The RAC website has long been a popular source to find funding opportunities for rural projects. Recent changes to the RAC website will make it even easier to find potential programs that would be a good match for your organization and the rural health projects you hope to undertake.

  • Updated topic list – The new list of topics allows you to select from a wider range of rural health-related issues you would like to address. It also includes more specific terms that will be helpful in finding programs that fund specific types of projects.
  • Narrowing features – New narrowing and sorting options at the top of each list of funding opportunities give you more control over what you’re seeing on the page and let you drill down to very specific results. For instance, using the new narrowing by geography and topic controls, you can narrow your results to opportunities in your state that are tagged with the multiple topics, such as “Recruitment and retention of health professionals” and “Physicians.”

Just look for these controls at the top of the page:


  • Exclude inactive funding – The RAC funding database contains both active and inactive programs. By checking the “Hide Inactive Funding” box at the top of any list of funding programs, you can limit your results to only those that are currently accepting applications.

To learn more about how to use the new narrowing and sorting features, watch this 2-minute video.

Looking for the latest funding and opportunities added to RAC? Check out the What’s New in Funding page or the funding RSS feed.

“What is Rural?” Topic Guide Updated

RAC’s “What is Rural?” topic guide was recently updated. The guide discusses various definitions of rural, why definitions matter, and how they are used. The guide was developed by Kathleen Spencer, RAC information specialist, with assistance from Steve Hirsch, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy; John Cromartie, USDA Economic Research Service; and Mandi-Leigh Peterson, University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health.


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