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Emergency Rural Development Grants for Rural Health Care

  • Granting Agency: USDA
  • Appropriation Amount: $500,000,000
  • Eligible Applicants – TBD
  • Announcement Date: TBD, no later than 150 days after the enactment of the American Rescue Plan
  • Closing Date: TBD

SEC. 1002. EMERGENCY RURAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR RURAL HEALTH CARE

Purpose: Rural development needs related to the covid-19 pandemic

 Eligible expenditures:

  • Increase capacity for vaccine distribution.
  • Provide medical supplies to increase medical surge capacity.
  • Reimburse for revenue lost during the COVID–19 pandemic, including revenue losses incurred prior to the awarding of the grant.
  • Increase telehealth capabilities, including underlying health care information systems.
  • Construct temporary or permanent structures to provide health care services, including vaccine administration or testing.
  • Support staffing needs for vaccine administration or testing; and
  • Engage in any other efforts to support rural development determined to be critical to address the COVID–19 pandemic, including nutritional assistance to vulnerable individuals, as approved by the Secretary.