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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 2, 2014|
|Pre-applications October 4, 2013
Final applications January 21, 2014
|September 18, 2013|
December 19, 2013
|June 5, 2014
|Step 1 applications October 25, 2013.
Step 2 applications November 27, 2013.
November 15 and December 15, 2013.
Pre-applications December 13, 2013.
|November 15, 2013|
|October 11, 2013|
|February 18, 2014|
|November 18, 2013|
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.
Applications for the 2013 loan program were due December 19, 2013 (applications no longer being accepted).
- Application instructions and forms from 2013 program (PDF: 240KB/14 pages).
- Estimated funds available for 2013: $2,500,000.
- Estimated number of approved loans for 2013: 5-15.
- Estimated award range for 2013: $100,000-$500,000.
- Estimated loan approval notification: February 14, 2014.
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.
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.
- Applications were due February 18, 2014.
- Estimated grant period: November 1, 2014 - October 31, 2015.
- For application form and instructions, contact Judy Bergh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-201-3843.
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 2014. 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, 2014-March 31, 2015.
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 were due October 4, 2013 (PDF: 66KB/8 pages or Word: 122KB/8 pages).
Final applications were due January 21, 2014 (PDF: 97KB/20 pages or Word: 127KB/20 pages).
- 2012 grantees (PDF: 50KB/1 page)
- 2011 grantees (PDF: 15KB/1 page)
- 2010 grantees (PDF: 11KB/1 page)
- 2009 grantees (PDF: 13KB/1 page)
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).
- 2013 grantees (PDF: 15.03KB/1 page)
- 2012 grantees (PDF: 15KB/1 page)
- 2011 (no awards available)
- 2010 grantees (PDF: 16KB/2 pages)
- 2009 grantees (PDF: 12KB/1 page)
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 11, 2013. (PDF: 132KB/21 pages) or (Word: 226KB/21 pages).
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.
- 2014-2015 award grantees (PDF: 35KB/1 page)
- 2012-2013 award grantees (PDF: 8KB/1 page)
- 2010-2011 award grantees (PDF: 8KB/1 page)
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.
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: