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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.

Federal Register announcement on funds for "essential community facilities"

The Dept. of Agriculture is announcing a Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program using stimulus funding to pay for up to 75% of constructing, improving or enlarging essential community facilities in rural areas, including hospitals, clinics, education facilities, elderly care facilities and rehab centers.

Other Sources

  • RIC
    Rural Information Center, links to federal funding sources updated twice a month.
  • Rural Assistance Center
    The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) is a national resource on rural health and human services information. An information guide on grant writing is also available on their web site.
  • Meyer Memorial Trust
    Meyer Memorial Trust, Investing in people, ideas and efforts that deliver significant social benefit to Oregon and Clark County Washington.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    RJWF, dedicated to improving the health and health care of all Americans.
  • 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 snapshot@samhsa.gov.
  • Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
    Find your rural eligibility status for Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grants.
  • 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. Donations of cash, software, curriculum, and technical expertise enable individuals to learn about technology and gain the information technology skills needed for employment in the IT field or other industry sectors. UP grants are made through Microsoft's U.S. and international subsidiaries, which work closely with local organizations to identify Community-Based Technology Centers (CTCs) where IT skills training is a primary focus. Funding decisions are made in March and October of each year.
  • 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).