Finding Grants and Other Funding Opportunities

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports more than 90 programs that provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically, or medically challenged.

HRSA does this through grants and cooperative agreements to more than 3,000 awardees, including community and faith-based organizations, colleges and universities, hospitals, state, local, and tribal governments, and private entities.Every year, HRSA programs serve tens of millions of people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, mothers and their families, and those otherwise unable to access quality health care. For example, previous grants to hospitals have included: Nursing Workforce Diversity, Health Center Program, Ryan White Part C Outpatient EIS, Preventive Medicine Residencies, Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program, and Residency Training in Primary Care. There are 10 HRSA Regional Offices in the United States always willing to help you find grants!

Where and How to Find Funding Opportunities

  • Prior to looking and applying for grants, ensure that your hospital or clinic is registered with the Data Universal Number System (DUNS), the System for Award Management (SAM), and with Grants.gov. Registering with these entities can take up to 4 weeks, so make sure to leave time for these to go through.
  • Go to Grants.gov and find the tab Search Grants at the top of the page. Once you are on the Search Grants page, make sure that Forecasted and Posted are both selected under Opportunity Status. In the textbox for “Keyword(s),”type HRSA, CDC, or any other governmental health organization and SEARCH. Viewing the forecasted grants early gives your team a chance to develop a more competitive application and more time to review it before submitting. Once you click on a Posted grant, you will be taken to its respective webpage of information. If you click on “Package,” you will be given the option to preview what is included in the award and the option to apply for it. Grants.gov is open 24 hours, 7 days a week apart from federal holidays.
  • You are able manage several subscriptions from the Grants.gov portal. Here, you can register to receive email notifications when funding opportunities are available through HRSA or Grants.gov.
  • Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs): A NOFO explains available funding, the application process, and the information on eligibility. They contain information that applicants need to know to apply for the available funding, including program history, regulations, and contact information.
  • Documents for help with application tips, fiscal tips, common mistakes made by applicants, and the 5Rs for writing applications can also be found under Optimizing Financial Opportunities.