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 Rebecca Dobert  | 503-494-6627 to nominate an awardee for 2021.

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

Request for Grant Proposals: CAH and EMS Partnered Improvement Project

The Oregon Office of Rural Health is pleased to accept applications from Oregon CAHs to participate in real-time, simulation-based emergency response team training, conducted with the Healthcare Services Solutions (HSS)*. Two (2) training events will be awarded, with onsite and/or virtual options available as appropriate to pandemic response.

Application is open to all Oregon CAHs and their local rural/frontier first responder EMS partners. The goal of the training is to strengthen emergency response care through simulation in order to help providers identify and target needed areas of improvement. Participants also have the opportunity to complete additional “train the trainer” didactic education to initiate or strengthen their own Simulation Training Teams.

*Formerly the Idaho Simulation Network

Grantee Requirements

  • Work with HSS to plan and schedule the full-day simulation event and all didactic education components (virtually or onsite as needed).
  • Identify a minimum of two areas of targeted improvement, including baseline and outcome measures.
  • Participate in post-event debriefing and evaluation discussion.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit:

Application Cover Sheet, Summary and Application, as described in the Request for Applications.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: 5 pm PST Monday, March 15, 2021
  • Notice of Award: By 5 pm PST Friday, March 19, 2021
  • Project Timeline: March 19, 2021-August 31, 2021

Contact

Rebecca Dobert | (971) 271-0481

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U2WRH33327, Rural Hospital Flexibility Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is pleased to offer a grant opportunity to one primary care Rural Health Clinic (RHC) owned by a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) 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 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.

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 PDF 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

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: Rose Locklear | 503-577-3849

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: Rebecca Dobert | 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 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

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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

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