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Grants for Nonprofits : Health


A compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to health. It also contains information about funders who provide assistance to individuals coping with catastrophic health problems.

General Health Funding Sources Websites

Also see Grants for Individuals : Medicine, focusing primarily on financial aid or research support.

Medical schools and hospitals may also want to investigate U.S. government funding, particularly from agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Aetna Foundation: Cultivating Healthy Communities
Dedicated to promoting wellness, health, and access to high-quality healthcare for everyone. The Foundation's Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program is intended to help local communities in the continental U. S. to become healthier places to live, with emphasis on projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribes committed to improving the health of their participants by focusing on activities that align to one or two of the following five domains: Healthy Behaviors, Community Safety, Built Environment, Social/Economic Factors, and Environmental Exposures. Applicants can request between $50,000 and $100,000 for projects lasting between 18 and 24 months. Organizations with annual operating budgets below $250,000 are not eligible to apply. The Stage 1 application deadline is April 14, 2017; Stage 2 applications are due June 16, 2017. Visit the Foundation's website to download the request for proposals.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

America's Best Charities
Provides an interesting collection of medically-oriented operating foundations and agencies (among other focus areas) that conduct research on diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and glaucoma -- just to name a few. And it's still growing. So medical colleges and hospitals may want to periodically visit this site.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
This organization shares resources geared toward fundraising professionals in the health care field which may help them identify ideas as well as sources for additional funding.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Association of American Medical Colleges
Grants and Awards Received by the AAMC
Provides a list of recent grants received by AAMC members.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Association of American Medical Colleges
Group on Educational Affairs (GEA)
Strives to advance medical education and medical educators through faculty development, curriculum development, educational research, and assessment in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation
Deadline : February 28
Applications for grants of at least $150,000 each through the Connections for Cardiovascular Health program administered by the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. Grants will support nonprofit organizations working to improve cardiovascular health in their communities. Who may apply: organizations classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, public schools, government agencies, or municipal institutions that are eligible to accept tax-deductible, charitable contributions. For more information, send an email to connectionsforcardiovascularhealth@astrazeneca.com
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
More than $1 million is available annually for grants to Michigan-based researchers at academic, health service delivery and community nonprofit organizations. The BCBSM Foundation has developed grant programs that support research, foster community solutions to critical health care problems, acknowledge excellence in research and support medical and doctoral students interested in health care. The web site features a copy of the latest annual report, application forms, and information about individual award programs. Sample special opportunities include:
(1) Investigator-Initiated Program
(2) Community Health Matching Grants
(3) Physician-Investigator Research Award
(4) Proposal Development Award
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Community Health Matching Program
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of Michigan residents through the support of research and innovative programs. The Foundation's Community Health Matching Program supports nonprofit community organizations throughout the state that develop, use, and evaluate new ways to solve community health problems. Matching grants of up to $25,000 are available for programs that help increase access to healthcare, address critical public health issues, improve the quality of care, or enhance efficiency. Requests are accepted throughout the year; however, they should be submitted at least five months before the funds are needed. Visit the Foundation's website to download the program's brochure and application guidelines.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
Proposal Development Awards Program
To help give life to community-based health care programs, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation has allocated $35,000 for a Proposal Development Awards program that will contribute up to $3,500 per award to help Michigan-based nonprofit community organizations get the resources they need to develop grant proposals. The awards can be used to obtain grant writing resources including technical assistance, freelance proposal writers and related proposal development costs. Awards are not intended to support any type of project activity or to supplement operational expenses.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
At the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, we promote health equity and seek to improve the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by serious diseases by strengthening healthcare worker capacity, integrating medical care and community-based supportive services, and mobilizing communities in the fight against disease.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan
A statewide organization which provides information, financial assistance, and emotional support to families of adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and other related blood disorders. Until there's a cure, CLF is here to help families overcome the challenges these conditions present. The financial assistance program offers up to $1,000 per fiscal year toward treatment costs for patients with little or no insurance, prescription costs for patients with little or no insurance, travel to and from treatment centers, wigs and head-coverings. Also offers a Special Needs Fund - up to $500 (separate from the $1,000 above) to cover the expenses that fall through the cracks of traditional financial aid programs (e.g. lodging, rent/mortgage, auto repairs, child care, etc.).
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Commonwealth Fund
The Commonwealth Fund awards grants for projects in its four major program areas:
(1) International Health Care Policy and Practice
(2) Improving the Quality of Health Care Services
(3) Improving Insurance Coverage and Access to Care, and
(4)Improving Public Spaces and Services.
The Commonwealth Fund also sponsors and/or administers four fellowship programs:
(1)The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy
(2) Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy
(3) Ian Axford Fellowships in Public Policy, and provides partial funding for the
(4) Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Research.
Some of the fellowships are designed to allow junior health policy researchers or practitioners from the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand to conduct research or seek training in the United States. The Ian Axford Fellowship allows researchers from the U.S. to travel to New Zealand.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals--International Travel and Study Abroad.
(Last revised 06/22/18)

Delta Dental Foundation
Brighter Futures Community Grants
Deadline : September 15
Each year, the Delta Dental Foundation provides financial support through its Brighter Futures Community Grant program to various community organizations and programs which promote/provide oral health care for children and/or adults. Brighter Futures grants are limited to a maximum of $5,000 per grant. Grants must be dedicated to local not-for-profit programs designed to promote oral health in Michigan, Indiana, and/or Ohio.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Emory University
Rollins School of Public Health
Grant Forward
Emory University is one of many universities that provides access to Grant Forward for its community. The Link offers a limited sample search..
(Last revised 05/18/15)

Federal Funding Opportunities for Food and Nutrition Posted on Grants.gov
Lists some of the most recent grant programs available.
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Federal Funding Opportunities for Health Posted on Grants.gov
Lists some of the most recent grant programs available.
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Federal Funding Tools and Information Sources
Provides web links to federal databases, newsletters, and websites.
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Financial Aid for Eye Care
Many state and national resources regularly provide aid to people with vision problems. The National Eye Institute, which supports eye research, does not help individuals pay for eye care. However, it does provide this directory of possible program assistance, including:
(1) EyeCare America, a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), provides free and low-cost eye exams for qualified U.S. citizens 65 and over who do have access to an ophthalmologist in the past three years. Telephone: 1-800-222-EYES (3937). Website: http://eyecareamerica.org/eyecare/public
(2) VISION USA, coordinated by the American Optometric Association (AOA), provides free eye care to uninsured, low-income workers and their families. Screening for the program takes place only during January of each year, with exams provided later in the year. Telephone: 1-800-766-4466
(3) Lions Clubs International provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through local clubs. There are Lions Clubs in most localities, and services vary from club to club. Check your telephone book for the telephone number and address of your local club. The telephone number for the national office is (630) 571-5466
(4) Mission Cataract USA, coordinated by the Volunteer Eye Surgeons' Association, is a program providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no other means to pay. Surgeries are scheduled annually on one day, usually in May. Telephone: 1-800-343-7265
(5) InfantSEE is a public health program designed to ensure early detection of eye conditions in babies. Member optometrists provide a comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage. Telephone: 1-888-396-3937. Website: http://www.infantsee.org
(6) Sight for Students, a Vision Service Plan (VSP) program in partnership with The Entertainment Industry Foundation, provides eye exams and glasses to children 18 years and younger whose families cannot afford vision care. Telephone: 1-888-290-4964. Website: http://www.sightforstudents.org/
(7) New Eyes for the Needy provides vouchers for the purchase of new prescription eyeglasses. Mailing address: 549 Millburn Avenue, P.O. Box 332, Short Hills, NJ 07078-0332. Telephone: (973) 376-4903
(8) NeedyMeds offers a database of medications that can be obtained free or at low cost by uninsured, low income patients, usually through manufacturer programs. Website: http://www.needymeds.org
(9) Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs; it is funded by pharmaceutical companies. Telephone: 1-888-477-2669. Website: https://www.pparx.org
(10) Patient Access Network helps eligible underinsured patients afford the copayments for pharmaceutical treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Telephone: 1-866-316-7263. Website: http://www.panfoundation.org
(11) RX Assist provides consumer information, resources, news and a directory of patient assistance programs that offer affordable or free medications. Telephone: 401-729-3284. Website: http://rxassist.org
Last reviewed March 2013.
Also listed under Disabled.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Funders for Reproductive Equity
The Funders Network is a network of grantmakers who address issues of population, reproductive health, rights and justice, both domestically and internationally. Its members share a common goal: to ensure that all people have access to the information and services they need to manage their own fertility and protect and promote their sexual and reproductive health. To that end, the Funders Network seeks to improve communication, foster collaboration, increase resources and enhance the overall effectiveness of grantmakers in this field.Members have access to a searchable web-based database/directory of of grantmakers, bulletin, listserv, etc.
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Fundsnet Health Wellness and Research Grants
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Fundsnet HIV Prevention Grants
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Gates Foundation (Bill and Melinda)
Bill and Melinda Gates hope to make an enduring contribution toward increasing access to innovations in education, technology, and global health. More than seventeen billion dollars in endowments have been set aside for these causes.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Northwest Michigan Osteopathic Endowment
The fund's income supports physician education and other innovative health education, research and treatment programs that respond to community health needs. It also includes memorial grants to honor osteopathic physician John P. Wood
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Grant Makers In Health (GIH)
While GIH's mission is to support foundations and corporate giving programs, grantseekers can browse reports and bulletins to keep abreast of health funding trends.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Grants.gov : Current Federal Funding Opportunities for Food and Nutrition
Lists some of the most recently announced grants for health.
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Grants.gov : Current Federal Funding Opportunities for Health Issues
Lists some of the most recently announced grants for health.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Health Grants Available through the State of Michigan
Type in health and see what turns up.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Health RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest
Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker's Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals - Medicine
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Hill-Burton Free and Reduced-Cost Medical Care
In 1946, Congress passed a law that gave hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities grants and loans for construction and modernization. In return, they agreed to provide a reasonable volume of services to persons unable to pay and to make their services available to all persons residing in the facility's area. The program stopped providing funds in 1997, but about 300 health care facilities nationwide are still obligated to provide free or reduced-cost care.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits - Social Services.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Initiative
Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program, in partnership with the National Council of La Raza and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is pleased to announce a grant-funding opportunity for non-profit, community-based, health care organizations. The goal of the program is to assist community-based, nonprofit organizations whose primary goal is to provide creative and effective access to quality health care for the medically underserved.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
Dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals. Program priorities include:

(Last checked 06/22/18)

Keck Foundation
The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. Historically, grants range from $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less.
(Last revised 06/22/18)

Lions Clubs International
Each year Lions Clubs around the country provide 600,000 free professional glaucoma screenings, perform 25,000 cornea transplants, collect over 3 million pairs of glasses, and provide thousands with free quality eye care. Services are provided based on need, and programs and services can be developed according to specific community needs. Lions Clubs conduct Hometown Day that brings people to Lenscrafters for eye exams and eyeglasses free of charge. Consult your telephone directory for a Lions Club in your area or contact: Lions Club International, 300 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523; Telephone: 630-571-5466; Fax: 630-571-5735.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Medical Research RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center PND Digest
Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker's Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals - Medicine
(Last checked 06/22/18)

The Medicine Program
Free prescription medicine is available to any US citizen, of any age, who lacks insurance or has met their insurance limit. The Medicine Program was established to help patients who cannot afford necessary prescription drugs. You must be able to demonstrate your financial need. Contact The Medicine Program, P.O. Box 515, Doniphan, MO 63935; Telephone: 573-996-7300
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Mental Health RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest
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National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA)
Grants Program
NEMA awards grants in accordance with its mission of preventing injury and illness by addressing health and social issues through education, applied research, and equipment. Through our special programs, the National Heart Council and the National Stroke Council, grants provide essential funding to hospitals, health clinics, trauma centers, fire departments, and physicians. Awards go to small, under-funded rural organizations as well as to well-established entities. Support for a wide variety of trauma prevention and emergency medical services for individuals of all ages is provided each year to deserving organizations throughout the US.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

National Prevention Information Network (NPIN)
In addition to providing links to many service providers, also provides a cumulative list of funding opportunities in areas of concern.
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The Pollination Project Foundation
The Pollination Project makes seed grants of $1,000 each to social entrepreneurs with a practical vision for doing good in the world. The organizations will make one grant every day for a year for projects in the environment, justice, human rights, arts and culture, animal rights and welfare, and community health and wellness. Grants will not support established organizations or corporations; grantees' time or services; projects that have already raised over $10,000 since inception; scholarships and training fees; and projects where the primary benefit is to the grantee or to any one individual.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports research and programs throughout the nation which are working to build a Culture of Health.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Rural Health Information Hub
Grant Funding Resources
Identifies both government and non-government funding sources for rural health facilities.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need. All in one place.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Shriners of North America
Support Shriners Hospitals for Children around the country that provide expert, no-cost orthopaedic and burn care to children under 18. For more information, contact Shriners Hospitals, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa, FL 33631; Telephone: 800-237-5055.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Small World Foundation
SWF is dedicated to providing reconstructive surgery and medical aid throughout the developing world for children and adults who have no access to proper health care or resources for treatment.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

The Smile Train
Treatment Grants are one-time grants for medical professionals, hospitals, and organizations that provide treatment for poor children with clefts in developing countries, but who may not meet the requirements to become a treatment partner. These grants are designed to supplement care for children who would not otherwise receive help through free treatment (i.e. surgery, orthodontia, speech therapy), improving the quality of treatment or providing for related expenses such as equipment, outreach programs, and patient travel. The grants may also be designated for a specific project or need that help poor children with cleft lip and palate.
The Smile Train provides Education and Training Grants for doctors, hospitals and medical schools to develop and deliver advanced in-country cleft lip and palate teaching and education programs. These programs are made available to doctors, nurses, and medical professionals who could not otherwise afford them.
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Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund
The goal of the Stemmler Fund, established in 1995, is to provide support for research or development of innovative assessment approaches that will enhance the evaluation of those preparing to, or continuing to, practice medicine. Expected outcomes include advances in the theory, knowledge, or practice of assessment at any point along the continuum of medical education, from undergraduate and graduate education and training, through practice. Pilot and more comprehensive projects are both of interest. Collaborative investigations within or among institutions are eligible, particularly as they strengthen the likelihood of the project's contribution and success. Visit the website for application information and a list of grants awarded. Sponsored by the National Board of Medical Examiners.
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Substance Abuse RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest
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Susan G. Komen Michigan
The promise of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for everyone, and energizing science to find the cure. Up to 75% of the funds raised by the Affiliate are used to fund local non-duplicative, community-based breast health education, breast screening and breast cancer survivorship programs for medically underserved and low income women. The Affiliate contributes 25% of funds raised locally to support the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.
(Last checked 06/22/18)

Texas Department of State Health Services
Funding Information Center
Funding Alert Grant Database
In addition to providing a database of possible funding opportunities, also provides an audio copy of a proposal writing session.
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Texas Department of State Health Services
Funding Information Center
Grant Tips and News
Provides a weekly current awareness service.
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Top 50 Foundation Center 1000 Foundations Awarding Grants to Recipients in Michigan, 2012
Source: Foundation Stats, 2014, courtesy of the Foundation Center.
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Top 50 FC 1000 Foundations Awarding Grants to Recipients in Michigan, for People with AIDS, 2012
Source: Foundation Stats, 2014, courtesy of the Foundation Center.
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Top 50 FC 1000 Foundations Awarding Grants to Recipients in Michigan, for People with Terminal Illness, 2012
Source: Foundation Stats, 2014, courtesy of the Foundation Center.
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