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Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE)


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Mar 14, 2024


National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)


Funds community-based outreach education and extension programs at land-grant colleges and universities that support the implementation of evidence-based, outcome-based educational approaches and programs focused on health, wellness, and safety. Supports programs that promote protective factors and reduce the impact of risk factors leading to the prevention of initiation of substance use, delayed early use, and the progression from use to problematic use or to a substance use disorder (SUD). Proposals are expected to be health education and capacity-building projects providing individuals and families living in rural areas with:

  • Information about the value of good health at any age
  • Information to increase individual or families' motivation to take more responsibility for their own health
  • Information about and access to health promotion activities
  • Link to an existing individual and community health and wellness framework or model
  • Information to support the utilization of telehealth, telemedicine, and distance learning plans for opioid and substance education and training in rural communities
  • Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners

Additional project requirements and recommendations are available in the funding announcement.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $350,000 per year
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 10-11
Estimated total program funding: $5,000,000

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by:

  • 1862 and 1890 land grant colleges and universities, including Central State University, Tuskegee University, and West Virginia State University.
  • Any of the Tribal colleges and universities designated as 1994 Land-Grant Institutions under the Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994, as amended.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar recording


For programmatic or technical questions:
Edwin Lewis

Izabella Jablonska

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

One rural organization that received funding is the Ohio State University Extension in Wooster, Ohio which will expand substance use prevention and mental health programming to a total of 13 counties mostly in the Appalachian region.

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Health and Wellness • Health Education for Community and Patients • Opioids • Parents, Families, and Children • Prevention • Substance Use Disorder • Teleservices and Technology • Youth