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Health Resources and Services Administration
Rural Health

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HRSA rural health grant programs fund rural hospitals, health centers and local clinics. 

Learn More About Rural Health Grant Programs

  • Hospital State Division
    • Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) 
    • Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)
    • State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) 
  • Community Based Division
    • Black Lung/Coal Miner Clinics Program
    • Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP)
    • Rural Health Care Delta Program
    • Rural Health Care Services Outreach
    • Rural Health Information Technology Network Development
    • Rural Health Network Development
    • Rural Health Network Development Planning
    • Rural Health Workforce Development
    • Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement
  • Policy and Research
    • Frontier Extended Stay Clinic
    • Rapid Response to Requests for Data Analysis
    • Rural Health Research
    • Rural Policy Analysis
    • Rural Health Best Practices and Community Development
    • Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Program
  • Office for the Advancement of Telehealth
    • Licensure Portability
    • Telehealth Network
    • Telehealth Resource Center

Competitive Funding Cycles

The following table shows when each rural health grant program was competed over the past 3 fiscal years. An X = a competition during that year.*

FY 2011
FY 2012
FY 2013
Rural Health Network Planning
Delta States Rural Health Development  X
Small Rural Quality Program   X
Rural Health Services Outreach Program 
Rural Health Network Development
Rural Access to Emergency Devices
Public Access to Defibrillation Demonstration Projects 
Radiation Exposure Screening and Education
Black Lung Clinics Program   X
State Offices of Rural Health   X
Small Hospital Improvement Program   X
Research Center Programs 
Telehealth Network Grant Program  X
Licensure Portability Grant Program  X
* Contingent on funding.
Rural Health Open Opportunities
None at this time
Definition of Rural

See the Definition of Rural for how the Office of Rural Health Policy defines rural areas for its grant programs.

Visit the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Advisor to find out if your organization is eligible for rural health grants.

Did You Know
  • About a third of rural dwellers lose all of their teeth by age 65 for lack of dental services and fluoridation.
  • Some 2,000 rural communities have only one pharmacist, who often is the only local health care provider.
  • Rural residents experience greater rates of chronic disease than any other segment of the U.S. population.