The following funding parameters are intended as general guidelines. We encourage prospective grantees to talk about their projects with our staff if you have questions about eligibility for funding.

Who may apply:

Not-for-profit organizations that:

  • Can show proof that the Internal Revenue Service currently recognizes them as a 501(c)(3).
  • Are able to produce audited financial statements.
  • Propose a program that falls within our three strategic areas of focus: Prevention, Health Care Delivery or Neighborhood Health Status Improvement (Note: Proposals for Childhood Healthy Weight and Neighborhood Health Status Improvement are often by invitation.)
  • Operate within Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, or Yates counties.
  • Can demonstrate financial need.

Allowable costs include the following:

  1. Capital costs or equipment purchases will be evaluated for the program components, based upon the evaluation metrics set forth in the requests for proposals (RFPs).
  2. Indirect costs that are integral to the infrastructure of the organization and necessary to ensure a viable organization, but are not directly related to the grant may be considered for funding. This could include rent, utilities, wages for administrative staff, office supplies, telephone service, and equipment. The Health Foundation will consider paying indirect costs up to 15 percent of the total grant’s direct costs.

Available Funds. We typically receive more requests for funding than we have money to fulfill. The amount of funds being requested should be appropriate for the number of people to be served and the measurable outcomes you intend to achieve over the length of time you propose, usually one to three years. The amount of money available each year depends upon the return we receive on our investments.

Smaller grants are sometimes available, as funds permit, in addition to our scheduled cycles for major grants in our three areas of focus: Prevention, Health Care Delivery and Neighborhood Health Status Improvement. Funds are not intended for capital equipment or fund-raising campaigns. Organizations that would like to speak with us about the possibility of such a grant are invited to speak with a senior program officer in that area of focus, or the CEO.

Collaboration. It is not necessary that an applicant seeks partners for the sake of an application for funding. However, if it is a natural or legal alliance or partnership that enhances the applicant’s abilities to meet their objectives, it is preferable that the applicant secure letters of intent or memorandums of understanding from such partners prior to submission of a proposal.

Endowment Campaigns and Fundraising Activities. The Health Foundation does not fund endowment campaigns and, as a general rule, we do not support fundraising events.

Evaluation. We frequently build formal evaluations into our grant process to measure the impact of programs at the conclusion of a grant.

Matching Funds. We will seriously consider providing funds to help an organization secure matching funds from another source if the project falls within our strategic areas of focus and other criteria are met.

Partnership Documentation. If you will be working with a partner on a proposed project, please provide clear documentation on the roles and commitment of each organization.

Pilot Projects. We encourage well-thought-out pilot projects, as well as projects that have achieved evidence-based status in other communities for pilot implementation in our community.

Research. We do not fund clinical trials or research projects.

Sustainability. Program sustainability is an important consideration in the review process so that projects that meet or exceed their objectives have a reasonable chance of continuing after the conclusion of the Health Foundation grant. Health Foundation funds are not intended to be a sustainable source of funding for a program or activity. Indicate how you will maintain a successful program after your grant has concluded.

As a general rule we do not fund projects that seek to make up the difference between allowable and actual costs, for example, the difference between the Medicaid reimbursement rate and actual costs of patient care.

Technical Support for applicants and grantees is available Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Contact IT –  or (585)258-1740