Emergency Rural Health Care Grants
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of up to $500 million in grant funding, appropriated under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, for the establishment of the Emergency Rural Health Care (ERHC) Grant Program. As authorized under Section 1002 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, funds will be made available and distributed between two tracks of funding to eligible applicants: Track One, Recovery grants to offer support for rural health care services in the form of immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID–19 emergency; and Track Two, Impact grants to offer longer-term funding to advance ideas and solutions to support long-term sustainability of rural health.
This NOFA is being issued pursuant to the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and is considered to be Economically Significant and Major. Funds will be administered in accordance with this NOFA and will be distributed between two tracks of funding: Under Track One, Recovery grants are designed to provide emergency grant funding for eligible CF applicants to help rural hospitals and local communities broaden access to COVID–19 vaccines and testing, health care services including telehealth services, and food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities in rural areas. Track Two, Impact grants are designed to plan for, implement, and evaluate models to support the long-term sustainability of rural health care. Long-term sustainability is defined as improved health outcomes, improved access to quality health care, and creating and maintaining health care as a key economic driver of small communities.
Track Two: Impact Grant applicants must also establish a network or group of entities that consist of health care provider organizations, economic development entities, federally-recognized Tribes or institutions of higher learning (which may include academic health and research institutes).
Track One: Recovery Grants
Minimum Award: $25,000
Maximum Award: $1,000,000
Track Two: Impact Grants
Minimum Award: $5,000,000
Maximum Award: $10,000,000
Until funds are exhausted.
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