AUSTIN – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is reminding rural hospitals and nursing facilities in Texas to apply for $128 million in federal funding under the US Bailout Act to help pay for critical needs in staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 12.
“We encourage healthcare providers who have worked so hard to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for these funds that can help address critical workforce shortages or pay bonuses to retain employees,” HHSC said. Chief Financial Officer Trey Wood.
HHSC is distributing approximately $90 million in direct grants to nursing facilities in Texas with an active license as of November 8, 2021 under the COVID-19 Nursing Facilities Relief Grant Program in Healthcare (NF-CHRG). Each eligible institution will receive $75,000. The grant can be used for critical staffing needs, such as bonuses and the hiring of contract staff.
The agency is also distributing approximately $38 million or $250,000 to each eligible rural hospital under the Rural Hospital COVID-19 in Healthcare Relief Grant (RH-CHRG) program. The funds are discretionary and can be used by rural hospitals to support staffing, infrastructure, or pandemic-related revenue losses.
HHSC administers grant agreements to legally authorized representatives of approximately 1,200 eligible nursing facilities and approximately 150 eligible rural hospitals in January 2022. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 12. Six months after the award, recipients must submit documentation to HHSC regarding how they used the funds.
Funds for the grant programs were authorized under Senate Bill 8, 87th Legislature, 3rd Convened Session, 2021. The money comes from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund (42 USC Section 802) established under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Pub .L. No. A117-2).
For more information on the COVID-19 Nursing Facilities Relief Grant Program in Health Care and the COVID-19 Rural Hospital Relief Grant Program in Health Care, including listings eligible rural nursing facilities and hospitals in Texas, visit: https://www.hhs.texas.gov/business/grants/covid-19-healthcare-relief-grants.