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4 Best Grants for Nursing Home Equipment [Steps to Apply Included]

Although most nursing homes are operated as for-profit businesses, that does not restrict them from applying for grants that will help them effectively run their facility.

Interestingly, there are a couple of grants a nursing home can apply for, and some of these grants may not be specific to an industry.

For example, some grants may not be specifically designed for nursing home equipment needs, but these grants can be accessed by any nursing home that meets the eligibility requirements of such grants.

In this article, we will look at some of the best grants for nursing home equipment that you can apply for should you be looking for such grants.

Best Grant for Nursing Home Equipment

  1. Administration for Community Living (ACL) – Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) Integration Grants:

The National Aging and Disability Resource Center Program (ADRC), is a collaborative effort of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and is designed to streamline access to home and community supports and services for consumers of all ages, incomes, and disabilities, and their families.

ACL awards more than one billion dollars in grants primarily to state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and small businesses.

Some are awarded under formulas (mandatory grants) established in legislation, while others are awarded in a competitive process (discretionary grants).

ACL awards grants to states and organizations that provide services and support for older adults and people with disabilities, conduct research, and develop innovative approaches to doing both


Eligibility criteria may vary, and it is important to review the specific guidelines provided in the grant announcement.

Application Steps:
  • Complete the Application, including all required forms, assurances, and certifications. When complete, save the application to your computer.
  • Be sure to click the Check for Errors button, which will validate your application and activate the Save and Submit button.
  • Save and Submit only after you have double-checked your application for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with the page limit. After you click Save and Submit, you will enter your username and password. Assuming you are registered with, you can click the Sign and Submit button to authenticate and submit your application.
  • Watch your E-mail. You will receive a series of e-mails from that will help you track your application. You can get the same information by logging into your account at

You are expected to Submit Applicable Required Forms with your Application Such as:

  • OMB Standard Form (SF) 424 – Application for Federal Assistance
  • OMB SF-424A, Budget Information – Non-construction Programs
  • OMB SF-424B, Assurances – Non-construction Programs
  • Certification Regarding Lobbying (PDF, 41KB)
  • Budget Justification Sample Template Instructions (PDF 292KB)
  • Instructions for Completing Project Summary Abstract (PDF 280KB)
  • Workplan Template (PDF 210KB)
  1. Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program by USDA Rural Development

The USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program provides direct loans and/or grants for essential community facilities in rural areas, and nursing homes in such communities can also benefit from this grant and loan.

Priority is given to healthcare and public safety projects. Funds may be used to purchase, construct, enlarge, or improve facilities. Examples of essential community facilities include:

  • Healthcare facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities
  • Public facilities such as town halls, courthouses, airport hangars, and street improvements
  • Community support services such as child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds, and transitional housing
  • Public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles, and equipment
  • Educational services such as museums, libraries, and private schools
  • Utility services such as telemedicine and distance learning equipment
  • Local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs, and greenhouses

USDA provides grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns with populations of up to 20,000.

Grants and loans are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, and special-purpose districts, as well as nonprofit corporations and tribal governments.

Application Steps:

Applicants may apply for one of three options: the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program, the Community Facilities Grant Program, or a combination of the two.

You can visit the USDA Rural Development website ( for information on the Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program. Contact your local USDA Rural Development office for assistance in the application process.

  1. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – Rural Health Network Development Program:

The purpose of the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (“Network Planning Program”) is to plan and develop integrated healthcare networks that collaborate to address the following legislative aims:

  • Achieve efficiencies
  • Expand access to and improve the quality of basic health care services and health outcomes
  • Strengthen the rural health care system

This program supports one year of planning and brings together members of the health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to establish and/or improve local capacity to strengthen rural community health interventions and enhance care coordination.

The Network Planning program uses the concept of developing networks as a strategy toward linking rural healthcare network members together to address local challenges and help rural stakeholders achieve greater collective capacity to overcome challenges related to limited economies of scale for individual hospitals, clinics, or other key rural healthcare stakeholders.


You can apply if your organization is in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau, and represents one or more of the following entity types:

  • Public or private, non-profit or for-profit
  • Community-based,
  • Tribal governments (governments, organizations)
  • The applicant organization may be located in a rural or urban area but must have demonstrated experience serving, or the capacity to serve, rural underserved populations, as communicated in the applicant organization’s Project Abstract section of the application, describing in detail the applicant organization’s experience and/or capacity to serve rural populations.
Application Steps:
  • Review your application thoroughly before you submit it via
  • Ensure correct spelling and calculations.
  • Adhere to page limits, font, and file-type requirements
  • Include all required documents in the order the NOFO specifies.
  • Address all the criteria against which we will score your proposal.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to submit.

Note that the standard deadline time is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. This may vary – always refer to the specific NOFO. If your application is ineligible, incomplete, non-responsive, or late, it will not undergo technical review.

  1. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federal grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The program was established under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to provide funding to state and local governments for a wide range of community development activities.

The primary goal of the CDBG Program is to improve the quality of life for low- to moderate-income individuals and communities.

CDBG-funded projects and activities are intended to primarily benefit low- and moderate-income individuals, address community development needs, and improve overall living conditions.


CDBG funds are allocated to states and local governments, which then distribute the funds to eligible communities that can benefit nursing homes.

Local governments and community organizations are typically eligible. The project should meet CDBG national objectives, such as benefiting low- and moderate-income individuals.

Application Steps:
  • States and local governments develop and submit an annual Consolidated Plan to HUD, outlining their community development priorities and proposed use of CDBG funds.
  • Grantees submit an Annual Action Plan detailing specific projects and activities to be funded during the fiscal year.
  • Grantees must ensure that their proposed projects align with the national objectives and comply with program regulations.