Rural Hospital Innovation Grant

The Rural Hospital Innovation Grant (RHIG) works to strengthen and improve the health care system and increase access to health care services in eligible counties in order to help communities achieve and maintain optimal health. Funds are to be used at a hospital within the county for transitional assistance in changing a hospital’s current health care delivery model to a more appropriate model that the hospital serves. 

RHIG was established by the Kansas Legislature through Sec. 11 of House Bill 2208 (PDF) on May 6, 2021 and funded through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) under the State Fiscal Recovery Funds (SFRF)  program.


“Steam on a Roll” by Sarah Ellerbeck, 2021 National Rural Health Day photo submission

  1. Eligibility
  2. Application
  3. Resources

Who's Eligible for RHIG Funding?

Per legislation, funds are to be utilized by a county in Kansas other than Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, or Wyandotte counties at a hospital for the purpose of assisting the hospital with transitioning their model of care to a model that better serves the residence of their community. Funds must be matched by an outside stakeholder with $2 of matched funds for every $1 of RHIG funds being requested. View the Rural Hospital Innovation Grant Guide (PDF)  for more details about program eligibility and requirements.