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AmeriCorps VISTA Seeking Proposals for Community Projects
January 14 
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that provides grants and resources for civic engagement and service through two signature volunteer programs, Senior Corps and AmeriCorps.  Rural communities, Indian country and areas of concentrated poverty are among the priority populations for AmeriCorps VISTA, a federal anti-poverty program that provides short-term support for organizations developing long-term solutions.  Projects must be developed in accordance with four core principles:  1) an anti-poverty focus, 2) community empowerment, 3) sustainable solutions, and 4) capacity building.

FY 19 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning

HRSA/FORHP announced a second round of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (Planning). The purpose of this program is to support treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural communities.  In FY 18, HRSA made 95 awards and in FY 19, HRSA anticipates making approximately 120 awards.  The current Planning awardees can be found on the HRSA website.  Any domestic organization forming a consortium of four or more members in a rural community may be eligible to apply for funding.  More information on eligibility and requirements can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Interested applicants may attend a live technical assistance webinar on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST.

For further details on how to access this webinar, please see page (ii) in the Notice of Funding Opportunity on

Applications are due on January 15, 2019, with a program start date of June 1, 2019. Please contact with additional questions. 


RWJF: Health and Climate Solutions
February 8
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is seeking proposals from public and non-profit entities for projects that improve community health while also addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation.  Communities vulnerable to effects of climate change can propose projects that focus on one or more of a range of factors that affect health—including, but not limited to: air quality, energy sources, transportation or mobility design, food and water systems, housing, and health systems.  Because rural economies depend on outdoor industries such as agriculture, timber, recreation, and sport, the 2018 National Climate Assessment predicts a decline in productivity and revenue for rural areas due to effects of severe climate change.

Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking Program
February 14
The Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice will make 50 awards for a total investment of $35 million to enhance the safety of rural victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and to support projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
February 15
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will make 50 awards of up to $30,000 each to help underserved communities address local environmental and public health issues.  The grants support projects that engage, educate, and empower local residents – particularly in minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations – in understanding environmental issues, building consensus, and developing strategies to address them. 

Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency Program
March 4.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will make 20 awards for total funding of $20 million to eligible schools of nursing, nurse managed health clinics, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other private or public non-profit entities.  The purpose of the program is to prepare nurse practitioners for primary care practice, with a preference for Nurse Practitioner Residency programs that benefit rural or underserved populations. 

Rural Residency Planning and Development Program  
March 4
A collaboration between HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, this program will help expand the health workforce in rural areas by developing new physician residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry.  An estimated 28 awards will be made for residency programs at hospitals, medical schools and community-based-ambulatory settings in rural areas.  Consortia of urban and rural partnerships also may be eligible.  Awardees will receive technical assistance from the Rural Residency Planning and Development – Technical Assistance Center, which was awarded via cooperative agreement in September 2018. 

Increasing Access to HIV Primary Health Care Services
March 22
Rural communities may request funding preference for this $4 million investment through HRSA’s Ryan White/HIV AIDS Program.  Twenty-six awards will go to public and non-profit private entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations.  Tribes and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply.  Funding is intended to support one short-term activity that can be completed within the one-year period of performance.  Supported activities include care efforts such as HIV case finding and treatment adherence, and infrastructure development such as for electronic health records and management information systems.
The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the opportunity to apply for funding under the Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS 2019 Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreement Program. The purpose of this program is to increase the participation of eligible, uninsured children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Grants awarded under the cooperative agreement will fund outreach and enrollment strategies aimed at educating families about the availability of Medicaid and CHIP and directly assisting families with the application and renewal process.  For more information and to apply for funding, please visit 

SBIRT Program for Women of Reproductive Age Misusing Opioids in Rural Primary Care Settings
Opioid misuse by women during their reproductive years presents a unique opportunity for public health programs to intervene and not only reduce harms to young women, but also to unborn and newborn babies. There is a particular need for this focus in rural areas and to use approaches that meet the unique needs of women. The screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment services (SBIRT) is an evidence-based approach that is widely used in substance abuse care settings. However, it is not widely applied in women’s health primary care settings. This initiative calls for the development of an innovative gender-informed opioids programs in primary care settings for women who misuse opioids living in rural areas using the SBIRT approach and evaluate its outcomes.

Grantees will modify, implement and evaluate the SBIRT approach to take a rural-sensitive and approach that meet the unique needs of women. Adaptation of SBIRT may include rural specific access issues and identification of other critical linkages to services from multiple sectors including but not limited to legal assistance; law enforcement; mental health services; substance abuse treatments; and housing.

Entities should demonstrate an impactful relationship with rural communities serving women of childbearing age. Community Health Centers are encouraged to apply.

Summer Food Service Program

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans – Ongoing. The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) at the USDA provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas. Eligibility includes rurally-located non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, state and local governments, and Federally Recognized Tribes.

Guaranteed Loans for Rural Rental Housing – Ongoing through 2021

Community Facilities Program – Ongoing

Summer Food Service Program – Ongoing


 Applications accepted on an ongoing basis:


 Bureau of Primary Health Care Loan Guarantee Program
Due: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Award ceiling: N/A
The Bureau of Primary Health Care provides a loan guarantee develop a network or plan, or operate a network or plan already in place in order to support health centers to aggressively move to form managed care networks and plans or practice management networks.

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
Award: ~$2.2 million annually; 5-12 grants
The program aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health encompassed in the Culture of Health Action Framework. In addition, Evidence for Action will also support efforts to assess outcomes and set priorities for action.  It will do this by encouraging and supporting creative, rigorous research on the impact of innovative programs, policies and partnerships on health and well-being, and on novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes.

Healthcare Connect Fund
The Universal Service Administrative Company provides funding to healthcare providers for telecommunications and Internet access services, as well as network equipment, at a flat discounted rate of 65 percent. Participants can apply as a member of the consortium or a stand-alone entity.

Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods Initiative Grant
Due: Rolling deadline
The Kresge Foundation has an open grant opportunity for organizations working to connect health and housing; promote healthy housing and mitigate the impacts of substandard housing; and invest in a connection between community development, health and housing.

Hearst Foundation Grants
The Hearst Foundations provides funding to support large-scale health initiatives.

Innovative Population Health Programs and Policies Grant
Due: Rolling deadline
The Kresge Foundation is funding innovative population health programs and policies, in order to spread successful program models and policies that link clinics and communities with the goal of improving the health of vulnerable populations.

Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation Grants
Among other things, provides grants to programs that support health professions education for the care of underserved populations.

Kroger Company Foundation
Due: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Award ceiling: Not specified.
Grants are made to feed the hungry, support breast cancer initiatives, and assist local grassroots organizations in areas of company operations. 

Oral Health 2020 Initiative 
The DentaQuest Foundation awards funding to organizations to create networks, establish partnerships, and analyze policy with the goal of eliminating oral disease in children and increasing oral health across the lifespan.

Pfizer, Inc.: Special Events Grants
Grants to support special events held by nonprofit organizations. Special events may include fundraising dinners, walks, biking and golf events, galas, award ceremonies, and similar events that do not provide Pfizer with a tangible benefit.

Roadmaps to Health Coaching
Due: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Award ceiling: N/A
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps offers guidance and support from a community coach for communities who want to improve the health of their populations and work toward building a culture of health.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneer Portfolio Unsolicited Proposals
Due: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Award ceiling: Varies. Most grants are in the $100,000 to $300,000 range, and run from one to three years.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards grants to address healthcare workforce, innovative healthcare solutions, and healthcare to vulnerable populations.

Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG)
The USDA Rural Development offers loans and grants to assist in the economic development of rural areas, including funds for healthcare facilities and equipment, telecommunications networks, and job creation projects. 

Sidney Stern Memorial Trust
Funding to provide support for nonprofit organizations, including for medical purposes.

USDA Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program
Funding to construct, enlarge, or improve essential community facilities for healthcare, public safety, education, and public services in rural areas. 

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grants
Supports programs that work in the areas of childhood education, healthy children, secure families, racial equity, and civic engagement, including quality healthcare access. While NC is not one of their priority areas, applicants nationwide are eligible to apply.


NCCHCA Health Center Development Resources
Needs assessment and other resources

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