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Reimagining Approaches to Improve Access to Care

Grants to Missouri Nonprofits and Agencies for Innovative
Approaches to Improving Health Care Systems and Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH)

Deadline Date:

12/03/17 Midnight Central Time


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Grants to Missouri nonprofit and governmental entities for innovative approaches to improving health care delivery, systems, and services in eligible regions. Organizations should be able to demonstrate how their proposal will enhance residents' access to adequate health care, especially for the most vulnerable populations.

MFH strongly encourages organizations to look beyond traditional mechanisms or settings for health care delivery, to partner with other organizations in a supportive network, and aim to help people better utilize safety net services. Organizations should be able to demonstrate how their project will impact direct access to care, either through alternative points of service or navigation of services.

Organizations are encouraged to work with diverse and non-traditional partners, coalitions, or networks to address barriers to care.

Through this funding, the Foundation expects to learn, together with grantees, about what may or may not work relative to:

- Identifying and addressing the elements (i.e., Five A’s of Access) that impact access to care for their target community
- Helping vulnerable Missourians access needed services and successfully navigate the health care system at each stage of care
- Designing and implementing a strategy to reimagine and/or adapt existing systems, services, and networks, in light of potential changes in the health care landscape
- Utilizing non-traditional settings or innovative methods or applications
- Building a shared knowledge base collaboratively with other MFH grantees and relevant stakeholders while enhancing access to care.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182252

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

There are no minimum or maximum amounts of funding.

Term of Contract:

The project may cover up to 48 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be nonprofit or governmental entities and meet the following general MFH funding guidelines:

- Nonprofit corporations that are exempt from Federal income tax under provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Organizations may call 1.877.829.5500 for a copy of the IRS tax determination letter for their organization.
- State or local government agencies, provided MFH is assured that its support will not supplant existing funding for activities for which MFH support is requested and that the recipient governmental agency assumes an increasing portion of the cost of such projects over the period of MFH support.
- Applicants that are registered to conduct business in the state of Missouri and classified by the state as being in good standing. Applicants not in good standing will not be considered for funding. An organization can check its standing with the state of Missouri through the Secretary of State by clicking here:
- To be eligible for support, applicants and the majority of the target population served must be located within the MFH service area, which includes 84 counties and the city of St. Louis.

Applicants may apply with a fiscal agent. Any 501(c)(3) organization that is in good standing with the state of Missouri can act as a fiscal agent for another agency or organization with the following characteristics:

- Nonprofit agency or organization without a 501(c)(3) designation;
- Start-up organization without a stable financial track record;
- Small organization wanting to significantly increase its financial capacity; or
- Community coalition. Note: As fiscal agent for a coalition, the fiscal agent organization must be an active member of the coalition and involved with the project, i.e. not just providing grant accounting services.

MFH will not fund the following types of activities and expenses:
- Basic biomedical research not part of a MFH-defined grant program
- Capital campaigns
- Direct support of an individual’s medical care, education or training
- Endowment building or development campaigns
- Existing deficits incurred outside any MFH-funded project
- Lobbying of any kind directly supported by MFH grant funds
- Ongoing general operating expenses of established programs
- Purchase of health insurance for individuals or groups (other than as a part of employee fringe benefits on approved projects)
- Real estate acquisition
- Religious efforts
- Research on drug therapies or devices
- Restoration of funding cuts by government or other organizations

In awarding grants, MFH will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. As part of the grant process, all grantees will be required to affirm that, in providing services funded in whole or in part by a MFH grant, the grantee will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status either in its employment practices or in its policies and procedures concerning access to services.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Pre-application Webinar took place on October 12, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. View a recording of the webinar at the page linked below in URL for Full Text.

Pre-Application Information:

The RFA will be available beginning October 9, 2017. Applications are submitted through an online system which will be available starting on November 6, 2017. Applications must be received by December 3, 2017, at midnight (Central Time).

Applicants are encouraged to review the RFA and may begin the application writing process as soon as the RFA is released, but will not be able to submit until the online system is open. Please plan accordingly and submit your application well before the deadline as MFH cannot accept late applications.


General guidelines:

Grantee resources:

Open Date: October 9, 2017
Close Date: December 3, 2017
Anticipated Award Date: May 1, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions about the goals or content of the RFA please contact:
Jessi LaRose, Health Policy Officer
(314) 345-5535

Terry Plain, Program Officer
(314) 345-5542

For questions related to the budget:
Frank Rybak, Grants Manager
(314) 345-5561

For questions on the online application system:
Jenny Minelli, Program Assistant
(314) 345-5531

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Missouri: See the link in Grant Coverage Areas for eligible regions.