$500M in rural health care funds announced

Posted 8/16/21

Funds for expanded access to COVID-19 health care services and food assistance in rural areas are now available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, following passage of the American Rescue Plan. The funding aims to close gaps in the intergenerational inequities that have widened during the pandemic.

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$500M in rural health care funds announced

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Funds for expanded access to COVID-19 health care services and food assistance in rural areas are now available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, following passage of the American Rescue Plan. The funding aims to close gaps in the intergenerational inequities that have widened during the pandemic.

Starting Tuesday, individuals can apply for grants to help public bodies, nonprofit organizations and tribes provide immediate COVID-19 relief to support rural hospitals, health care clinics and local communities. This relief can be used for increased COVID-19 vaccine distribution, telehealth capabilities, staffing support, food distribution and more.

Impact grants are also available to help partnerships, public bodies, nonprofits and tribes solve regional rural health care problems and build a stronger rural medical system in response to the pandemic.

Recovery grant applications will be accepted until funds are expended.

Impact grant applications must be submitted to a local USDA Rural Development State Office by 4 p.m. Oct. 12.

For additional information, see here.