Rural Assistance Center

RAC Spotlight: Finding Funding & Opportunities on RAC Just Got Easier

i Mar 2nd No Comments by

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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New Guide on Research, Assessment, and Evaluation

i Dec 1st No Comments by

A new RAC topic guide, Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation, is now available to SORHs as a resource to help organizations in their state learn about:

  • The importance of community-based participatory research to rural communities
  • Why a needs assessment should be conducted before you select a program intervention
  • Tools for conducting Community Health Needs Assessments
  • How hospitals and public health agencies can work together on CHNAs
  • Tips for efficient and practical program evaluations
  • And much more

The guide was developed by Maren Niemeier, RAC’s Information Resources Manager, with guidance from rural health experts including: Alana Knudson (NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis); Gerald Doeksen, Cheryl St. Clair, and Fred Eilrich (National Center for Rural Health Works); Paula Carter (National Resource Center on Native American Aging and University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health); Ralph Renger, Ken Hall, and Karin Becker (University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health).

New in the Rural Health Models and Innovations Hub 

Successful rural programs added recently include:

Share Innovations From Your State

Please take a look at what RAC has listed in the Rural Health Models and Innovations Hub for your state. Do you have other examples from your state that you’d like to share?  You can suggest an addition to the Hub!



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