Grant Funding

The Oregon Office of Rural Health provides grants and grant support to rural and frontier facilities, communities and organizations.

Current ORH Grant Opportunities

HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon

Eligibility and Funding Restrictions

ORH provides funds to support rural and frontier EMS staff training opportunities. EMS agencies must be located in a rural or frontier area, and be recognized by the Oregon Health Authority EMS & Trauma Systems Program as an organization that participates in Oregon’s 9-1-1 response system. Funding must be used within 12 months after receipt.

Funds are awarded on a quarterly basis.

Timing and Application

Applications and timing varies annually.


Rebecca Dobert | | (503)494-4450

Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP) Top Performer Award

Eligibility and Funding Restrictions

ORH recognizes top performing Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and their Quality Officers each year for consistently reporting MBQIP measures and demonstrating strong results. Top performers are named in the following categories: Emergency Department Transfer Communication; Outpatient; HCAHPS Overall Top Performer and Most Improved.

CAH recipients receive one scholarship for the Quality Officer to attend and present a poster at the Annual Rural Health Conference ($500 value) as well as a $5,000 grant to be used towards quality improvement efforts specific to MBQIP reporting.

Timing and Application

ORH reviews quality data in July and awards are announced at the end of August.


Stacie Rothwell | | (971) 235-3978

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)

Eligibility and Funding Restrictions

SHIP funds support rural and frontier hospitals with 49 beds or fewer. Funding may be used by eligible hospitals in to:

  • Purchase equipment and/or training to attain value-based purchasing;
  • Join or become an accountable care organization, or create shared savings programs; and
  • Purchase health information technology, equipment, and/or training to comply with meaningful use, ICD-10 standards, and payment bundling.

States receive a maximum award of $9,000 per hospital awardee to support these efforts, with the grant year beginning June 1 and ending May 31 annually.

Timing and Application

Applications are typically submitted in mid-January.


Rebecca Dobert | | (503) 494-6627

Additional Grant Resources

Columbia Gorge Health Council has funding opportunities.

The Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) funds projects in their region each year. offers a searchable database of federal grants.

The Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA) offers a searchable grant database, Rural Communities Programs, Rural Health Funding Opportunities, and Telehealth Programs.

The National State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) publishes a Grant Funding Factsheet.

The Oregon Broadband Advisory Council and Oregon Broadband Council Fund supports implementation of broadband for education, workforce development and telehealth.

The Rural Health Information (RHI) Hub provides a searchable grant database.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
has a searchable grant database.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
offers financial assistance and supports Oregon specific grants such as the Rural Business Development Grant in Oregon.

Grant Support

For Grant Applicants

ORH provides community-level data and review of your application to strengthen the rural or frontier context presented in your grant application.

For Grant Awardees

Information about your grant project can be shared with partners and community members on our website and through our social media.

For Grant Funders

ORH can help you publicize your grants and provide a rural and frontier perspective on your grant review process. ORH will also partner with organizations to administer grant programs.


Contact Rose Locklear | | 503-494-4450