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 | dobert@ohsu.edu  | 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 | oregonnaemsp@gmail.com.

Current ORH Grant Opportunities

Request for Grant Proposals: CAH and EMS Partnered Innovation Project

Grant Awarded

The Office of Rural Health is pleased to announce that the Partnered CAH-EMS project mini-grant has been awarded in full to Saint Alphonsus Baker City Hospital.

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is pleased to offer a grant opportunity for one Oregon CAH and a partner EMS agency, with funding up to $4,000.

Interested CAH-EMS partners should propose work that seeks to improve targeted outcomes by strengthening the coordination between pre-hospital and hospital providers, policies and/or programs. Applicants may propose to expand existing programming or implement new projects. Proposals may target outcomes for care that is transferred from pre-hospital EMS to hospital providers, or from hospital providers to an EMS-based program, such as a Community Paramedic. Submitted project budgets should not exceed $4,000.

Grantee Requirements

  • Complete progress report telephone calls and/or on-site meetings with ORH staff.
  • Identify a minimum of two target improvement measures and baseline benchmarking.
  • Create a brief final evaluation report.
  • Provide final budget and spending at the conclusion of the project period.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Deadline:  5 pm PST January 17, 2020
  • Awardee Announcement: January 24, 2020
  • Project Timeline: January 24, 2020 through August 21, 2020.
  • Mid-Cycle Status Report Due: April 15, 2020
  • Final Report Due: August 21, 2020

For more information, please contact Rebecca Dobert | dobert@ohsu.edu | 503-494-6627.

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 | locklear@ohsu.edu | 503.577.3849

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.

Contact: Stacie Rothwell | rothwels@ohsu.edu | 971-235-3978.

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 | dobert@ohsu.edu | 503-494-4450.

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.

Contact: Rebecca Dobert | dobert@ohsu.edu | 503-494-6627

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 | locklear@ohsu.edu | 503-494-4450.


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