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2019 Call for Proposals (CFP)

Grants to Montana Nonprofits, Educational Institutions,
Agencies, and Tribes for Health and Wellness Programs

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Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF)

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Grants to Montana nonprofit organizations, tax-exempt educational institutions, and state, local, and tribal agencies for programs that address the health and well-being of State residents. Funding is intended to support activities in three focus areas: American Indian Health, Partnerships for Better Health, and Behavioral Health.

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) contributes to a measurably healthier state by supporting access to quality and affordable health services, conducting evidence-driven research and analysis, and addressing the upstream influences on health and illness. Proposals may be in the following three areas: 

  • Partnerships for Better Health - Under this CFP, the Foundation will support the planning and implementation of innovative projects that demonstrate how collaboration between hospitals, community health centers, public health departments, and other community-based organizations can yield synergistic improvements in health and more efficient use of resources. Funded projects will create new inter-agency partnerships designed to deliver more accessible and effective care; expand the use of care coordination; and strengthen efforts to prevent disease through addressing upstream risk factors such as poverty and poor-quality housing. For more information, see
  • American Indian Health - The Foundation is committed to working in partnership with Montana’s American Indian people to support healthy communities. Projects funded through this CFP will address key health and health care challenges and will address the upstream social, economic, and educational challenges that drive health disparities. Priority is placed on proposals that have a high potential for becoming financially self-sustaining.For further information, see
  • Behavioral Health - Under this CFP, the Foundation will support collaborative, systems-based solutions to behavioral health challenges in Montana. The Foundation emphasizes programs that are likely to become financially self-supporting through third-party revenue (for example, billing insurance), and through creating new partnerships between organizations that address behavioral health prevention and treatment needs by using existing resources more efficiently and effectively. For additional information, see

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178838

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants between $10,000 and $50,000 for projects implemented within a 12-month period.
- Grants up to $100,000 for projects implemented within a 24-month period.

NOTE: For projects that are in the planning phase, the Foundation will only provide grants of up to $25,000 to support business and sustainability planning. For projects that already have strong sustainability and business plans, the Foundation is offering grants of up to $100,000 for project implementation. Please do not apply for a grant over $25,000 if your project is currently in the planning phase.

Term of Contract:

Projects are to begin August 1 and are to be implemented within a 12-month period (for grants of $10,000-$50,000) or within a 24-month period (for grants of up to $100,000).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MHCF will only fund Montana-based organizations. Montana-based organizations that are eligible to apply for funding include:

- Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (excluding those classified as private foundations or any type III non-functionally integrated supporting organization under section 509(a) of the Code)
- Tax-exempt educational institutions
- State, tribal, or local government agencies

Eligible applicants may use a portion of the budget to fund consultants that may not meet these eligibility criteria. (See the FAQs listed in Pre-Application Information below for more information.)

Under rare circumstances MHCF may choose to fund organizations based outside of Montana. Such proposals must be invited by MHCF, and must include:

- A sole focus on improving the health and well-being of Montanans.
- A strong partnership with Montana-based organizations or communities.
- Substantial funding to Montana-based organizations included in the grant budget.
- A strong case for why funding for an organization outside of Montana is needed for successful completion of the project.
- All applicant organizations must be located in the United States or its territories.

For a list of what the Foundation does not fund, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

On Wednesday, September 11 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. the Foundation will be hosting a webinar that will go over the details of this grant opportunity and how to apply. Please join by registering here:

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

- Jan 17: Cycle Opens
- May 30: Proposals Due
- July 22: Funding Decision
- August 1: Projects Begin

- September 4: Cycle Opens
- October 10: Proposals Due
- November 20: Funding Decision
- December 1: Projects Begin

All grants will be awarded through a one-step application process. Organizations whose projects were not accepted for funding in the first grant cycle may not re-apply with the same project in the second cycle.

On occasion, the review process may require more time. In such cases, applicants will be notified of the status of the review by the “Funding Decision” date and will receive an updated estimate of the timeline for reaching a funding decision.

Each organization may submit up to three distinct applications under this CFP.


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

For questions, email

Kayla Talbert, MPA
Grants Administrator
Montana Healthcare Foundation
777 E. Main St., Suite 206
Bozeman, MT 59715
406 451 7060

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana