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Health

We help build equity-focused systems of health that create opportunities for all people to achieve well-being.

Health Funding Opportunities

About the Health Program

Everyone deserves the opportunity to have a healthy life, regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or income.

To ensure everyone has that opportunity, and to create healthier communities where we all can thrive, we focus on building equity-focused systems of health. We champion community-led solutions, working closely with our partners to make sure that people with low incomes in America’s cities have access to safe, affordable housing, fresh food, clean air, primary care and economic opportunities.

We aim to influence the practices and investments of health care institutions, and advance policies and develop dynamic leaders with the ability to transform systems. We work across sectors to support partnerships between health organizations, human services agencies and other nonprofits that advance social and economic mobility and improve the health and well-being of people and communities.

Communities across the U.S. have the expertise and experience to design solutions that change systems, services and practices to achieve equitable outcomes. By tapping into their expertise, we can change how we think about what is possible and build a new system of health for all of us.

Funding for the Health Program

We use a full array of funding and investment tools to foster change, including project grants, operating support, planning grants and program-related investments. Program-related investments may take the form of direct loans, guarantees that provide credit support to borrowers, or linked deposits.

Grant opportunities are listed on the Current Funding Opportunities page. We often invite applications from individual organizations and use a request-for-proposals process to fund specific efforts.

As we evaluate proposals, we look for efforts that represent community priorities, build community leadership and power, facilitate cross-sector partnerships, promote population health, employ effective communications strategies and adopt an explicit equity lens.


How to Apply

Health Grants Made

Health Social Investments Made

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