The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Office, is now accepting applications for Emergency Rural Health Care Grants, which is part of the American Rescue Plan Act.
The Emergency Rural Health Care program is designed to help broaden access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural health care services, and food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities. Click here for an overview of the Emergency Rural Health Care Grant program.
Rural health care is challenged by immediate financial needs stemming from COVID-19 related expenses. Long-term access to – and availability of – rural health care services have been further hampered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to these challenges, this program offers two tracks of funding to eligible applicants.
- Track One: Recovery Grants provide immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency
- Track Two: Impact Grants advance ideas and solutions to solve regional rural health care problems to support the long-term sustainability of rural health
Eligible applicants include public bodies, community-based nonprofits, and federally-recognized Tribes. Facilities and projects supported through this grant must be located in rural areas with populations of 20,000 or fewer, and must primarily serve rural areas.