Passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2021, and funded with $10 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, the State Office of Primary Care and Rural Health has implemented the new Rural Hospital Innovation Grant (RHIG).
Now opening a second application cycle for RHIG applicants. We know many rural hospitals are struggling and need to find ways to adapt to prepare for the health care needs of their community now, and into the future.
RHIG is available to rural counties in Kansas in collaboration with hospitals to strengthen and improve the health care system by innovating and transitioning their model of care to increase access to health care services. This grant will help improve the long-term viability of rural hospitals in Kansas while allowing them to provide essential services to residents.
Over $6 million dollars have been awarded and there is still time to apply! The second round of applications are now
being accepted with awards planned for December 2023.
More information and application instructions can be
found on the RHIG website.
Who's Eligible for RHIG Funding?
Per legislation, funds are to be utilized by a county in Kansas other than Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, or Wyandotte counties at a hospital for the purpose of assisting the hospital with transitioning their model of care to a model that better serves the residence of their community. Funds must be matched by an outside stakeholder with $2 of matched funds for every $1 of RHIG funds being requested. View the Rural Hospital Innovation Grant Guide for more details about program eligibility and requirements.
Questions about this grant?
Please call or email Andy Jones at the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health.
Andy Jones, MSEd (he/him)
Rural Hospital Grant Analyst
Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
1000 SW Jackson St, #340, Topeka, KS 66612