Grant Funding

About ORH

The Oregon Office of Rural Health provides grants and grant support to rural and frontier facilities, communities and organizations.

Current ORH Grant Opportunities

Critical Access Hospital Owned Provider-Based Rural Health Clinic Innovation Project

Critical Access Hospital Owned Provider-Based Rural Health Clinic Innovation grants were awarded to support innovative projects that seek to improve operations, patient care, patient satisfaction or improved quality tracking and/or reporting. Partnership with hospital/healthcare systems, Coordinated Care Organizations, Emergency Medical Services, public health, and/or local mental health providers is encouraged. Proposals to expand an existing program or implement a new project areas were accepted, with emphasis on creating community-derived problem solving and collaboration.

Elder Service Innovation Grants

Elder Service Innovation (ESI) grants allow organizations to create or enhance services for elders, to help them age in place in rural Oregon.  Projects may be entirely new or build upon existing services, but must be innovative and potentially serve as a best practice model to be shared around the state and country.

Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP) Top Performer Award

Eligibility and Funding Restrictions: ORH recognizes top performing Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and their Quality Officers each year for consistently reporting MBQIP measures and demonstrating strong results. Top performers are named in the following categories: Emergency Department Transfer Communication; Outpatient; HCAHPS Overall Top Performer and Most Improved.

CAH recipients receive one scholarship for the Quality Officer to attend and present a poster at the Annual Rural Health Conference ($500 value) as well as a $5,000 grant to be used towards quality improvement efforts specific to MBQIP reporting.

Timing and Application: ORH reviews quality data in July and awards are announced at the end of August.

Contact: Stacie Rothwell | | (971) 235-3978

HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon

Eligibility: ORH provides funds to support rural and frontier EMS staff training opportunities. EMS agencies must be located in a rural or frontier area, and be recognized by the Oregon Health Authority EMS & Trauma Systems Program as an organization that participates in Oregon’s 9-1-1 response system. Funding must be used within 12 months after receipt. Funds are awarded on a quarterly basis.

Timing and application: Applications and timing varies annually. Please see the HERO page for more information.

Contact: Rebecca Dobert | | (503) 494-4450

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)

Eligibility and Funding Restrictions: SHIP funds support rural and frontier hospitals with 49 beds or fewer. Funding may be used by eligible hospitals in to:

  • Purchase equipment and/or training to attain value-based purchasing;
  • Join or become an accountable care organization, or create shared savings programs; and
  • Purchase health information technology, equipment, and/or training to comply with meaningful use, ICD-10 standards, and payment bundling.

States receive a maximum award of $9,000 per hospital awardee to support these efforts, with the grant year beginning June 1 and ending May 31 annually.

Timing and Application: Applications are typically submitted in mid-January.

Contact: Rebecca Dobert | | (503) 494-6627

Additional Grant Resources

Grant Support

For Grant Applicants

ORH provides community-level data and review of your application to strengthen the rural or frontier context presented in your grant application.

For Grant Awardees

Information about your grant project can be shared with partners and community members on our website and through our social media.

For Grant Funders

ORH can help you publicize your grants and provide a rural and frontier perspective on your grant review process. ORH will also partner with organizations to administer grant programs.


Contact Rose Locklear | | 503-494-4450