The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Office is offering up to $500 million in grants for rural health care facilities, tribal governments, and rural communities in order to broaden access to health care services and assistance.

Applicants can apply for recovery grants or impact grants.

Recovery grants can be used to implement COVID-19 vaccine distribution and telehealth services, as well as operating expenses for food banks. Recovery grant applications will be received on a continuing basis until funds are completely disbursed.

Impact grant funds are set aside for nonprofits, tribal governments, and other entities to assist in the solving of regional rural health care issues. Impact grant applications are due by 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Oct. 12, and must be submitted to the applicant’s local USDA Rural Development Office.

For more information and to view the application guide, visit