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Grants to Minnesota Hospitals in Eligible Locations for Training and Hardware and Software Acquisitions

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)


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Funding Source
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/16/24
Deadline: 01/31/24 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Minnesota hospitals in eligible locations for training and hardware and software acquisitions. Funding is intended for small hospitals run by for-profit, nonprofit, faith-based, or tribal organizations. The goal of the program is to enable hospitals to meet value-based payment and care goals. Eligible applicants are located in rural areas.

Section 1820(g)(3) of the Social Security Act (SSA) authorizes SHIP to assist eligible hospitals in meeting the costs of implementing data system requirements established under the Medicare Program, including using funds to assist hospitals in participating in improvements in value and quality to health care. 

The Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) supports eligible hospitals in meeting value-based payment and care goals, through purchases of hardware, software, and training. SHIP enables small rural hospitals to become or join accountable care organizations (ACOs); to participate in shared savings programs; and to purchase health information technology (hardware and software), equipment, or training to comply with quality improvement activities, such as advancing patient care information, promoting interoperability, and payment bundling. Hospitals can apply for projects under three investment categories:

  • Value-Based Purchasing (VBP)
  • Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)/Shared Savings
  • Payment Bundling (PB)/Prospective Payment System (PPS)

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible small rural hospitals are non-federal, short-term general acute care facilities located in a rural area of the United States and the territories, including faith-based hospitals. They may be for-profit, not-for-profit or tribal organizations.

1. "Eligible small rural hospital" is defined as a non-Federal, short-term general acute hospital that: (i) is located in a rural area as defined in 42 U.S.C1395ww(d) and (ii) has 49 available beds or less, as reported on the hospital's most recently filed Medicare Cost Report;
2. "Rural area" is defined as either: (1) located outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA); (2) located within a rural census tract of an MSA, as determined under the Goldsmith Modification or the Rural-Urban Commuting Areas (RUCAs) or (3) is being treated as if being located in a rural area pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1395(d)(8)(E); and,
3. Eligible SHIP hospitals may be for-profit or not-for-profit, including faith-based. Hospitals in U.S. territories as well as tribally operated hospitals under Title I. and V. of P.L. 93-638 are eligible to the extent that such hospitals meet the above criteria.
4. Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are rural by definition and qualify for SHIP.

To verify that your location meets HRSA requirements, use the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer tool Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer (

Pre-Proposal Conference
Informational webinar

An informational webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at 10 a.m. Central Time.

A questions and answers document will be posted after the meeting, by January 19, 2024.

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Pre-Application Information
- January 31, 2024: Hospital applications due to ORHPC by 11:59 p.m.
- February 16, 2024: ORHPC submits State application to HRSA/FORHP on behalf of hospitals
- May 2024 (estimate): ORHPC receives notice of award
- June 2025 (estimate): Grantee receives notice of award
- January 2025 (estimate): Progress report due to ORHPC
- July 2025 (estimate): All reports and invoices must be submitted to the ORHPC to receive final payment.

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Estimated Size of Grant
For the 2023 program year the estimated maximum award for each hospital is $13,011.

Term of Contract
The 2024 grant program year is anticipated to start in June 2024 and end May 2025.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

2024 Access Code: SHIP24

For more information please contact:

Minnesota Department of Health
Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
PO Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

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