Major Funding Sources

Major Funding Sources

HRSA's Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated health care network, specifically for entities that do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts. Health care networks can be an effective strategy to help smaller rural health care providers and health care service organizations align resources and strategies, achieve economies of scale and efficiency, and address challenges more effectively as a group than as single providers. The Network Planning program promotes the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to:

  1. achieve efficiencies;
  2. expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and
  3. strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

The health care system is undergoing a significant amount of change and this can be particularly challenging for small rural providers. The goals of the Network Planning program are centered around approaches that will aid providers in better serving their communities given the changes taking place in health care, as providers move from focusing on the volume of services to focusing on the value of services. This program will bring together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past under a formal relationship, to establish and improve local capacity and coordination of care. The program will support one year of planning with the primary goal of helping networks create a foundation for their infrastructure and focusing member efforts to address important regional or local community health needs.

The 2017 applications are due January 3, 2017

Health Information Technology Extension Program

This program provides grants for the establishment of Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers that will offer technical assistance, guidance and information on best practices to support and accelerate health care providers’ efforts to become meaningful users of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The consistent, nationwide adoption and use of secure EHRs will ultimately enhance the quality and value of health care. For more information please visit the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program

These grant programs will support states and/or State Designated Entities (SDEs) in establishing health information exchange (HIE) capacity among health care providers and hospitals in their jurisdiction. Such efforts at the state level will establish and implement appropriate governance, policies and network services within the broader national framework to rapidly build capacity for connectivity between and among health care providers. State programs to promote HIE will help to realize the full potential of EHRs to improve the coordination, efficiency and quality of care.

Other Sources

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Find your rural eligibility status for Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grants.

The Ford Family Foundation

The Ford Family Foundation, successful citizens and vital rural communities.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kaiser Family Foundation, an Internet resource that offers comprehensive and current health information for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

Meyer Memorial Trust

Meyer Memorial Trust, Investing in people, ideas and efforts that deliver significant social benefit to Oregon and Clark County Washington.

Northwest Health Foundation

Northwest Health Foundation seeks to advance, support, and promote health in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Microsoft Unlimited Potential Grants

Microsoft Unlimited Potential (UP) grants provide nonprofit organizations with funding to support technology training programs ranging from learning basic computer skills to using advanced business productivity applications.

Pew Charitable Trust

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.


Rural Information Center, links to federal funding sources updated twice a month.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

RJWF, dedicated to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

Rural Health Information Hub

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHI Hub) is a national resource on rural health and human services information. An information guide on grant writing is also available on their web site.

Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) Program

The RBOG program provides grant funds for strategic technical assistance, training, and planning activities that promote “best practices” in sustainable economic development for rural communities with exceptional needs (i.e., those that have experienced recent natural disaster or structural changes, or long term poverty, population decline or job deterioration).

SAMHSA Grant Programs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers free information about their grant programs, including a preliminary view of funding opportunities. These opportunities include funding for substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment and mental health services. To receive a free copy of this resource, call 301-443-4266 or send an e-mail to .