Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program: Addressing Needs of Rural Americans

Deadline: 1 June 2016

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications from colleges and universities for Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to address the needs of rural Americans by providing individual and family health education programs.

The RHSE program supports quality of life in rural communities across the United States by addressing the relationship between rural prosperity and rural health and safety in the context of food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences.


The RHSE program proposals are expected to be health education projects that provide individuals and families living in rural areas 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 regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact on human health;
  • Information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and
  • Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.

Funding Information: The amount available for NIFA support of this program in FY 2016 is approximately $1.4 million.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications may be submitted by 1862 and 1890 Land Grant colleges and universities that are eligible to receive funds under the Act of July 2, 1862 (7 U.S.C. 301 et seq.), and the Act of August 30, 1890 (7 U.S.C. 321 et seq.), including Tuskegee University, West Virginia State University and the University of the District of Columbia.
  • Applications also may be submitted by any of the Tribal colleges and universities designated as 1994 Land Grant Institutions under the Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994, as amended.
  • Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.
  • Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed will preclude NIFA from making an award.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit RHSE Competitive Grant Program.