USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) recently announced that the “Delta Health Care Services Grant Program” application window is open with $3,000,000 in grant funds available with the minimum award to be $50,000. Grants will be awarded to eligible entities in the Delta Region serving communities of no more than 50,000 inhabitants to help to address the long standing and unmet health needs of the region.
The Delta Regions refers to the 252 counties and parishes within the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee served by the Delta Regional Authority.
The “Delta Health Care Services Grant Program” provides financial assistance to help meet health needs in the Delta Region by cooperating with healthcare professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions, and other entities in the region. Grant funds may be used to develop healthcare services, health education programs, healthcare job training programs, and to develop and expand public health related facilities in the region. Applicants are strongly encouraged to emphasize distance learning and/or telemedicine projects.
Applications are due on June 3, 2011. For more information, go to the April 4, 2011 issue of the Federal Register, or go to the web site http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/Utilities_LP.html or call (202) 720-8427.