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 funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for COVID-19 testing and mitigation initiatives. HRSA anticipates $398 million will be available to support the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) 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 will be 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

SHIP ARP Pre-Award Webinar - June 4, 2021

FY 2021 COVID SHIP Testing & Mitigation Webinar - July 14, 2021

Hospital Tools and Resources


Please direct all questions regarding the FY 2021 COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation SHIP funding to

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,560,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.