Our Grantmaking Process

Learn more about how our grantmaking process works, check out new funding opportunities and find out how to send us your requests.

How our Grantmaking Process Works

Wondering how your organization can get grant funding? We receive a majority of requests for funding through programs we design with input from our local communities and a formal Request for Proposals process. But because we value hearing from and being responsive to our community partners outside of this process, we also consider a limited number of unsolicited requests.

While we are always open to hearing about new approaches and initiatives, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind as you prepare your proposal. Namely, your project should be in line with the Foundation’s mission, vision and values, and support one or more of our three focus areas:

Once received, our team will thoroughly review your request for funding to support your project.

As a reminder, submitting a grant request does not guarantee funding.

Inquire About Funding

To inquire about funding, please fill out this form to tell us more about your project and your organization. 

Before submitting your inquiry, take a moment to review our focus areas and programs to learn more about our current work and grant funding.

Please keep in mind that the Health Foundation does not fund the following:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Building or capital projects
  • Drug development
  • Direct donations or grants to individuals

Grant requests are typically reviewed during the first week of each month.

After staff completes their initial review of your request, someone may follow up with you to ask for additional information.  The time frame for consideration of funding requests varies depending on the size and scope of the proposal.

Our staff will communicate with you throughout the process.

As a reminder, submitting a grant request does not guarantee funding.

Recent Requests for Proposals

The Health Foundation has partnered with the Brookdale Foundation Group to launch two new caregiver funding opportunities across Western and Central New York!
Agencies that provide caregiving support for people with early memory loss, or agencies that provide supportive services to relative caregivers are encouraged to apply for these two new initiatives.
These new opportunities are offered through the Health Foundation,as are part of two national grant initiatives established through the Brookdale Foundation Group over 20 years ago.
The caregiving funding opportunities are the National Group Respite Program and the Relatives as Parents Program.  A total of ten (10) organizations in WNY and CNY will receive funding for two-years for one of these two programs. The grants are $10,000 for the first year with an opportunity for a second tier grant of $5,000.
National Group Respite Program
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and related dementias have a devastating impact on both people with the disease and their caregivers. AD can lead to premature institutionalization, along with emotional, physical and financial hardship. The Health Foundation will award seed grants to service providers that plan to offer new, dementia-specific Group Respite or specialized Early Memory Loss (EML) programming to participants, along with support to caregivers, in order to help individuals remain in their communities.
The National Group Respite program and the specialized Early Memory Loss Program are both community-based, social model day programs that provide dementia-specific group activities for participants and respite for family caregivers and carepartners.
Proposals for the National Group Respite program are due Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
To download guidelines for the National Group Respite program in pdf format, click here.
To download guidelines for the National Group Respite program in word format, click here.
To download the proposal for the National Group Respite program in pdf format, click here.
To download the proposal for the National Group Respite program in word format, click here.
Relatives As Parents Program
The Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) aims to develop or expand services for grandparents or other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting when the biological parents are unable to do so.
Goals of the Relatives as Parents programs are to provide supportive services to relative caregivers and the children they are raising; start new or expand current services in response to caregiver and family needs; provide services and assistance to relative caregivers and the children in their care; establish collaboration with community organizations and other service systems; initiate programs that have assurance of continuity beyond the two-year grant period; and create replicable models of cost-effective, quality services across the region.
Proposals for the Relatives as Parents program are due Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
To download guidelines for the Relatives as Parents program in pdf format, click here.
To download guidelines for the Relatives as Parents program in word format, click here.
To download the proposal for the Relatives as Parents program in pdf format, click here.
To download the proposal for the Relatives as Parents program in word format, click here.

 

For any questions about these two programs, please contact our caregiver program officer, Ken Genewick, at kgenewick@hfwcny.org