Rural Health

Useful Links

Federal Grants

Rural Assistance Center

The Rural Assistance Center is a consolidated assistance center for federal grant opportunities relevant to rural health.

Funding Programs through U.S. Department of Agriculture

Find links to funding sources for community development including community health facilities.

Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program is a federal grant awarded every three years to projects that demonstrate effective models of outreach and service delivery through collaboration, adoption of an evidence-based or promising practice model, demonstration of health outcomes, and sustainability.

Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Health Network Development Program

The HRSA Rural Health Network Development Program is a federal program that emphasizes service delivery through collaboration. The grantee must form a consortium with at least two additional partners.

Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program

The federal HRSA Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program's legislative purpose is to expand access to, coordinate and improve the quality of essential healthcare services and to enhance the delivery of healthcare in rural areas. Check the link above for the next grant cycle.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program

The federal U.S Department of Agriculture Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program is designed to specifically meet the educational and health needs of rural Americans.

Universal Service Fund

The Universal Service Administrative Company administers the Universal Service Fund providing communities across America with affordable telecommunications services.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) administers grant programs that further the deployment and use of broadband and other technologies in America.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is dedicated to improving the quality of life and expanding the economic opportunity for rural Americans. The agency does this by providing various loan and grant programs to help meet the diverse needs of small rural communities for housing, businesses and critical infrastructure.

Physician Bonus – Medicare 10 Percent Rural Bonus

Under this federal program, Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services gives a ten percent bonus payment (excludes technical or diagnostic services) provided within the geographic health professional shortage area (HPSA). (Note: this program isn't available to practices certified as rural health clinics.)

National Resources

Rural Assistance Center

The Rural Health Information Hub is a consolidated assistance center for opportunities and resources relevant to rural health.

Rural Research Gateway

The Rural Research Gateway is a tool to find publications and information on projects funded through the federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Health Grants

Check regularly for federal grant opportunities. New grants come up often.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Find links to funding and resources for community development, including health facilities.

Private Grants

Cambia Health Foundation

The Cambia Health Foundation provides grants for healthcare transformation, health of the underserved, and innovations in palliative care.

Cargill Foundation

The Cargill Foundation supports programs that have a meaningful impact in communities.

Empire Health Foundation

The Empire Health Foundation focuses in the areas of access, education, research and public policy in the seven county region of Eastern Washington. The seven counties are: Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams and Whitman.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is to improve the health and healthcare of all Americans.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.

The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation promotes the physical health and well-being of low-income and vulnerable populations by improving the environmental and social conditions affecting them and their communities and by increasing access to high-quality healthcare through support of the safety net.

The Ben B. Cheney Foundation

The Ben B. Cheney Foundation makes grants in communities where the Cheney Lumber Company was active. The foundation's goal is to improve quality of life in those communities by making grants to a wide range of activities.

Milbank Memorial Fund

The Milbank Memorial Fund is an endowed operating foundation that works to improve health by helping decision makers in the public and private sectors acquire and use the best available evidence to inform policy for healthcare and population health.

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

The MJ Murdock Charitable Trust seeks to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to non-profit organizations that seek to strengthen the region's educational, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

Inland Northwest Community Foundation

Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF) is a non-profit corporation that serves 10 counties in Eastern Washington and 10 counties in North Idaho. INWCF services help people who care about the region accomplish their charitable goals.

Washington Academy of Family Physicians Foundation

The Washington Academy of Family Physicians Foundation's mission is to fund worthy projects that advance the practice of family medicine and ultimately benefit the patients served by the Washington State family physicians.

Washington Dental Service Foundation

The Washington Dental Service Foundation (WDS) is a non-profit funded by Washington Dental Service, committed to lasting approaches to improving the oral health of Washington's residents. The foundation's mission is to prevent oral disease and improve overall health.

National Rural Funders Collaborative

National Rural Funders Collaborative (NRFC) supports a broad spectrum of rural strategies for investment and best practices.

Health Professional Shortage Area Provider Survey

The Washington State Department of Health, in partnership with the Shortage Designation Branch of the federal Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), is conducting a short survey of the primary care, dental, and mental health physicians in your county. These designations are the prerequisite for more than 30 federal and state programs such as National Health Service Corps loan repayment and scholarship program, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive payments for physician services, and enhanced reimbursement opportunities for qualified rural health centers.

Your participation in this survey is very important and we are grateful for your time and support.

Please ensure you review the survey instructions prior to starting, if you have questions about HPSA designations and their related programs, or any survey-related concerns please email HPSA Designations.

State Grants

State Rural Hospital Flexibility Program

Washington State is participating in the State Rural Hospital Flexibility Program to promote the objectives of the Critical Access Hospital Program.

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program

The Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant (SHIP) grant program helps small hospitals meet federal government hospital regulations.

Washington State Emergency Medical System (EMS) Grant Program

The Washington State Emergency Medical System (EMS) Grant Program is available through the Trauma Care Fund.

Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council

The Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council offers an infrastructure assistance database as a resource for locating funding or technical assistance in Washington State.

Washington Health Care Facilities Authority

The Washington Health Care Facilities Authority was created by the legislature in 1974 to provide a new source of capital funding for modern, well equipped and reasonably priced healthcare facilities.