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Rural Family Medicine Residency Grant Program

Grants to Minnesota Family Medicine Programs
to Train Family Physicians in Rural Communities

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11/12/21 11:59 PM CST Receipt


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Grants to Minnesota medical residency programs to educate and train physicians in eligible locations. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to expand the physician workforce in rural communities. The grant program assists Family Medicine Residency programs outside the 7–county metropolitan area.

The grant program assists Family Medicine Residency programs outside the 7-county metropolitan area by funding costs associated with training eligible residents. Grant funds will be allocated first to support proposed new family medicine residency positions, and remaining funds will be allocated proportionally based on the number of existing residents in eligible programs.

Collaboration is encouraged. For rural family medicine residency projects, collaboration with students of eligible primary care professions is required. Successful applicants will be required to work with students of eligible family residency, accrediting bodies, providers and provider organizations, and Minnesota Department of Health for reporting measures.

This grant will serve rural populations by providing family medicine programs the opportunity to maintain and expand clinical training in these communities.

Grant outcomes will include:

  • Expanding the number of family medicine physicians practicing outside Minnesota’s 7- county metropolitan area.
  • Increasing the training opportunities for family medicine residents in rural communities.
  • Expanding the rural physician workforce.

The Rural Family Medicine Residency Grant Program seeks to address primary care physician shortages in rural areas by supporting opportunities for family medicine residents to practice within these settings. It can be challenging for rural and underserved communities to attract providers. This grant is intended to increase training opportunities in rural-focused programs, thus exposing more residents to rural practice. 

For more about Health Equity Priorities and other Competitive Priorities, see

Grant funds awarded may only be spent to cover the costs of eligible projects for supporting and or expansion of the residency program:

  • Direct funding of family medicine resident, faculty and preceptor salaries and fringe,
  • Funding of training sites, for costs directly associated with the training of residents,
  • Recruitment, training, and retention of residents and faculty,
  • Contractual services,
  • Travel and lodging for residents,
  • Operation of the Family Medicine Residency Program, including education, faculty, or clinical expenses; and
  • Equipment purchases and capital improvements.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186332

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Eligible programs seeking funding for new family medicine residency positions will receive up to $300,000 per new Family Medicine residency slot, over three years. Over the three-year contract, the maximum award for each new slot will be $100,000 per year

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are family medicine residency programs that fulfill all of the following criteria:
- Are located in Minnesota, but outside the 7-county metropolitan area (defined by statute as Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington counties); and
- Can demonstrate a focus on training family medicine physicians to serve communities outside the 7-county metropolitan area.
- Can demonstrate that at least 25% of graduates from the last 3 calendar years currently practice in Minnesota communities outside the 7-county metropolitan area: and
- Can demonstrate current, or candidacy for, accreditation and compliance with the Institutional and Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Family Medicine, of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
- (If applying for funding for a new residency position) Can demonstrate that an application to expand a Family Medicine Residency slot is for the creation of a new slot:
- Applicants that currently conduct resident training must document a baseline number of residents in family medicine, and commit to maintaining the baseline for up to three years; and
- Applicants must agree to maintain the total number of residents including the established baseline number and the new resident(s) to be supported with grant funding.

Family Medicine Residency programs applying to this grant program are not eligible to receive a grant for new residency slots from the Primary Care Residency grant program, as defined by Minnesota Statute 144.1912, but programs may apply for planning funding from that grant.

For Contracting and Bidding Requirements, see

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to:
- Fundraising
- Taxes, except sales tax on goods and services
- Lobbyists, political contributions
- Bad debts, late payment fees, finance charges, or contingency funds
- Indirect

Pre-Application Information:

- Step 1 Application deadline is October 20, at 11:59pm CST
- Step 2 Application deadline is November 12, at 11:59pm CST

Applicants MUST submit a Step 1: Pre-Application by October 20, 2021, no later than 11:59 pm CST. If the Step 1: Pre-Application is not received by the deadline, then any application in response to this RFP will NOT be accepted and considered. Submitting a Step 1: Pre-Application does not obligate the sender to submit an application to this RFP.

Project Dates:
- Step 1 Application due to MDH: October 20, 2021
- Grant distribution announcement: October 27, 2021
- Step 2 Application due to MDH: November 12, 2021
- Grant Agreements begin (est.): January 3, 2022

Please submit questions no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time, on November 8, 2021. All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted by email or phone to Paia Vang. All answers will be posted within five business days at the URL for Full Text below.

Consultation and guidance in completing the application process is available upon request. MDH will provide all forms and templates for invoices and progress reports. MDH is also available to provide technical assistance for grantees. It is the grantee’s responsibility to meet all obligations in the contract, and to notify MDH and request approval for any changes to these obligations.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information please contact:
Paia Vang
Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Toll free from Greater Minnesota: 1-800-366-5424

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Outside the 7-county metropolitan area (defined by statute as Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington counties)

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