Oregon Office of Rural Health

Grant & Scholarship Funding

Columbia River

Current ORH Scholarships

ORH provides a full scholarship for a rural or frontier EMS provider to attend the National Rural EMS & Care Conference each April. Contact Sarah Andersen  | 503-494-4450 to nominate an awardee for 2022.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

The National Association of Oregon EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) Oregon Chapter awards scholarships to help cover costs of educational events that add value and growth to your current position as an Oregon-licensed rural EMS provider. The scholarship is limited to a maximum of $500 per individual. Reimbursable expenses are limited to tuition/registration, travel (i.e. fuel or airfare) and lodging. Food and entertainment are not reimbursable.

To apply for a scholarship, complete an application and submit it at least 60 days prior to the event to Oregon NAEMSP.

Current ORH Grant Opportunities

2022 Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Partner Improvement Project Grant

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is pleased to offer a grant opportunity for Oregon Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and their partner Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies targeted to improve patient outcomes by strengthening the coordination and partnerships between the EMS and CAH staff and/or departments. 

Proposals should aim to drive team-oriented care improvement; improve service integration; reduce barriers to care or capacity gaps; and/or advance the use of policy or program tools to improve outcomes for patients transferred from pre-hospital to hospital environments. Work may also target EMS-based care, such as a Community Paramedic or Mobile Integrated Health program.

All proposals should be submitted in a single PDF document via email by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 4, 2022 to Stacie Rothwell. All complete submissions will be confirmed as received.

Important Deadlines

  • Grant applications due: March 4, 2022
  • Notification of award: March 15, 2022
  • Mid-Cycle Status Report Due: May 31, 2022
  • Final Report Due: August 31, 2022

Contact

For questions or more information, please contact Stacie Rothwell

Request for Grant Proposals: Critical Access Hospital Owned Rural Health Clinic Innovation Project

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is pleased to offer annual grant opportunities to primary care Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) owned by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) of up to $8,000.

Interested RHCs propose an innovation project that seeks to improve operations, increase revenue, and/or improve workflow within their primary care practices. Applicant RHCs are encouraged, but not required, to partner with other healthcare affiliates, for example:  hospital/healthcare system; public health; and/or local behavioral health providers to implement the proposed project. Clinics may propose to expand an existing program or implement a new project. Submitted project budget should not exceed $8,000.

Grantee Requirements

  • Take part in progress report calls and/or on-site meetings with ORH staff.
  • Collect qualitative/quantitative project measurements and compile data for final evaluation report.
  • Report on agreed upon indicators.
  • Create a one page final report of project.
  • Provide budget and spending reports at the conclusion of the award project period.

THE NEXT APPLICATION CYCLE WILL OPEN IN OCTOBER 2022

Please contact Rondyann Gerst with questions.

Funding for this grant is supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program (Flex).

Contact

For more information, please contact Rondyann Gerst | 503-312-3907.

Previous projects can be found here.

Elder Service Innovation (ESI) grants allow organizations to create or enhance services for elders, to help them age in place in rural Oregon.

Contact: Stepha Dragoon | 971-263-4751

Eligibility and Funding Restrictions: ORH is offering a rare, one-time grant opportunity to support rural and frontier EMS agencies with a capital equipment purchase. 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.

Timing and Application: Applications are due by June 6, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Awards will be announced June 15, 2022. Request for Proposal

Contact: Sarah Andersen | 503-494-4450.

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.

Timing and Application: Applications and timing varies annually. Please see the HERO page for more information.

Contact: Sarah Andersen | 503-494-4450.

Request for Grant Proposals: Independent Rural Health Clinic Innovation Project

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is pleased to offer a grant opportunity to one primary care Independent Rural Health Clinic (RHC) of up to $5,000.

Interested RHCs, propose an innovation project that seeks to improve operations, increase revenue, and/or improve workflow within their primary care practices. Applicant RHCs are encouraged, but not required, to partner with other healthcare affiliates, for example:  hospital/healthcare system; public health; and/or local mental health providers to implement the proposed project. Clinics may propose to expand an existing program or implement a new project. Submitted project budget should not exceed $5,000.

Grantee Requirements

  • Take part in progress report calls and/or on-site meeting with ORH staff.
  • Collect qualitative/quantitative project measurements and compile data for final evaluation report.
  • Report on agreed upon indicators.
  • Create a one page final report of project.
  • Provide budget and spending reports at the conclusion of the award project period.

Application Instructions

Applicants must complete an application which includes: 

  • Application Cover Sheet
  • RHC Innovation Project Description Form

The proposal should be submitted in a single document via email by the deadline to Rondyann Gerst. All submissions will receive a confirmation that the proposal has been received.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Deadline:  5 pm PST, October 2, 2020
  • Awardee Announcement: October 9, 2020
  • Project Timeline: October 12, 2020-August 13, 2021
  • Mid-Cycle Report Due: March 1, 2021
  • Final Report Due: August 27, 2021

Contact

For more information, please contact Rondyann Gerst | 503-312-3907.

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.

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant for a population health initiative conducted in a rural location in Oregon. ORH is offering up to five (5) $5,000 grants this year. This initiative is open to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), CAH-owned Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), or organizations who are conducting programming in collaboration with a local CAH or CAH-owned RHC. More details are available here.

The SHIP grant is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Section 1820(g)(3) of the Social Security Act authorizes SHIP to assist eligible hospitals in meeting cost requirements established under the Medicare Program, including using funds to assist hospitals to participate in improvements to value and quality such as:

  • Value-Based Purchasing programs (VBP)
  • Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
  • Payment Bundling (PB)

Eligibility and Funding Restrictions

Eligible small rural hospitals are located in the U.S. and U.S. territories and include hospitals with 49 beds or fewer. These small rural, non-federal hospitals provide short-term, general acute care to their communities. Eligible hospitals may be for-profit, not-for-profit or tribal organizations, and include Critical Access Hospitals.

Funding may be used by eligible hospitals to purchase equipment and/or training, join or become an accountable care organization or create shared savings programs, and purchase health information technology equipment, and/or training.

States Offices of Rural Health receive a maximum of $12,000 per hospital awardee to support these efforts with an annual grant cycle of June 1 through May 31.

Timing and Application

Applications are typically submitted annually in mid-January.

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.

Questions?

Contact Sarah Andersen | 503-494-5227.

Contact

Each grant above has a point of contact listed within. For general information: Oregon Office of Rural Health | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376