Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program — Accepting Applications

Date: July 12, 2022

Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program — Accepting Applications through July 31, 2022 (for hospitals)

Applications are being accepted to participate in the Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program (VRHAP). The purpose of VRHAP is to provide targeted, in depth free technical assistance to vulnerable rural hospitals within communities struggling to maintain health care services. The goal is for residents in rural communities to continue to have access to essential health services. Technical assistance will begin September, 2022. The application deadline is July 31, 2022. For additional information see the attached flier and contact the Center for Optimizing Rural Health at: or call 855-234-0712. They are available to answer any and all questions to help make the application process easy and accessible.

 Eligible Applicants:

  • A PPS hospital defined by federal or state as rural. See the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) tool for federal eligibility, or check with your State Office of Rural Health (SORH) for state specific definition
  • All Critical Access Hospitals are eligible.
  • Hospitals operated by tribes and tribal organizations under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act are also eligible.
  • Rural hospitals evaluating health care services provided to the community which may exclude in-patient services, i.e., “right servicing” its local health care services.

If unsure of rural eligibility, please check the FORHP Eligibility Analyzer.