Funding Available to Businesses / For-profits

Funding Available to Businesses / For-profits

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program

Provides funding to implement community-based outreach programs to enhance the delivery of healthcare to underserved rural populations. Promotes community engagement and collaboration between local healthcare and social service providers to expand services using innovative, evidence-based models, with the goal of improving health outcomes and population health for rural areas at the local or regional level. Offers two funding tracks, including the Healthy Rural Hometown Initiative (HRHI), which is designed to reduce rural health disparities related to the five leading causes of avoidable death by addressing the underlying factors and social determinants of health that can impact health and wellness.

Application Deadline: Dec 8, 2020
Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
USDA Community Connect Grant Program

Awards grants for the deployment of broadband in rural communities where private sector internet service providers are unable to develop the infrastructure to provide broadband service due to economic and cost challenges. Supports efforts to achieve e-connectivity to foster economic development and employment, and improve educational and healthcare opportunities in eligible areas.

Application Deadline: Dec 23, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG)

Offers grants and zero-interest loans to local utility organizations who provide funding options for local businesses. Supports economic development in rural areas by funding projects designed to create or preserve job opportunities.

Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)

Grants funds to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Implements research, education, and extension initiatives that prepare K-14 students, which includes students in two-year post-secondary programs, to enter STEM fields in higher education institutions. Aims to develop a qualified workforce in the areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences and improve economic opportunity in rural communities.

Application Deadline: Jan 21, 2021
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
State Justice Institute (SJI) Quarterly Grant Program

Enhances the functioning of the U.S. judicial system by improving the quality of justice in state courts. Provides funding to state courts, national organizations, and other eligible organizations to address common issues and challenges faced by state courts, with a focus on SJI priority investment areas, including court responses to opioids, other dangerous drugs, and behavioral health issues. Offers the following 4 types of grant opportunities to eligible applicants on a quarterly basis: project grants, technical assistance grants, curriculum adaptation and training grants, and strategic initiative grants.

Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2021
Sponsor: State Justice Institute (SJI)
Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model: Community Transformation Track

Provides funding to transform healthcare delivery systems in rural communities using the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model. Supports the implementation of a community-developed healthcare system redesign strategy that utilizes innovative payment and service delivery models to improve healthcare access, quality, and outcomes for rural residents. The model offers providers increased operational and regulatory flexibility and capitated reimbursement to help reduce costs and ensure a more stable, sustainable, and better performing system of rural healthcare.

Letter of Intent (Optional): Jan 18, 2021
Application Deadline: Feb 16, 2021
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Business and Industry Loan Guarantees

Offers programs to guarantee loans to rural businesses to increase access to business capital and improve rural economies. Allows commercial lenders to offer affordable financing to rural businesses to support business operations and create or preserve employment opportunities.

Application Deadline: Sep 15, 2021
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Multi-Family Housing Loan Guarantees

Seeks to increase the amount of affordable rental housing available in rural areas to individuals and families with low and moderate income. Offers loan guarantees to qualified private-sector lenders who provide financing to borrowers for the construction, acquisition, and improvement of multi-family rental housing units. Funds may also be used to purchase or improve land and to provide necessary infrastructure.

Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2021
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Court Pandemic Response and Recovery Grant Program

Supports projects that strengthen the operations of state courts as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the justice system. Focuses on projects that address system change and the future of court operations by institutionalizing and replicating practices that have been implemented during the pandemic. Seeks to enhance access and fairness for courts and court users by promoting practices such as case triage and the use of technology for online dispute resolution (ODR), portal development, virtual hearings, and other innovations to conduct court business remotely.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: State Justice Institute (SJI)
COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Provides low-interest loans and loan advances to assist small businesses, agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations facing economic impacts and a temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis. Loans may be used for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid due to the ongoing pandemic.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Small Business Administration (SBA)
High Cost Program - Connect America Fund

Offers financial support to telecommunication service providers who provide rural communities with access to high-speed broadband access, specifically in markets that do not support the infrastructure and network costs of telecommunications carriers' providing the service.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
Multi-Family Housing Direct Loans

Provides direct, competitive loans to support the construction, improvement, and purchase of multi-family rental housing in rural areas for families with low income, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Helps applicants gain access to financing on terms that will allow them to set rents at an affordable rate for tenants with low income. Funds may also be used to purchase or improve land and to provide necessary infrastructure for multi-family housing.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Farm Bill Broadband Program)

Provides loans and loan guarantees to build, improve, or acquire the facilities and equipment necessary to deliver services at the broadband lending speed to eligible rural areas. Supports projects that improve rural economies and the quality of life in rural communities. Seeks to fund projects related to technological innovation, e-connectivity, and the rural workforce.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Rural Business Investment Program

Provides licenses to newly formed, for-profit entities to operate as a Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC). RBICs make equity capital investments in small, rural enterprises that may otherwise have difficulty accessing venture capital. Seeks to develop economies, create wealth, and increase job opportunities for people living in rural communities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Small Business Administration (SBA) Guaranteed Loans

Assists small businesses in securing loans to support their business operations. Provides financial guarantees and sets guidelines for lenders in order to make loans easier to access for eligible businesses. Loans can be used to pay for long-term fixed assets, such as real estate, equipment, machinery, construction, and remodeling, or as working capital for seasonal financing, revolving credit, export loans, and refinancing debt.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Small Business Administration (SBA)
Strategic Economic and Community Development

Supports regional economic development plans for rural areas by providing additional financial assistance to multi-jurisdictional projects implemented through USDA Rural Development programs. Funding is intended to help projects overcome multi-jurisdictional challenges and leverage federal, state, local, and private resources in order to have a greater, regional impact on the economic conditions and quality of life in rural communities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees

Aims to improve rural communications and economic development by providing loans and technical assistance to build, improve, and further develop telecommunication services in rural communities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Inactive

Supports planning activities to assist rural communities in developing integrated healthcare provider networks. Promotes the strengthening of rural healthcare systems by achieving efficiencies, expanding access to care, increasing care coordination, and improving basic healthcare services. Encourages rural networks to target several clinical priority areas, including the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUDs).

Application Deadline: Nov 16, 2020
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems Initiative (INSPIRE) Inactive

Supports projects to address the crisis of substance and opioid use in Appalachian counties through programs that help people in recovery obtain and maintain employment. Promotes the development of recovery ecosystems that support individuals as they transition from substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs into recovery and seek to enter or re-enter the workforce. Brings together multiple sectors, including recovery communities, peer support, healthcare, human services, law enforcement, and others, to deliver job training, skill development, and comprehensive support services that enable individuals to find stable employment and sustain their recovery from SUD.

Letter of Intent (Required): Oct 16, 2020
Application Deadline: Nov 13, 2020
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
AmeriCorps VISTA for Project Sponsors Inactive

Offers organizations the opportunity to engage and sponsor AmeriCorps VISTA service members to help develop or expand community anti-poverty projects. AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to one year of full-time, volunteer service, helping to build capacity and sustainability in programs to address poverty and other issues identified by the community. Requires sponsors to operate and direct the project, recruit and supervise AmeriCorps VISTA members, and complete the necessary administrative support activities to meet the project goals. VISTA's fiscal year (FY) 2021 Healthy Futures focus area gives priority to projects that address substance use in low-income communities impacted by the opioid crisis through opioid prevention and recovery programs. VISTA FY 2021 priority populations and regions includes a focus on rural communities and Indian country.

Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2020
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants (Traditional DLT) Inactive

Funds telecommunication projects that support distance learning and telemedicine services to increase access to education, training, and healthcare resources for students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. Emphasizes telecommunication projects that help rural communities foster economic and community development. Works to reduce substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid misuse, in high-risk rural communities through education, treatment, and counseling programs and services.

Application Deadline: Jul 13, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning (RCORP – Planning) Inactive

Strengthens rural communities' ability to conduct planning to engage high risk populations and expand capacity for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery responses to substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural counties.

Application Deadline: Jul 13, 2020
Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
Build to Scale Program (B2S) Inactive

Funds technology-based economic initiatives that promote job growth, innovation, economic opportunity, global competitiveness, and the development of future industry-leading companies in regions across the U.S. Aims to help startups and companies access investment capital, grow their companies, empower entrepreneurs, and commercialize new technology.

Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2020
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program Inactive

Enhances the work of medical examiners and coroners in the U.S. by providing funds to agencies accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduated Medical Education (ACGME) to recruit qualified applicants for fellowship programs. Improves medical and legal death investigation services by assisting medical examiner and coroner agencies actively seeking accreditation through an independent accrediting organization.

Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP) Inactive

Provides funding to enhance or expand existing farm to school initiatives and other food and agriculture experiential learning initiatives, especially in underserved areas. Seeks to improve food quality and children's nutrition and promote knowledge of agriculture by engaging schools directly with local and regional agricultural producers and other parts of the food system.

Application Deadline: Jun 4, 2020
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Implementation (RCORP – Implementation) Inactive

Provides funds to implement evidence-based or promising prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in rural communities. Expands access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services for rural residents diagnosed with or at risk of OUD/SUD, their families, and others in the community.

Application Deadline: May 29, 2020
Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
Farmers Market Promotion Program Inactive

Increases communities' access to locally and regionally produced food and agricultural products by developing, coordinating, and expanding direct producer-to-consumer operations and activities, such as domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, agritourism activities, online sales, or other market opportunities. Builds organizational capacity and provides outreach, training, and technical assistance in order to help producers achieve a greater impact on local and regional food systems.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) Inactive

Develops, coordinates, and expands local and regional food business enterprises that function as intermediaries for indirect producer-to-consumer marketing with the goal of making local and regional agricultural products more available and accessible to communities. Supports both planning and implementation activities to establish, improve, or expand local or regional food businesses. Assists businesses through feasibility studies, market research, training, and technical assistance to strengthen food system infrastructure and increase sales of locally and regionally produced agricultural products.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) Inactive

Promotes partnerships able to connect and utilize public and private resources to strengthen regional food systems. Supports planning and implementation efforts to address unnecessary administrative and technical barriers for producers, food businesses, and other stakeholders in the food system with the goal of creating local and regional food economies that are more viable and resilient.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program Inactive

Expands and enhances training programs for paraprofessionals in behavioral health fields in order to improve services for children whose parents are impacted by opioid use disorder (OUD) or substance use disorder (SUD). Increases the number of paraprofessionals and peer support specialists working as members of integrated, interprofessional teams in high-demand areas to reduce the risk of mental health disorders and SUD among children, adolescents, transitional aged youth and their families.

Application Deadline: Apr 27, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Opioid Affected Youth Initiative Inactive

Provides funding to support prevention, intervention, and treatment programs and services to benefit youth and families impacted by opioids. Seeks to meet the needs of pregnant and postpartum women, parents, and youth by reducing foster system involvement and providing integrated treatment and recovery services for parents and children. Supports the juvenile and criminal justice systems working to meet the needs of children and youth impacted by opioid addiction.

Application Deadline: Apr 20, 2020
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative Inactive

Funds economic revitalization projects in the Appalachian region focused on economic opportunities, workforce preparation, critical infrastructure development, natural and cultural assets, and building leadership and community capacity to meet Appalachian Regional Commission's strategic investment goals. Gives priority to investments for building a competitive workforce, fostering entrepreneurial activities, developing industry clusters, strengthening substance abuse response, and broadband initiatives.

Letter of Intent (Required): Apr 15, 2020
Application Deadline: Apr 24, 2020
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative Inactive

Expands existing mentoring services and activities for youth ages 17 or younger at risk for juvenile delinquency, victimization, and justice system involvement. Supports various mentoring approaches, such as one-on-one, group, or peer mentoring, provided in informal, school, or program-based settings, giving special priority to services for youth impacted by opioids. Utilizes mentoring to reduce risk factors and problem behaviors, such as poor school attendance and performance or alcohol and drug use, and works to provide young people opportunities for personal growth and development.

Application Deadline: Apr 13, 2020
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Rural Response to the Opioid Epidemic Inactive

Funds for rural communities to prevent and reduce opioid overdose deaths among individuals who come into contact with law enforcement or are involved with the criminal justice system in high-risk rural communities and regions. Strengthens activities related to strategic planning, cross-sector collaboration, data collection, opioid prescribing, overdose prevention, linkage to opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, and peer recovery support services.

Application Deadline: Jul 26, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Youth Gang Suppression Implementation Grants Program Inactive

Supports communities and law enforcement in developing and implementing evidence-based suppression strategies outlined in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model that target youth who are currently at risk of being involved with gangs. Works to promote public safety by reducing gang violence and victimization experienced by youth and decreasing risk factors associated with juvenile delinquency, such as substance abuse.

Application Deadline: Jun 24, 2019
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Medication-Assisted Treatment (RCORP-MAT Expansion) Inactive

Provides funds to increase the number of hospitals, health clinics, or tribal organizations providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in high-risk rural communities. Seeks to provide individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural communities more access points to receive evidence-based MAT and related healthcare and services to support treatment, such as transportation assistance or referrals for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, and mental health services.

Application Deadline: Jun 10, 2019
Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
Opioid Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants (Opioid DLT) Inactive

Funds telecommunication projects that support distance learning and telemedicine services to increase access to education, training, and healthcare resources for students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. Emphasizes telecommunication projects that address the opioid crisis to increase local capacity in opioid use prevention, treatment, and recovery by funding activities such as harm reduction strategies, overdose prevention, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and peer recovery services.

Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2019
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health Inactive

Funds programs to reduce health disparities and decrease the rates of infant mortality and adverse perinatal outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy among racial/ethnic minority populations. Serves women, infants, and families for the first 18 months after birth in high-risk communities. Provides services to increase access to quality healthcare and social services for women and infants. Promotes family health and wellness, health education, and prevention activities to support safe and healthy pregnancies, births, and early childhood development.

Application Deadline: Nov 27, 2018
Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Rural Health Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (IMPACT) Inactive

Funds to establish three demonstration projects to implement evidence-based two-generational strategies addressing issues facing rural at-risk children, prenatal to age 3, and their parents, such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), maternal depression, mental health disorders, substance use disorder (SUD), opioid use, and related neonatal abstinence syndrome. Offers technical assistance, training, and support to demonstration sites to coordinate programs and services that support healthy childhood development and increase family economic opportunity.

Application Deadline: Jul 2, 2018
Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Preventing Alcohol-Related Deaths Through Social Detoxification (PARD) Inactive

Expands access to social detoxification services for American Indian individuals impacted by alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD) in the Navajo and Great Plains Areas. Supports programs that include three critical components of community-based social detoxification: evaluation, stabilization, and fostering readiness for treatment entry. PARD assists patients with daily living activities, coordinates with cultural services and traditional healing practices, and offers transportation for medical appointments with the goal of reducing the risk of physical harm and death during the detoxification process. PARD is an initiative of the IHS Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP).

Application Deadline: Sep 18, 2017
Sponsor: Indian Health Service (IHS)