Grant Program - USDA: Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Programs

Posted by Jamal Fida Friday, April 6, 2012 0 comments
Gants will be made to establish the Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Programs carried out by the eligible organizations in rural areas. The assistance provided by these programs, to the extent practicable, shall be coordinated with and delivered in cooperation with similar services or assistance by other Federal Agencies or programs for rural residents.

There is no commitment by USDA to fund any particular application or to make a specific number of awards. Approximately $1.4 million is available to fund applications in FY 2012.  Funds will be allocated as follows:  A. 60% of available funds will be allocated to fund successful applications submitted by 1862 Land-Grant institutions.  Proposed project budgets in this group must not exceed $200,000, including indirect costs, for project periods of one (1) year; and
B. 40% of available funds will be allocated to fund successful applications submitted by 1890 and 1994 Land-Grant institutions.  Proposed project budgets in this group must not exceed $150,000, including indirect costs, for project periods of one (1) year. 

Given the focus of this grant opportunity -- program development and implementation – in the proposed project budgets, no more than 20% of allocated funds may be allocated to staff salaries and no less than 80% should be allocated to program implementation/outreach activities.   

Awards issued as a result of this RFA will have designated the Automated Standard Applications for Payment System (ASAP), operated by the Department of Treasury’s Financial Management Service, as the payment  system for funds. 

The Rural Health and Safety Education Programs will focus on issues related to one or more of the following areas:

1) Individual and Family Nutrition and Health Education Programs that provide individuals and families with:
·         Information as to the value of good health at any age;
·         Information to increase individual or family’s motivation to take more responsibility for their own health;
·         Information about and access to nutrition and health promotion and educational activities; and
·         Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning nutrition and health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners. 

2) Farm Safety Education Programs that provide information and training to farm worker and farm families concerning safety in the work place, including information and training concerning, but not limited to: 

·         The prevention of occupational injury and death rates;

·         The prevention of exposure to farm chemicals; and

·         The prevention of agricultural respiratory diseases and dermatitis.


3) Rural Health Leadership Development Education Programs that assist rural communities in developing nutrition and health care services and facilities that will provide the maximum benefit for the resources invested and assist community leaders and public officials in understanding their roles and responsibilities relative to rural health services and facilities, including but not limited to:

·         Community decisions regarding funding for and retention of rural hospitals;

·         Rural physicians and allied health professionals recruitment and retention;

·         The aging rural population and senior services required to care for the population;

·         The establishment and maintenance of rural emergency medical services systems; and

·         The application of computer-assisted capital budgeting decision aids for rural health services and facilities.


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