for grants in a number of areas including transportation and development.

Another general resource is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. A search for rural health, hospital or development will lead you to current funding opportunities.

Opportunities to apply for guaranteed mortgages or loans may be found at:

Visit the section for small or rural hospitals for additional information. 

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