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|In the final budget, the Donated Dental Services Program, the Health Careers Promotion Grant and the Migrant Health Grant were eliminated. The Summer Health Care Intern Program is not funded for fiscal year 2012-2013, but may be available in 2014.|
Grants and Loans available from the Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
Anticipated Due Date
|May 3, 2013|
|Pre-applications October 24, 2012
Final applications January 23, 2013
Applications not currently being accepted.
October 31 of each year
Pre-applications December 17, 2012
|October 29, 2012|
|October 1, 2012|
The Minnesota Department of Health-Office of Rural Health and Primary Care 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 entities: federally qualified health centers; community clinics; nonprofit or local units of government hospitals; individual or small group physician practices that are primarily focused on primary care; nursing facilities and local public health departments.
Note: Priority will be given to the following applicants: critical access hospitals; federally qualified health centers; skilled nursing facilities; entities that serve uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved individuals (urban or rural); and individual or small group practices that are primarily focused on primary care. The commissioner has the authority to approve other providers of health or health care services when interoperable electronic health record capability would improve quality of care, patient safety or community health.
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/1pg)Contact for more information
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. Starting in 2013, SHIP grant funds may be used to purchase computer hardware/software, technical assistance, consultant services, or training and education in one of the three funding categories (value-based purchasing, accountable care organization or bundled payments) according to the following priorities:
- Priority 1 – MBQIP (Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project) implementation. Non-CAHs are exempt from this provision.
- Priority 2 – HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) and/or ICD-10 activities.
- Priority 3 – Other activity listed on the SHIP Purchasing Menu (see Page 3 of the SHIP Application).
- Applications are due February 15, 2013.
- Estimated grant period: November 1, 2013 - October 31, 2014.
- 2013 Application (Word: 69KB/5 pages) due February 15, 2013.
- 2013 Instructions (PDF: 77KB/3 pages) **REVISED**
- Final reports are due November 30, 2013.
- 2012 Final Report form (Word: 60KB/2 pages). Please include supporting documentation (e.g., vendor invoices) and be sure the chief executive officer’s (CEO) or designee signature is included. If you do not have an electronic signature, print a hard copy of the report, secure the CEO’s signature, scan and save as a PDF file and email to: Anne Schloegel@state.mn.us.
- 2012 grantees (PDF: 22KB/1 page).
Contact for more information
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 2013. 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, 2013-March 31, 2014.
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: 93KB/1pg)
Pre-applications are due October 24, 2012 (PDF: 278KB/8pgs or Word: 41KB/8pgs)
Final applications are due January 23, 2013 (PDF: 253KB/18pgs or Word: 41KB/18pgs)
- 2012 grantees (PDF: 50KB/1pg)
- 2011 grantees (PDF: 15KB/1pg)
- 2010 grantees (PDF: 11KB/1pg)
- 2009 grantees (PDF: 13KB/1pg)
The program helps small rural hospitals make needed facility and equipment improvements.
Capital Improvement Needs of Minnesota's Small Rural Hospitals, January 2001 (PDF: 672K/37 pages)
- 2012 grantees (PDF: 15KB/1pg)
- 2011 (no awards available)
- 2010 grantees (PDF: 16KB/2pgs)
- 2009 grantees (PDF: 12KB/1pg)
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.
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 1, 2012. (PDF: 394KB/22pgs) or (Word: 225KB/22pgs).
The Minnesota Primary Care Loan Fund offers loans to clinics, hospitals, networks and others for equipment, working capital, expansion, startup and other needs. The Office of Rural Health & Primary Care is a partner in the fund, which is administered by the Nonprofit Assistance Fund. More information is on the Nonprofits Assistance Fund website.
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 are awarded for a two-year project period: January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013.
The statutes regarding eligible applicants changed in 2003. Nonprofit organizations, governmental and tribal entities are now eligible to apply for funding.
- 2012-2013 Past award grantees (PDF: 8KB/1pg)
- 2010-2011 Past award grantees (PDF: 8KB/1pg)
- 2008-2009 Past award grantees (PDF: 8KB/1pg)