Grants and Loans

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Funding for the Donated Dental Services Program, the Health Careers Promotion Grant and the Migrant Health Grant has been eliminated.
Grants and Loans available from the Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
Anticipated Due Date
May 2, 2014
Pre-applications due September 12, 2014.
Final applications due December 22, 2014.

September 18, 2013

December 19, 2013

September 19, 2014
Step 1 applications October 25, 2013.
Step 2 applications November 27, 2013.

See Loan Forgiveness page for details

November 15 and December 15, 2013.

Pre-applications December 13, 2013.
Final applications March 14, 2014.

September 11, 2014
October 10, 2014
February 18, 2014
November 18, 2013

 Other grants and loans available through the Minnesota Department of Health

Electronic Health Record Loan Program

The Minnesota Department of Health administers an electronic health record (EHR) loan program to help finance the implementation or support of interoperable EHR systems. Loan funds are primarily intended for EHR software, hardware, training and support expenses. Loans are six-year, no-interest with the first year’s repayment deferred.

Eligible applicants include federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), community clinics, nonprofit or local units of government hospitals, individual or small group physician practices focused on primary care, nursing facilities and local public health departments. In addition, other providers of health or health care services approved by the commissioner of health - in cases where interoperable EHR capability would improve quality of care, patient safety or community health - will be eligible.

Note: Priority will be given to critical access hospitals; FQHCs; entities that serve uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved individuals (urban or rural); individual or small group practices focused on primary care; nursing facilities and elderly waiver facilities.

Minnesota Statute Section 62J.496: Electronic Health Record System Revolving Account and Loan Program.  

Applications for the 2013 loan program were due December 19, 2013 (applications no longer being accepted).

Contact for more information

Darwin Flores Trujillo

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: 13KB/1 page)

Contact for more information
Will Wilson

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). In 2014, SHIP grant funds may be used to purchase items from the SHIP Purchasing Menu in one of four funding categories (value based purchasing, accountable care organization, payment bundling or care transitions) according to the following priority areas:

  • Priority 1 – MBQIP (Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project) requirement. 
  • Priority 2 – HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) and/or ICD-10 requirement.
  • Priority 3 – Other activity on the purchasing menu if already participating in Priorities 1 and 2 (MBQIP, ICD-10 and HCAHPS)
  • Priority 4 – Other. Applies to those who have already completed all pre-selected investments (equipment and/or services) listed on the SHIP Purchasing Menu

2014 Program

  • Applications were due February 18, 2014.
  • Estimated grant period: November 1, 2014 - October 31, 2015.
  • For application form and instructions, contact Darwin Flores Trujillo at or 651-201-3850.

Contact for more information

Darwin Flores Trujillo

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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.

The level of funding for the community clinic grant program will be approximately $561,000 for fiscal year 2015. 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, 2015-March 31, 2016.

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.

Community Clinic Grant Summary (PDF: 22KB/1 page).
Pre-applications due September 12, 2014
(PDF: 74KB/10 pages or Word: 61KB/10 pages).
Final applications due December 22, 2014
(PDF: 97KB/20 pages or Word: 127KB/20 pages).

Contact for more information

Deb Jahnke

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Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Grant Program

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

Pre-applications were due December 13, 2013. Application instructions and forms (PDF: 72KB/4 pages).

Final applications (if invited) were due March 14, 2014.
Application instructions and forms (Word: 188KB/15 pages).

Capital Improvement Needs of Minnesota's Small Rural Hospitals, January 2001 (PDF: 672KB/37 pages).

Contact for more information
Will Wilson

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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.

Applications are due September 11, 2014. Word (706KB/21 pages) or PDF (129KB/21 pages).

Contact for more information
Judy Bergh

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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.

Applications due October 10, 2014. (PDF: 211KB/21 pages) or (Word: 222KB/21 pages).


2014 grantees (PDF: 57KB/1 page)
2013 grantees (PDF: 62KB/1 page)
2012 grantees (PDF: 10KB/1 page)
2011 grantees (PDF: 10KB/1 page)

Contact for more information
Will Wilson

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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, 2014 to December 31, 2015.

The statutes regarding eligible applicants changed in 2003. Nonprofit organizations, governmental and tribal entities are now eligible to apply for funding.

Applications were due September 18, 2013. Word (166KB/17 pages) or PDF: (464 KB/17 pages)

Contact for more information

Deb Jahnke

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Family Medicine Residency Grant Program

The Family Medicine Residency Grant Program assists Family Medicine Residency programs outside the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area by supporting costs associated with training eligible residents.

Applicants must be located in Minnesota but outside the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area; must demonstrate that at least 25 percent of graduates from the previous three years currently practice in Minnesota communities outside the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area; and must be currently accredited with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for a Family Medicine Education program.

The Minnesota Legislature has appropriated $1,000,000 for the program in Fiscal Year 2014.

Step 1 applications were due October 25, 2013. (Word: 84KB/11 pages or PDF: 81KB: 11 pages)

If invited, Step 2 applications were due November 25, 2013.

Contact for more information

Darwin Flores Trujillo

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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.

Applications were due November 18, 2013. Application instructions (PDF: 37 KB/5 pages).

For more information, contact:
Lorry Colaizy

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Updated Monday, August 18, 2014 at 12:24PM