The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)
Non-profits, tribes, and other ruralserving groups can now apply for federal Emergency Rural Health Care Funds
CENTRAL NEW YORK >> The Bidenharris Administration recently announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making up to $500 million available in grants to help rural health care facilities, tribes, and communities expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, health care services, and nutrition assistance.
The Emergency Rural Health Care program is designed to help broaden access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural health care services, and food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities.
These funds may be used to increase COVID-19 vaccine distribution and telehealth capabilities; purchase medical supplies; replace revenue lost during the pandemic; build and rehabilitate temporary or permanent structures for health care services; support staffing needs for vaccine administration and testing; and support facility and operations expenses associated with food banks and food distribution facilities.
Rural health care is challenged by immediate financial needs stemming from Covid19-related expenses. Long-term access to — and availability of — rural health care services have been further hampered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials say. In response to these challenges, this program offers two tracks of funding to eligible applicants.
Track One: Recovery Grants provide immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency
Track Two: Impact Grants advance ideas and solutions to solve regional rural health care problems to support the long-term sustainability of rural health
Eligible applicants include public bodies, community-based nonprofits, and federally recognized Tribes. Facilities and projects supported through this grant must be located in rural areas with populations of 20,000 or fewer, and must primarily serve rural areas.
Contact the NY Rural Development office located at The Galleries of Syracuse, 441 South Salina Street, Suite 357 Syracuse, NY 13202 by telephone at (315) 477-6400 to discuss and submit your application.
Applications for both tracks should be received by 4 p.m. local time on Oct. 12. USDA will continue to accept “Track One: Recovery Grant” applications on a continual basis after Oct.12 until all funds are exhausted. “Track Two: Impact” applications received after this date will not be considered.
For additional resources or questions, please visit the USDA online or email firstname.lastname@example.org