Grant Information - ORHPC

Grant Information - ORHPC



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

Not open for applications at this time.

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 2018. An eligible community clinic includes nonprofit clinics established to provide health services to low-income or rural population groups; a government entity providing clinical services; an Indian tribal government or Indian health service unit providing clinical services; or a consortium of these entities. Applicants organizations must also have a policy to ensure no person will be denied services due to inability to pay (e.g., sliding-fee scale). This funding is for one year: April 1, 2018—March 31, 2019.

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.

Grant application forms and guidelines:

List of Community Clinic grantees:

For more information please contact:
Debra Jahnke
651-201-3845

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Dental Safety Net Grant Program

Not open for applications at this time.

The Dental Safety Net Grant program assists dental providers who treat the uninsured. Eligible providers must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Critical Access Dental provider;
  • Nonprofit organization;
  • Providers not affiliated with a hospital or medical group;
  • Providers who offer free or reduced-cost oral health care to low-income patients under the age of 21 with family incomes below 275% of federal poverty guidelines who do not have insurance coverage for oral health care services; and
  • Providers able to demonstrate that more than 80 percent of patient encounters in the last 12 months were with patients who were uninsured, or 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, compared with the number of uninsured patients under the age of 21 served by all eligible providers.

Grant application forms and guidelines:

Download the Dental Safety Net Grant application.

List of Dental Safety Net grantees:

For more information please contact:
Will Wilson
651-201-3842

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Health Professional Clinical Training Expansion Grant Program

Not open for applications at this time.

Health Professional Clinical Training Expansion Grant Program provides funding to support educational programs that provide clinical training for health professionals. Educational programs may apply for funding to create and maintain additional training positions for up to three years.

Eligible educational programs train students in the following specialties: advanced practice registered nurses; dental therapists and advanced dental therapists; mental health professionals; pharmacists; and physician assistants. Approximately $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 educational programs not seeking expansion funds may apply for up to $75,000 for one year to plan program expansion.

Grant application forms and guidelines:

For more information please contact:
Will Wilson
651-201-3842

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

Not open for applications at this time.

The Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, is soliciting grant proposals from providers of adult day care, home care, and housing with services to provide educational scholarships for their employees.

Total funding available is approximately $1,450,000.  Applicants may request up to $50,000 in each grant application.  Organizations operating multiple facilities may submit more than one application but each application must cover a separate facility or group of facilities.  

Grant application forms and guidelines:

Download: HCBS FY2018 Request for Proposals (PDF).
For those that cannot access a PDF, please contact Lina Jau, 651-201-3809, for the Word document.

List of HCBS Scholarship grantees:

2016 HCBS Scholarship Grantees

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

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Hospital Safety Net Grant Program

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The purpose of the Hospital Safety Net Grant Program is to provide grant funding to help defray underpayments to hospitals for high-cost services provided to Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) enrollees. Up to $1,350,000 is available in Fiscal Year 2018. Funds will be awarded proportionally among all eligible hospitals who apply, based on the total dollar amount of qualifying EMA claims of over $50,000 between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.   

Grant application forms and guidelines:

List of Hospital Safety Net grantees:

For more information please contact:
Will Wilson
651-201-3842

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Indian Health Grant

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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.

Grants will be awarded for a two-year project period: January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.

Grant application forms and guidelines:

Download the Indian Health Grant Program 2018-2019 Application Guidance

Send to:

Postal Address:
Debra Jahnke
Minnesota Department of Health
Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882

Courier/Hand-Delivery:
Debra Jahnke
Minnesota Department of Health
Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
85 East 7th Place, Suite 220 St. Paul, MN 55164-0882

List of Indian Health grantees:

For more information please contact:
Debra Jahnke
651-201-3845

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International Medical Graduates (IMG) Career Guidance and Support Grant Program

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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.

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • 1. Are located in Minnesota.
  • 2. Have demonstrable experience working with immigrants/refugees in Minnesota.
  • 3. Have a track record providing career guidance and support, preferably in health occupations, and preferably with immigrants and refugees.
  • 4. Have experience partnering with educational and support service agencies to maximize resources.
  • 5. Have experience in collaborating with Minnesota health professionals licensing boards.

Grant application forms and guidelines:

Download: IMG Career Guidance and Support Grant Guidance document (PDF)

For more information please contact:
Yende Anderson
651-201-5988

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International Medical Graduates (IMG) Clinical Preparation Grant Program

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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.

Grant application forms and guidelines:

For more information please contact:
Yende Anderson
651-201-5988

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International Medical Graduates (IMG) Primary Care Residency (PCR) Grant Program

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The International Medical Graduates (IMG) Primary Care Residency (PCR) Grant Program supports primary care residency positions for Minnesota IMGs 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. 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 IMGs 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.

Grant application forms and guidelines:

For more information please contact:
Yende Anderson
651-201-5988

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International Medical Graduates (IMG) Residency Preparation Program – BRIIDGE

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The University of Minnesota, in partnership with Minnesota Department of Health, will again offer a residency preparatory program for international medical graduates from February 4, 2019 – November 1, 2019. The faculty leads for this program are Drs. Salah Maalim, Hope Pogemiller, and Michael Westerhaus. This nine-month program will consist of inpatient and outpatient training opportunities as well as community and classroom based components to optimally prepare participants to match into and succeed in residency programs. Prior to program participation, selected participants are also required to enroll in a Fall 2018 semester course (Wednesday evenings) on the social determinants of health and community health in Minnesota offered through the University of Minnesota Public Health School.

Grant application forms and guidelines:

For more information please contact:
Yende Anderson
651-201-5988

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Mental Health Safety Net Grant Program

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The Mental Health Safety Net Grant program assists mental health centers and clinics that treat the uninsured. Eligible providers are 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 with family incomes below 275 percent of federal poverty guidelines who do not have health insurance coverage.

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

Grant application forms and guidelines:

Download the Mental Health Safety Net Grant application

List of Mental Health Safety Net grantees:

For more information please contact:
Will Wilson
651-201-3842

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Primary Care Residency Grant Program

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The Primary Care Residency 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.

Grant application forms and guidelines:

For more information please contact:
Will Wilson
651-201-3842

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Rural Family Medicine Residency Grant Program

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Minnesota Statutes Section. 8. 144.1912 authorizes the Commissioner of Health to award grants to support rural Family Medicine Residency programs.  The grant program assists Family Medicine Residency programs outside the 7-county metropolitan area by funding costs associated with training eligible residents. 

Eligible applicants are family medicine residency programs that fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Located outside the 7-county metropolitan area
  • Accredited as a family medicine residency program or is a candidate for accreditation.
  • Focused on education and training of family medicine physicians to serve communities outside the 7-county metropolitan area, and
  • Able to demonstrate that at least 25 percent of program graduates from the previous three calendar years currently practice in Minnesota communities outside the 7-county metropolitan area.

Grant application forms and guidelines:

For more information please contact:
Will Wilson
651-201-3842

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Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Grant Program

Not open for applications at this time.

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

Grant application forms and guidelines:

List of Rural Hospital Capital Improvement grantees:

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

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Rural Hospital Planning and Transition Grant

Not open for applications at this time.

The purpose of the Rural Hospital Planning and Transition Grant Program is to provide funds that assist small rural hospitals a) develop strategic plans that preserve or enhance access to health services, or b) implement transition projects to modify the type and extent of services provided, based on an existing strategic plan. The program helps small hospitals (50 or fewer beds) preserve or enhance access to health services through planning or implementation projects.

Approximately $250,000 is available for grant contracts. A grant to a hospital, including hospitals that submit applications as a consortium member, may not exceed $45,000. In recent years the average grant amount has been between $25,000 and $35,000.

Grant application forms and guidelines:

For more information please contact:
Craig Baarson
651-201-3840

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Rural Pharmacy Planning and Transition Grant Program

Not open for applications at this time.

This program is intended to preserve access to prescription medication and the skills of a pharmacist in rural areas.

For more information please contact:
Will Wilson
651-201-3842


Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)

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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 - Other items 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

Grant application forms and guidelines:

Estimated grant period: July 1, 2018 - June 31, 2019.

For more information please contact:
Judith Bergh
651-201-3843

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Summer Health Care Internship Program

Not open for applications at this time.

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 $300,000 for the program for Fiscal Year 2018.

Grant application forms and guidelines:

For more information please contact:
Will Wilson
651-201-3842

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Updated Friday, August 03, 2018 at 02:51PM