Grant Opportunities

Reducing Social Isolation Among Older Rural Adults through Technology (Bader Philanthropies, Inc.; deadline: October 18, 2019). Request for Proposals for agencies interested in working with key community stakeholders to engage in using technology (such as transportation) to reduce social isolation, increase social and community engagement and improve quality of life for adults in rural communities.

Improving Social Connectedness and Food Security in Older Adults (AARP Foundation; deadline: October 18, 2019).  The focus is on projects showing evidence that low-income older adults who participate in the proposed project experience improved social connectedness or increased food security. Both RFAs will support nonprofit organizations with projects that fall under Direct Service, Research, Education, Outreach, and Field-Building.

Enhancing the Quality of Life for Low-Income Seniors and Adults with Disabilities (Jean Griswold Foundation; deadline: October 31, 2019). The Foundation is offering grants for programs that enhance the quality of life for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities who choose to age in place. The Foundation offers support to organizations located within a 25-mile radius of Griswold Home Care offices in 29 states. The Foundation’s funding priorities focus on programs that provide services such as home delivered meals; transportation; friendly visitors; home chores and repairs; hospice; and respite and caregiver support. The Foundation also supports local community and grassroots organizations that provide other programs and services with the intent of helping those of limited financial means to age in place.

Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas  (The Department of Veteran Affairs, VA-HRTG-NEW-2019; deadline: October 31, 2019). The VA is offering a grant for transportation of veterans in highly rural areas (). It is for potential first time grantees and is a grant-based program that helps Veterans in highly rural areas travel to VA or VA-authorized health care facilities. This program provides grant funding to Veteran Service Organizations and State Veterans Service Agencies to provide transportation services in eligible counties.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (deadline: November 13, 2019). The Foundation is seeking proposals for creative, scalable, strategic new ways to generate awareness of the structural and historic barriers to economic mobility; to communicate that poverty is not just something that happens to other people and everyone is deserving of the chance to move out of it; and to change the predominant misconceptions about poverty in a way that creates the conditions for effective programs and policies to be adopted by the public and private sectors. The

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy offers the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (“Network Planning”). The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated health care network, specifically with network participants who do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts. Network Planning goals are: (i) to achieve efficiencies; (ii) to expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) to strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. The deadline to apply, November 29, 2019

The National Rural Health Information Clearinghouse ProgramHealth Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is offering a grant up to $2,500,000 for domestic organizations (which includes faith based, community based, and tribal) with the goal of improving population health in rural areas. The deadline to apply, December 2, 2019.


Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program: The purpose of the Delta Program is to support organizations located in the eight Delta States (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee) to promote the planning, implementation, and development of health care networks to (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. The program provides resources to help rural communities develop partnerships and jointly address health problems that affect the Delta region. The deadline to apply, December 6, 2019

Home Depot Foundation Community Impact Grants offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501c designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be completed within six months of approval date. The deadline to apply, December 31, 2019.


Walmart local community grants are awarded through an open application process and provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S. The grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000. The deadline to apply, December 31, 2019.

The AmeriCorps State and National Grants (Healthy Futures) is offering a grant toward organizations (faith-based, rural intermediaries, etc.) seeking to reduce and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse. The deadline to apply, January 8, 2020.


Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hispanic-Serving Institutions - Education Grants Program (USDA-NIFA-HSI-006951). Grant range is $50,000 - $1,000,000. The purpose of the HSI Education Grants Program is to encourage innovative teaching or education proposals with potential to impact and become models for other institutions that serve underrepresented students, at the regional or national level. The deadline to apply, January 30, 2020.

CIGNA World of Difference Grant Program: Community Health Navigation Grant is offering a grant between $50,000-$150,000 with the goal of providing an opportunity for everyone to achieve the best possible health. All organizations are eligible to apply and the application process is Rolling.

Active Grants

The Rides to Wellness Demonstration and Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Grants. The FTA awarded grants to 19 projects in 16 states to help connect people to much needed healthcare services through improved access to public transportation. Grantees are building partnerships among health, transportation, and other service providers to improve health outcomes and lower healthcare costs by ensuring individuals can access medical services.

NCMM's Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants. These grants, with funding from the Federal Transit Administration, support communities seeking innovative ways to address the particular mobility challenges experienced by low-income community members for whom a lack of transportation is an obstacle to the pursuit of economic, health, and social well being.

NCMM Health Care Transportation Access “Ready-to-Launch” 2019 Implementation Grants. These grants, supported by the Federal Transit Administration, support communities in taking concrete steps toward implementing transportation solutions to address health care access.

Access and Mobility Partnership Grants. The FTA awarded grants to 37 projects in 37 states to help improve options for people with limited transportation choices and bridge the gap between service providers in the transportation and health sectors.

Completed Grants

Healthcare Access Design Challenge 2017
In October 2017, the National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM), with funding from the Federal Transit Administration, announced the Healthcare Access Design Challenge 2017, a funding opportunity to assist seven communities in addressing healthcare access issues. The teams completed their work in October 2018.

Healthcare Access Mobility Design Challenge 2015
The 2015 Design Challenge grants were launched as part of the Federal Transit Administration's "Rides to Wellness" initiative. Sixteen communities were given grants to design innovative transportation solutions related to healthcare access; their work was completed in March 2016.