Oregon Office of Rural Health

Health Equity Grant Applications Open to Support Communities Hardest Hit by COVID-19

OHA has opened grant applications to not-for-profit organizations statewide and Oregon’s nine federally recognized Tribes and the Urban Indian Health Program for grants flowing from legislatively-directed $45 million in federal CARES Act coronavirus relief funds.


The grants are intended to address the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Oregon’s tribal communities and communities of color. This innovative program leverages federal funds to address social determinants of health and the systemic racism and other health and economic inequities tribal communities and communities of color experience, which have been compounded by COVID-19.

The program will provide grants to not for-profit-organizations and tribal communities. These grants can be used to help people address:

  • Health and economic disruptions. Examples of this could include: Providing thermometers, personal protective items, wage relief, childcare support, business consulting, and technology needs, to improve access to telehealth and distance learning.
  • Food insecurity and housing. Examples of this could include: Providing food, shelter, transportation, home heating and cooling costs, and outdoor gear for situations of homelessness.
  • Safety and violence prevention Examples could include: Providing emergency motel vouchers for people experiencing child abuse or domestic violence, culturally and linguistically appropriate services that address domestic violence, and social life skills programs for parents to address stress, depression and the need to take care of their own well-being.

These health equity grants stem from priorities community partners identified in discussions with teams from the Office of Equity and Inclusion Division (OEI), Community Partner Outreach Program (CPOP) and OHA’s Tribal Affairs.

To learn more or apply

Interested Tribes and organizations are invited to learn more about the grant program via two information sessions, details of which are below. More information and an application are available here: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/covid19/Pages/equity-grants-covid-19.aspx.

Information Session #1 – Friday Aug. 21, -  11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Information Session #2 – Monday Aug. 24 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Perry DeJoode at 503-871-5922, 711 TTY or PERRY.B.DEJOODE@dhsoha.state.or.us