As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly unfolds, the USDA, HRSA, FCC and more have been active to keep communications services available through various waivers, extensions, and other regulatory relief. Below is a snapshot of the available grants and application deadlines:
USDA Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants: Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency, USDA is providing an additional window for those who cannot complete applications prior to the first application deadline. The DLT Program provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. Applications for the second funding window may be submitted between April 14, 2020 – July 13, 2020.
HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program: The funding opportunity is aimed towards promoting rural Tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health, and Tele-Emergency Medical Services (Tele-EMS). The application deadline for the grant has been extended and applications are now due June 15, 2020.
HRSA Rural Telementoring Training Center Program: The purpose of this program is to train academic medical centers and other centers of excellence (COEs) to create or expand technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models (such as Project ECHO, ECHO-like models, and other emerging models in the field). The RTTC will develop and share freely accessible tools and resources that are adaptable to culturally and regionally diverse populations to provide training nationwide to facilitate the dissemination of best practice specialty care to primary care providers and care teams in rural and underserved areas. Applications are due June 17, 2020.
FCC Wireline Competition Bureau COVID-19 Telehealth Program: $200 million has been appropriated by Congress as part of the CARES Act to provide immediate assistance to health care providers wanting to provide connected care services to patients in response to the pandemic. Applicants must be nonprofit and public eligible health care providers. The online application portal opened on Monday, April 13, and applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis until all of the funds have been expended.
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Implementation: RCORP is a multi-year initiative by HRSA aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high-risk rural communities. The application deadline for the grant has been extended and applications are now due May 26, 2020.
Virginia Health Care Foundation Health Safety Net Grants: Most VHCF grants work to increase access to primary care for uninsured Virginians and those who live in areas with limited access to care. VHCF grants can be used to fund innovative approaches to communities’ primary care needs or to replicate one of VHCF’s Models that Made It. Applications are due July 17, 2020.
Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Program: This NOFO will fund two Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Centers, one evaluation-focused and one evidence-focused. The application deadline for the grant has been extended and applications are now due June 1, 2020.