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  | 503-444-1570 to nominate an awardee for 2023.

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

Community Health Worker Pilot Program

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) has partnered with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to coordinate a CDC grant-funded program that will support the capacity of Oregon’s rural public health agencies and Critical Access Hospitals by growing the Community Health Worker (CHW) workforce in rural Oregon.

This is a pilot grant program to fund the training of community health workers (CHW) for employment at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and/or rural public health departments in Oregon.

To learn more, go to: Community Health Worker Pilot Program 

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

Request for Grant Proposals: CAH and EMS Partnered Improvement Project

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is pleased to offer a grant opportunity for two Oregon CAH and a partner EMS agency, with funding of $6,000.

Interested CAH-EMS partners should propose project work seeking to improve identified outcomes through strengthened coordination between pre-hospital and hospital providers, policies and/or programs. Applicants may propose to expand existing programming or implement work. 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 $6,000.

Grantee Requirements

  • Complete progress report telephone calls and/or meetings with ORH staff.
  • Identify a minimum of two target improvement measures and include baseline benchmarking in their proposal.
  • Provide one written mid-cycle status summary report.
  • Work with the ORH staff to submit a final summary and evaluation report.
  • Provide final budget and spending tracking for all funded activities.

Application Instructions

Applicants please submit:  

The proposal should be submitted in a single PDF document via email by January 6, 2023 to Sarah Andersen at ansarah@ohsu.edu. All submissions will receive a confirmation of receipt.

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Application Deadline:  5 p.m. PST January 6, 2023
  • Awardee Announcement: January 20, 2023
  • Project Timeline: January 20, 2023 through August 31, 2023
  • Mid-Cycle Status Report Due: May 15, 2023
  • Final Report Due: August 31, 2023


For more information, please contact Sarah Andersen at ansarah@ohsu.edu | 503-444-1570

This award is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $697,883 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit: https://www.hrsa.gov/grants/manage/acknowledgehrsafunding.

New in 2024!

The RHC Innovation Project Grant Program is rolling into the Rural Population Health Incubator Program. 

Details on this program will be available in 2024.


For more information, please contact Stepha Dragoon | 971-263-4751.

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

ORH was pleased to provide a rare opportunity to support EMS agencies with Capital Equipment Grants in 2022. The following agencies were awarded $20,000 each for EMS equipment needs:

  • Lake Health District EMS
  • Mist-Birkenfeld RFPD
  • Spray Volunteer Ambulance

Contact: Sarah Andersen | 503-444-1570.

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 | 503-444-1570.

New in 2024!

The RHC Innovation Project Grant Program is rolling into the Rural Population Health Incubator Program. 

Details on this program will be available in 2024.


For more information, please contact Stepha Dragoon | 971-263-4751.

If you are interested in the grant project for your clinic and would like ideas, please reach out to me and I will help you brainstorm.

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 Rural Population Health Incubator Program is designed to provide wrap around support for rural hospitals, clinics, public health departments and/or nonprofit organizations in implementing or sustaining population health and health equity programs.

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.


Contact Sarah Andersen | 503-444-1570.


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