Eligible hospitals are notified each year by their State Office of Rural Health (SORH) when applications are
available. The SORH collects the individual hospital applications and completes an application for the state.
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy reviews the state applications and notifies each SORH of their award
prior to the grant cycle beginning. The SORH then notifies individual hospitals of their award (calculated by
dividing the total award by the number of applicants, less 5% which contributes to the costs associated with
administering the grant).
To be eligible for these grants, a hospital must:
have 49 or fewer staffed beds
be located in a non-metropolitan area
All North Dakota rural critical access hospitals are eligible.