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Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE)

Grants to USA IHEs for Rural Health Education Programs to
Reduce Opioid Abuse and Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Deadline Date:

04/29/21 5:00 PM Eastern

Description:

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Grants to USA qualified IHEs for rural health education programs, including those that focus on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding is intended to support programs and projects serving families and individuals that aim to reduce and prevent opioid misuse, other substance abuse, and the infection and transmission of SARS-COV-2. The RHSE program supports quality of life in rural communities across the United States by addressing the relationship between rural prosperity and rural health and safety in the context of food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences.

The anticipated amount for awards in FY 2021 is approximately $4,000,000;approximately $1,000,000 of which will be for competitive external grants for eligible institutions to support the utilization of telehealth, telemedicine, and distance learning strategies for education and training in minority rural communities related to opioids or preventing spread of SARS-CoV-2 and in mitigating infection and transmission of SARS-CoV-2

The RHSE program addresses the health and well-being of rural America through supporting the development and/or implementation of projects focused on:

  1.  Individual and family health education programs with specified contents; 
  2. Rural health leadership development education programs to assist rural communities in developing health care services and facilities and assist community leaders and public officials in understanding their roles and responsibilities; and
  3. Farm safety education programs to provide information and training to farm workers, timber harvesters, and farm families.

In FY 2021, NIFA is soliciting applications for RHSE in the area of Individual and Family Health Education.

The RHSE program proposals in the individual and family health education area are expected to be health education projects that provide individuals and families living in rural areas with:

  • Information as to the value of good health at any age;
  • Information to increase individual or families’ motivation to take more responsibility for their own health, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic or SARS-CoV-2 pandemic;
  • Information about and access to health promotion activities;
  • Information to support the utilization of telehealth, telemedicine, and distance learning strategies for opioid education and training in minority rural communities.
  • Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.

Proposals submitted to the RHSE program in FY 2021 may focus on the prevention and/or reduction of opioid misuse and abuse per Congressional guidance for this program. Proposals may also focus on helping prevent spread of SARS-CoV-2 and in mitigating infection and transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

More information about eligible programs can be found at https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY-2021-Rural-Health-and-Safety-Ed-RFA-508.pdf#page=9.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155310

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,000,000

Number of Grants:

Anticipated Number of Awards: 10-11

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Award Amount: $350,000

Term of Contract:

Grant Duration: 24 Months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by 1862 and 1890 Land Grant colleges and universities that are eligible to receive funds under the Act of July 2, 1862 (7 U.S.C. 301 et seq.), and the Act of August 30, 1890 (7 U.S.C. 321 et seq.), including Central State University, Tuskegee University, and West Virginia State University. Applications also may be submitted by any of the Tribal colleges and universities designated as 1994 Land Grant Institutions under the Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994, as amended.

Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.

NIFA will not consider or fund the following types of applications to the FY 2021 RHSE program:
- Proposals without a plan for measuring participant outcomes;
- Proposals planned for less than 24 months;
- Proposals with a focus on topic areas specific to other NIFA grant programs, such as AFRI Food Safety, AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention, AgrAbility, Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, or Youth Farm Safety;
- Proposals with a focus on research (other than evaluation related to project outputs, outcomes and impacts), formal education (K-12, university), or clinical interventions; or
- Proposals focused on the clinical treatment of individuals with substance use disorders.

NIFA will recognize and prioritize COE applicants that carry out research, extension, and education activities that relate to the food and agricultural sciences. For more information on COEs, see https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY-2021-Rural-Health-and-Safety-Ed-RFA-508.pdf#page=14.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
- April 29, 2021 5:00 P.M. Eastern

No Match Required - The RHSE has NO matching requirement. NIFA will not factor matching resources into the review process as an evaluation criterion.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329476

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants may submit written comments to Policy@usda.gov (email is for comments only).

For More Information, contact:
Brent Elrod
richard.elrod@usda.gov
202-445-5456

Sydney Turner
sydney.turner@usda.gov
816-926-2500

NIFA’s Mailing Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205
Mail Stop 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

For technical support, contact: electronic@usda.gov

For grants.gov support, contact: support@grants.gov; 800-518-4726 (TollFree) or 606-545-5035

CFDA Number:

10.516

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-NIFA-RHSE-007857

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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