Emergency Rural Health Care Grants

What is the Emergency Rural Health Care Grant Program?

This program provides up to $500 million in grant funding to help broaden access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural health care services, and food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities. If you wish contact us, please email us at: communityfacilities@usda.gov

American Rescue Plan Act

The Emergency Rural Health Care program is designed to help broaden access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural health care services, and food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities.  

Rural health care is challenged by immediate financial needs stemming from COVID-19 related expenses. Long-term access to – and availability of – rural health care services have been further hampered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to these challenges, this program offers two tracks of funding to eligible applicants. 

  • Track One: Recovery Grants provide immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency
  • Track Two: Impact Grants advance ideas and solutions to solve regional rural health care problems to support the long-term sustainability of rural health

Eligible applicants include public bodies, community-based nonprofits, and federally-recognized Tribes. Facilities and projects supported through this grant must be located in rural areas with populations of 20,000 or fewer, and must primarily serve rural areas.

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Track One: Recovery Grants

Recovery funds must be used to support immediate health care needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, to help prepare for a future pandemic event, or to increase access to quality health care services and improve community health outcomes.  

Track Two: Impact Grants

Impact funds must be used 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 or maintaining sustainable economic development for small communities.