Funding & Technical Assistance

Current Opportunities

Rural Hospital Leadership and Workforce Development Grant

Grant Overview 

The North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) is committed to addressing the acute workforce issues faced by healthcare organizations in North Carolina. Lanes of work in our strategy include workplace violence, pipeline development, retention and burnout. We are continually promoting opportunities to support our members and look for ways to bolster their internal efforts, especially in developing their existing talent through education, training and up-skilling.  

For over the past 20 years, NCHA’s 501(c)(3) affiliate, The North Carolina Healthcare Foundation (NCHF), has partnered closely with hospitals and other healthcare providers to support organizations in building the internal capabilities needed to deliver high quality, safe, affordable, and accessible healthcare. Healthcare organizations have been supported via: participation in high quality, evidenced based training and certification programs; direct coaching on improvement programs, and through access to local and national subject matter experts.  

In an increasingly complex healthcare landscape with growing workforce challenges, NCHA and NCHF have an enduring commitment to supporting hospital workforce development. More specifically, NCHF is prioritizing grant support to rural workforce development as rural hospitals continue to operate with limited resources needed to serve rural communities. NCHF is offering the following grant opportunity to help rural hospitals close the gap on identified workforce challenges.   

NCHA Staff Contact

Dean Higgins
Senior Director of Operations
North Carolina Healthcare Foundation

Sarah Cavaiani
Grants & Programs Associate
North Carolina Healthcare Foundation

Successful applicants will propose activities in one or more of the following areas related to rural workforce development:

  • Leadership development training and/or certification programs targeting hospital leadership, mid-level managers, clinicians, or front-line staff. Applicants will have a clear plan for supporting the success of participants and ensuring the transfer of new skills and capabilities to achieve organization objectives. 
  • Workshops and/or simulation-based skill building in areas such as: performance improvement and patient safety, health equity, population health, and workplace violence. 
  • Increasing cultural competency at all organizational levels (including Boards)
  • Identifying and addressing gaps in racial equity through a community-based participatory engagement strategy. 
  • Testing and implementation of innovative approaches to addresses workforce burnout and resilience. 
  • Building internal training and development capabilities using train-the-trainer programs. 

Eligible Applicants

  • North Carolina Critical Access Hospitals  
  • North Carolina small and rural hospitals under 50 beds (as defined by the HRSA Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program grant eligibility criteria) 

Expected # of awards:  8

Award Amount:  Up to $50,000 per organization

Grant Term:  12-24 months

Application Deadline:  March 10, 2023 

Expected Award Announcement Date:  April 14, 2023 

  1. Submit the grant application via the Application Portal 
  2. Complete and upload a detailed Project Narrative and budget using the provided templates in the application portal. 
  3. Submission Deadline: March 10, 2023 (Incomplete proposals and proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered). 

For questions related to this grant opportunity, contact Dean Higgins at or 919-677-4212 or Sarah Cavaiani at or 919-677-4233 

Past Opportunities

ED-Based Buprenorphine Pilot

NCHA is conducting a pilot program of evidence-based treatment of opioid use disorder through administration of buprenorphine. NCHA is providing technical assistance, coaching, and implementation support to hospitals participating in the pilot program. The program will begin in January 2023. Applications for pilot hospitals have closed.

Fill the Gap: COVID-19 Response

This program distributed funds to healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and community partners across the state of North Carolina. Funds were used to provide critical safety, health, and wellness supports to communities; develop systems to serve communities remotely; and conduct outreach and education activities relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ASPR: COVID-19 Hospital Preparedness and Response

This funding supported the urgent preparedness and response needs of hospitals, health systems, and health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Projects included increasing infection control safety, department renovations, and creation of virtual and “hospital at home” programs.

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