The Health Resources and Services Administration's Office of Rural Health Policy has $12 million in grant money available for 40 awards to help rural provider networks achieve meaningful use of electronic health records.

"The program will support rural providers who work in formal networks, alliances, coalitions or partnerships in their effort to effectively achieve 'meaningful use' requirements," according to a funding announcement. "Funds provided through this program are not used for direct delivery of services."

The office anticipates the initiative will be a one-time funding opportunity. Activities supported via grant funds could include workforce analysis, EHR strategic planning, EHR training, purchase of health information technology equipment and installation of broadband connectivity. "Networks should have a history of organizational collaboration and must have a memorandum of understanding prior to apply to this program," according to the announcement.

The due date for applications is May 27 with a projected award date of Sept. 1. There is no cost sharing required to receive a grant. To access the full funding opportunity announcement, click here.

--Joseph Goedert


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