Grants and Loans



Grants and Loans available from the Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
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View the Minnesota Department of Health's (MDH) overall Grant and Loan Information webpage for information about other grants and loans available throughout MDH.



Community Clinic Grant Program

The Community Clinic Grant Program provides funding to plan, establish or operate services to improve the ongoing viability of Minnesota’s clinic-based safety net providers. Grants support clinical capacity to serve people with low incomes, reduce current or future uncompensated care burdens, or improve care delivery infrastructure.

Final applications were due 11:59 p.m. January 20, 2016.

The level of funding for the community clinic grant program will be approximately $561,000 for fiscal year 2016. An eligible community clinic means a nonprofit clinic, government entity, Indian tribal government or Indian health service unit; or a consortium of these entities. Applicants must provide or plan to provide clinical services and use a sliding fee scale or other procedure to determine eligibility for charity care or to ensure that no person will be denied services because of inability to pay. This funding is for one year: April 1, 2016–March 31, 2017.

Because of limited funding, applicants are required to submit pre-applications and only the strongest of these will be invited to submit a final application.

Contact for more information

Deb Jahnke
651-201-3845

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Dental Safety Net Grant Program

The Dental Safety Net Grant program assists dental providers who treat the uninsured. Eligible providers must be nonprofit Critical Access Dental providers who offer free or reduced cost oral health care to low-income patients under the age of 21, and must also demonstrate that at least 80 percent of patient encounters are with uninsured patients or patients covered by Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare.

Funds will be distributed based on the number of individual uninsured patients under the age of 21 served by the applicant.

Approximately $100,000 is available in Fiscal Year 2016.

List of Dental Safety Net Grantees

For more information please contact:
Lina Jau
651-201-3809

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Home and Community–Based Services (HCBS) Scholarship Grant Program

The HCBS Scholarship grant provides funding to HCBS providers to support in-house scholarship programs for their employees.  The goal of the grant is to bolster and improve the education of the HCBS workforce by enhancing or creating incentives for employees to obtain degrees and training that will improve patient and client care.

Eligible applicants are licensed home care providers and adult day facilities, and registered housing with services establishments.  Approximately $950,000 is available, and the maximum award per grant is $50,000. 

List of 2016 HCBS Scholarship Grantees

For more information please contact:
Lina Jau
651-201-3809

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Hospital Safety Net Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, is soliciting grant proposals from hospitals that serve Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) enrollees.  Up to $1,340,000 may be available for the period of June 1, 2016—May 31, 2017. Eligible applicants are licensed hospitals that provided care to EMA enrollees resulting in individual claims in excess of $50,000, between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016.  Funding will be distributed based on the dollar amount of EMA claims in excess of $50,000 in relation to the total dollar amount of all applicant claims in excess of $50,000. 

List of Hospital Safety Net Grantees

For more information please contact:
Lina Jau
651-201-3809

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Immigrant International Medical Graduates (IIMG) Career Guidance and Support Grant Program

The International Medical Graduate (IMG) Career Guidance and Support Grant Program is one aspect of a comprehensive program authorized by Minnesota Legislature to address barriers to practice and facilitate pathways to assist immigrant international medical graduates (IIMGs) and other foreign trained health care professionals integrate into the Minnesota health care delivery system, with the goal of increasing access to primary care in rural and underserved areas of the state. $220,000 is available to fund initiatives to assist IIMGs with career guidance and support for 12 months. Programs may apply for less than $220,000.

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations located in Minnesota with experience:

  • Working with immigrants/refugees in Minnesota;
  • Providing career guidance and support, preferably in health occupations;
  • Partnering with educational and support service agencies to maximize resources; and
  • Collaborating with Minnesota health professionals licensing board.

Applications were due February 12, 2016.

You may read or download the IMG Career Guidance and Support Grant Guidance document (PDF, 13 pages).

Contact for more information
Yende Anderson
651-201-5988

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Immigrant International Medical Graduates (IIMG) Clinical Preparation Grant Program

Minnesota Statutes Section 144.1911 authorizes the Commissioner of Health to award grants to support clinical preparation for Minnesota immigrant international medical graduates (IIMGs). A Minnesota IIMG is defined as an international medical graduate who:

  • was born outside the United States,
  • now resides permanently in the United States as a citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident,
  • has resided in Minnesota for at least 2 years, and
  • did not enter the United States on a J1 or similar nonimmigrant visa following acceptance into a United States medical residency or fellowship program.
The grant program supports clinical preparation for Minnesota IIMGs who are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and who agree to practice post residency in rural or underserved areas of the state. Funds will be awarded after a competitive review process.

Eligible applicants are programs and sponsors of clinical medical education or healthcare providers that fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Are located in Minnesota,
  • Have a history of providing clinical medical education or clinical preparation, and
  • Are willing to provide clinical preparation in primary care, including exposure to ambulatory and inpatient medicine in one or more of the following specialties: family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry and rural medicine.

Download grant application guidelines:

Applications were due 4:30 p.m., June 24, 2016.

Contact for more information
Yende Anderson
651-201-5988

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Immigrant International Medical Graduates (IIMG) Primary Care Residency Grant Program

The Immigrant International Medical Graduates (IIMG) Primary Care Residency Grant Program provides grant funding to support residency training for immigrant international medical graduates. This program is one aspect of a comprehensive program authorized by Minnesota State Statute 144.1911 to address barriers to practice and facilitate pathways to assist IIMGs integrate into the Minnesota health care delivery system, with the goal of increasing access to primary care in rural and underserved areas of the state.

Eligible applicants are programs, sponsors and potential sponsors of primary care residency positions located in Minnesota that propose to train IIMG medical residents in the primary care specialties of Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Funds are available for up to $150,000 per year, per IIMG residency slot for up to four years.

Application Process

Applications were due in WebGrants November 2, 2015.


Contact for more information
Yende Anderson
651-201-5988

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Indian Health Grant

The Indian Health Grant Program helps eligible applicants establish, operate or subsidize clinic facilities and services to offer health services to American Indians who live off reservations. Nonprofit organizations, governmental and tribal entities are eligible to apply.

The amount of funding for the program is $174,000 per year. Grants will be awarded for a two-year project period: January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.

Applications were due October 19, 2015.


Contact for more information

Deb Jahnke
651-201-3845

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Mental Health Safety Net Grant Program

The Mental Health Safety Net Grant program assists mental health centers and clinics that treat the uninsured. Eligible providers must be Community Mental Health Centers or Clinics designated under Minnesota Statute 245.62, or nonprofit Mental Health Clinics designated as Essential Community Providers under Minnesota Statute 62Q.19. Eligible providers must also offer free or reduced-cost mental health care to low-income patients under the age of 21.

Funds will be distributed based on the number of individual uninsured patients under the age of 21 served by the applicant.

Approximately $350,000 is available in Fiscal Year 2016.

List of Mental Health Safety Net Grantees


For more information please contact:
Lina Jau
651-201-3809

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Primary Care Residency Expansion Grant Program

The Primary Care Residency Expansion Grant program provides funding to expand the training of primary care physicians. Primary care residency programs may apply for funding to create and maintain additional residency positions for up to three years.

Eligible residency programs train medical residents in the following specialties: family medicine; general internal medicine; general pediatrics; psychiatry; geriatrics; and general surgery. Approximately $1,500,000 is available. Grants may be awarded for up to three years and the maximum award is $300,000 – up to $150,000 in year 1, up to $100,000 in year 2, and up to $50,000 in year 3. Eligible residency programs not seeking expansion funds may apply for up to $75,000 for one year to plan program expansion.

Application Process

Applications were due October 16, 2015.

Contact for more information

Darwin Flores Trujillo
651-201-3850

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Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Grant Program

This grant program helps small rural hospitals make needed facility and equipment improvements.

2016 Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Grant Program Guidance (PDF)


  • Final applications were due February 5, 2016.

For more information please contact:
Lina Jau
651-201-3809

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Rural Hospital Flexibility Program

Minnesota Rural Flex Grant Program
This grant program, a component of Minnesota Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, is intended to preserve access to needed health services and encourage collaboration and integration of rural community health systems. Grants may be used to develop community, network or strategic plans for preserving or enhancing access to health services. Grants may also be used for implementation activities in the following categories by applicants with completed plans or needs assessments: network development, health system improvements (diversification, new services, workforce development efforts, etc.), strengthening and integrating the EMS system; and quality improvement. Eligible applicants are rural hospitals with 50 or fewer beds, rural hospitals eligible to convert to Critical Access Hospital licensure, Critical Access Hospitals, rural health networks and rural EMS organizations.

Flex funds are not available this year.

Contact for more information
Judy Bergh
651-201-3843

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Rural Hospital Planning and Transition Grant

The Office of Rural Health & Primary Care administers grants to help small rural hospitals preserve access or respond to changing conditions. Hospitals have used transition grants to prepare strategic plans, implement new uses for hospital space and develop community services. Approximately $300,000 is available each year and the maximum grant amount is $50,000.

Application Guidance (PDF)

Applications were due October 16, 2015.

Awards:
2014 grantees (PDF)
2013 grantees (PDF)
2012 grantees (PDF)
2011 grantees (PDF)

Contact for more information
Will Wilson
651-201-3842

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Rural Pharmacy Planning and Transition Grant Program

Applications are not being accepted for this program, which was intended to preserve access to prescription medication and the skills of a pharmacist in rural areas.

Awardees 2006-2009 (PDF)

Contact for more information
Will Wilson
651-201-3842


Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)

The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care coordinates a state application to the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Rural Health Policy on behalf of Minnesota’s small rural hospitals (49 or fewer beds). SHIP grant funds may be used to purchase items from the SHIP Purchasing Menu in one of the following funding categories - value based purchasing, accountable care organization, payment bundling or care transitions - and according to the following priority areas:

  • Priority 1 - HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) and ICD-10
  • Priority 2 - If fully participating fully in HCAHPS and ICD-10, a different investment listed on the SHIP Purchasing Menu may be selected
  • Priority 3 - Other: Applies to those who have already completed all pre-selected investments (equipment and/or services) listed on the SHIP Purchasing Menu

2016 Program

Applications were due November 16, 2015.

Estimated grant period: July 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017.

Contact for more information

Judy Bergh
651-201-3843

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Summer Health Care Internship Program

The purpose of the Summer Health Care Internship Program is to expose interested secondary and postsecondary pupils to various careers within the health care professions. The Minnesota Department of Health selects one statewide nonprofit organization to award grants to hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities and home care providers to establish summer health care internship programs for secondary and postsecondary students. Eligible organizations must be statewide nonprofit organizations representing facilities where students will serve their internships.

The Minnesota Legislature has appropriated $294,750 for the program for Fiscal Year 2016.

Applications were due November 16, 2015.

Contact for more information

Darwin Flores Trujillo
651-201-3850

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Updated Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 10:58AM