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Empire Health Foundation is proud to partner with Premera Blue Cross on the Washington State Rural Facilities Capital Grants Partnership Fund. The Fund is intended to support the advancement of quality healthcare in under-resourced communities by making grants to hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare providers in rural areas of Washington State.

These grants will be for equipment and small capital projects that rural healthcare facilities may have difficulty funding due to capital constraints. Investments in the infrastructure of rural and tribal clinics can contribute to increased access to services for patients by adding new technology or equipment that may have been previously unavailable. Improvements to health facilities and equipment also have a proven positive impact on physician retention and recruitment.  

 

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Eligible Organizations are defined as Critical Access Hospitals, Sole Community Hospitals, Community Health Centers, Tribal Clinics and Hospitals, Rural Health Centers, and Outpatient Clinics in Rural Areas. If your organization does not fall under one of these facility types and you are interested in applying, please contact us.

Rural Areas are defined as areas meeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s definition of a non-urban area or qualifying under the Rural Health Information Hub's 'Am I Rural' Tool.

Eligible Projects are defined as short-term capital projects, including the purchase or upgrade of medical or dental equipment and technology, building renovations and restorations, furnishings, and appliances.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the goal of the Washington State Rural Facilities Capital Grants Partnership Fund?

A: The Fund is intended to support the advancement of quality healthcare in under-resourced communities by making grants to hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare providers in rural areas of Washington State. Investments in the infrastructure of rural clinics can contribute to increased access to services for patients by adding new technology or equipment that may have been previously unavailable. Improvements to health facilities and equipment also have a proven positive impact on physician retention and recruitment.

Q: Where will I find the RFP and how do I apply?

A: The official Request for Proposal (RFP) announcement will be released on Monday, Oct. 28 to our statewide network as well as subscribers to our Rural Facilities Capital Grants mailing list. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive the announcement and the grant application portal link directly, or find a link to the portal on our website on the 28th. 

Q: I am in a rural area, but not as defined by the USDA's definition of rural and/or the Rural Health Information Hub’s ‘Am I Rural’ Tool. Does this mean that my organization is ineligible for this grant opportunity?

A: Not necessarily. Both tools are helpful for defining Eligible Organizations, however, we understand that some rural areas may not be eligible through these tools alone. Please contact us for more information. 

 

 

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