American Rescue Plan (ARP) COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation SHIP Funding
Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) received one-time funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for COVID-19 testing and mitigation initiatives. HRSA awarded approximately $398 million to existing grantees of the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) to work with small rural hospitals—those with fewer than 50 beds— and Critical Access Hospitals to increase COVID-19 testing efforts, expand access to testing in rural communities, and expand the range of mitigation activities to meet community needs within the CDC Community Mitigation Framework.
See the official press release here.
Program Purpose and Activities
While the FY 2021 COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation SHIP funding was awarded through SHIP, it is specifically for COVID-19 needs as outlined above and is not intended to fall within the existing SHIP funding categories.
Funded activities for this program include:
- Testing education
- Establishment of alternate testing sites
- Test result processing
- Arranging for the processing of test results
- Engaging in other activities within the CDC Community Mitigation Framework to address COVID-19 in rural communities.
Read more about the program's background here.
ARP Grant Links and Information
The SHIP COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation program also requires a final report (due March 30, 2023) and an equipment list (due at closeout). Templates for these reports are below.
Minor Alterations/Renovations (A/R) Reporting and Documentation Requirements
SHIP Testing and Mitigation funding may be used for Minor Alteration/Renovation (A/R) activities if the activity is essential to support a hospital’s COVID-19 testing and/or mitigation strategy. See the SHIP COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Minor A/R Instructions for more information on Minor A/R Activities.
FY 2021 COVID SHIP Testing & Mitigation Webinar - July 14, 2021
- Webinar Playback (Passcode: h3X2x^G9)
Hospital Tools and Resources