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2019 Call for Proposals (CFP)

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

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Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF)

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Grants starting at $10,000 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:

1. 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

2. 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. For further information, see

3. 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.

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.

MHCF does not fund:

- Individuals
- Capital campaigns
- Operating deficits or retirement of debt
- Construction projects, real estate acquisitions, or endowments unless part of a MHCF-invited proposal
- Fundraising events
- Organizations that discriminate because of race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or political orientation
- Lobbying as defined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC), section 4945(d)(1)
- Activities supporting political candidates or voter registration drives as defined in IRC section 4945(d)(2)
- Large equipment purchases (for example: medical equipment, vans, etc.)
- Medical research or research lacking a direct, targeted, and practical benefit to Montanans’ health
- Organizations or foundations for redistribution of funds via sub-grants

In addition, please note that MHCF funds may not be used in any way that might supplant government funding of existing programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

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

All grants will be awarded through a one-step application process offered once in 2019, with the possibility of a second opportunity in the fall.

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