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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits to Increase Access to Health Care for People of Color


Geographic Focus

USA: Connecticut

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Diverse Advocacy and Consumer Engagement in Health Reform

Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #158566

Grant Description

Grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 to Connecticut nonprofits to help more people gain access to better care, including physical, mental, and oral health care, especially for people of color. Funding is intended to increase the diversity of consumers participating in health reform engagement and advocacy.

Including the voices of consumers of color in health reform means that:

- The needs, values, and preferences of consumers that experience health inequities will be represented and reflected in opportunities to change the health care system
- Leaders of color will become even more effective messengers for health equity in health reform
- Bridges between health care systems and consumers of color will be built or strengthened

Applicants and proposed projects must meet at least one of the following objectives that support the Foundation’s strategic goal to leverage opportunities to advance health equity in reforming health care:

1. Advocate for health insurance coverage and navigation support systems that will maintain and increase coverage, and improve access to care.

2. Advocate for increased and improved collection, stratification, reporting, and use of race, ethnicity and language (REL) data from existing commercial and public data systems (e.g. All Payers Claims Database, Access Health Connecticut, Medicaid, commercial carriers, state agencies, etc.) to identify and address inequities.

3. Commission high quality, credible policy analysis and use findings to do two or more of the following:

- Increase the knowledge base about a health issue amenable to policy solutions
- Evaluate outcomes or impact of current or future health policy
- Stimulate public debate about a health policy issue to raise its profile on the public agenda
- Equip advocates
- Provide decision support to decision-makers

Additionally, applicants must target one or more health systems important to health reform for advocacy and consumer engagement. The most competitive applications will be able to demonstrate one or more existing relationships, but CT Health is committed to helping grantees establish connections as well. Examples include, but are not limited to:

- Access Health CT (Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace)
- State Innovation Model Plan (Process to transform the way health care is delivered in the state)
- Department of Social Services (HUSKY/Medicaid)
- No Wrong Door (A system that will allow consumers to apply for health insurance through different mechanisms and agencies, and then seamlessly routes them to the health insurance program for which they qualify)
- Accountable Care Organizations (a health care provider system)

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization must meet two or more of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this funding:

- Nonprofit is led (e.g., executive director, CEO) by a person of color; and/or
- Nonprofit is governed by a board composed of a majority (51%+) of people of color; and/or
- Nonprofit serves populations/communities of color

Organizations must also be:

- 501(c)(3) organizations to be eligible for this funding.
- Willing and able to receive technical assistance and capacity-building support.

CT Health defines a person of color (PoC) as someone who identifies as being from one or more of the following racial and ethnic backgrounds:

- African-American/Black
- Hispanic/Latino
- Asian or Pacific Islander
- Native American

Grant funds can be used to educate and inform, but cannot be used to support lobbying activities, direct calls to action, or support specific candidates.

Note: Grant funds can be used to educate and inform, but cannot be used to support lobbying activities, direct calls to action, or support specific candidates.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to access the RFP.

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: July 10, 2017 – 5:00 PM
Notification of Successful Grant Award: September 29, 2017
Grant Period: October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018


By the proposal deadline, please email the proposal and the attachments as two separate PDF or MS Word documents:

Section 1: Proposal and the Checklist
Section 2: Attachments

In the email subject line, please type: RFP Grant Proposal Submission – (Name of your organization). Only applications submitted by email will be accepted. Do not mail or fax a printed version.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

CT Health anticipates funding 2 to 4 grant requests.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$25,000 - $50,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period is October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018

Contact Information:

Submit the application and attachments via email to

Contact Garrick Wong, Senior Program Officer, at or at 860-724-1580 with any questions about the RFP.

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