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USDA - Emergency Rural Health Care Grants. $500M Available.

Opportunity Title:

Emergency Rural Health Care Grants


This program is designed to help broaden access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural healthcare services, and food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities. This program offers two tracks of funding:

  • Track One: Recovery Grants provide immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency. Grant funds must be used in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and to support immediate health care needs, to help prepare for a future pandemic event, or to increase access to quality health care services and improve community health outcomes. Grant awards range from $25,000 - $1 million.

  • Track Two: Impact Grants advance ideas and solutions to solve regional rural health care problems 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 sustainable economic development for small communities.” Grant funds must be used in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant awards range from $5 million - $10 million.

Grant funds are limited to an applicable percentage of eligible project costs (up to 75 percent) based on population and the median household income of the population served.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Public bodies

  • Community-based nonprofits

  • Federally-recognized Tribes

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).

Facilities and projects must be located in – and primarily serve – rural areas. Rural areas including cities, villages, towns, townships, and federally-recognized Tribal lands with no more than 20,000 residents as determined by the latest U.S. Census Data are eligible for this program.

The grants can cover up to 75 percent of eligible project costs based on population and median household income of the population to be served.

Total Amount Available:


Application Deadline:

Until funds are exhausted.

Grant Management Associates has years of experience with opportunities like this one. Contact us today for a consultation.

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