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Hillman Innovations in Care (HIC) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Improve
Health Care Programs for Vulnerable Populations

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Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation

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Grants to USA nonprofits, government entities, and faith-based organizations for nursing-model programs that improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations. A letter of intent is due March 5, 2018. The populations served can include the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing quality health care services.

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation specifically seeks proposals that address the health care needs of vulnerable populations in the following areas:
- Maternal and child health
- Care of the older adult
- Chronic illness management

The Hillman Innovations in Care grants will consider support for two types of proposal:

1. The adaptation of proven, well-established nursing-driven delivery models to new settings or patient populations.

Example: A highly successful nurse home-visitation program targeting first-time mothers and their children is adapted to serve the needs of family caregivers and their elderly loved ones. After a promising preliminary pilot phase, the program is poised for expansion.

2. The expansion of emerging nursing-driven delivery models that possess evidence suggesting a strong likelihood for broad scalability.

Example: A Type 2 diabetes prevention program targeting low-income Hispanic families in Arizona shows promising outcomes after 5 years of operation. The project team that administers the program seeks to expand the intervention to similar communities in other states.

The goal of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program is to advance leading edge, nursing-driven models of care that will improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing quality health care services.

Funding is intended for bold, evidence-based, patient- and family-centered approaches that challenge conventional strategies, improve health outcomes, lower costs, and show potential for national replicability.

Priority consideration will be given to proposals that include one or more of the following:

- Engagement of patients, families, caregivers, and community organizations
- Inter-professional or multidisciplinary collaboration
- Institutional and community partnerships
- Provision of care in non-hospital settings
- Measurable goals and outcomes

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179957

Number of Grants:

Two multi-year HIC grants are awarded annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The program will award grants of up to $600,000 each over a 36-month period.

Term of Contract:

Projects are expected to begin January 1, 2019, and end December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- USA 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are not classified as private foundations. (The Foundation will consider only organizations that can provide proof of qualifying non-profit status, including a tax-exempt determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service.)
- International organizations that are the equivalent of U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations that are submitting a project that focuses within the United States
- Government entities
- Faith-based organizations that welcome and serve all members of the community, regardless of religious belief

Not eligible:
- Individuals
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status

Not considered:
- White papers, literature reviews, or support for publishing
- Basic science or research
- Development of stand-alone technology including medical devices and mobile apps not integral to the overall design of the program
- Capital projects or improvements
- Projects outside the United States and its territories

Pre-proposal Conference:

A link to register for the February 13 informational webinar will be available in the coming weeks.

Pre-Application Information:

2018 HIC Application Schedule

- Jan 22: Request for Proposals (RFP) Announced
- Jan 29: RAHF Grant Portal Opens
- Feb 13: Informational Webinar
- Mar 5: Applications due
- Apr 16: Applicants invited for full proposal
- Jun 4: Full proposals due
- Nov 5: Awards announced

Schedule and dates are subject to change.


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

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming