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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits, Agencies, and Public Entities
to Enhance Health Access for Minority Communities

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Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health)

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Grants typically starting at $25,000 to Connecticut nonprofits, agencies, and public entities to improve access to health care and enhance health care services, with an emphasis on minorities and underserved communities. Applicants must submit concept papers prior to submitting a full application.

Grants can be made to support indirect costs, commonly referred to as overhead expenses, of up to 15 percent of the total budget. These funds can support supervisory oversight of the project, fiscal management, facility maintenance, and other administrative expenses necessary for the organization to implement the project.

Applicants may use the following questions to determine the eligibility of an unsolicited proposal:

  1. Does it align with one of the Foundation’s priority areas? 
    • Health care coverage and access
    • Delivery system and payment reform
    • Integration of community and clinical care
    • Health equity advocacy and diverse leadership
  2. Is it focused on advancing health equity? Explain how your project aligns with the Foundation’s definition of health equity – which focuses on racial and ethnic minorities and people from underserved communities. 
  3. Is it systems change? Explain how your project will help to transform the health care system or policies that impact people of color in Connecticut. 
  4. Is it realistic? Explain how you plan to measure your impact and success, what your timeline is, and how feasible the project is.
  5. Is it sustainable? Explain what you expect to happen after the grant is done. Is your work something that can be sustained after the grant, and if so, how will that happen?
  6. Does your organization reflect a commitment to diversity? The Connecticut Health Foundation is committed to serving communities of color, and it is important that the organizations it works with also reflect the communities it aims to serve. Does your organization have an explicit commitment to diversity? Is it reflected in the makeup of your staff and board?

 In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and crisis, the Connecticut Health Foundation has temporarily shifted the focus of the President’s Discretionary fund. The foundation will only accept proposals that (1) address the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 crisis on communities of color in Connecticut, or (2) bridge funding for nonprofits as they await federal or state financial assistance. The foundation will revise the criteria as the situation warrants.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183853

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards typically range from $25,000 to $100,000. Higher amounts may be awarded to ideas with the potential for the highest impact.

Term of Contract:

Projects are typically funded for 12 months.

1st quarter 2020 grants: /1/2020 – 3/31/2021
2nd quarter 2020 grants: 7/1/2020-6/30/2021
3rd quarter 2020 grants: 10/1/2020-9/30/2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, an organization must meet one of the following criteria:
- Has IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
- Is a state or municipal public agency
- Is a public entity, such as a health department, university, or social service program
- Is a coalition, advocacy group or collaborative with a responsible fiscal agent that has 501(c)(3) status

Not funded:
- Grants to individuals
- Direct services
- Funding for clinical research
- Capital projects, endowments, or chairs associated with universities and medical schools
- Projects that do not benefit Connecticut residents
- Funding for legislative lobbying efforts or political campaigns
- Indirect costs for discretionary grants or for general operating support grants

Pre-Application Information:

All concept papers must be submitted electronically through the Foundation’s grantee portal. After submitting your concept paper, you may be invited to submit a full proposal. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the Foundation’s grantee portal.

1st quarter 2020 timeline:
- Concept papers due: 11/1/2019
- Proposals due: 12/15/2019
- Grantee notification: End of March 2020
- Grant cycle year: 4/1/2020-3/31/2021

2nd quarter 2020 timeline:
- Concept papers due: 2/1/2020
- Proposals due: 3/15/2020
- Grantee notification: End of June 2020
- Grant cycle year: 7/1/2020-6/30/2021

3rd quarter 2020 timeline:
- Concept papers due: 5/1/2020
- Proposals due: 6/15/2020
- Grantee notification: End of Sept. 2020
- Grant cycle year: 10/1/2020-9/30/2021

4th quarter 2020 timeline:
- Concept papers due: 8/1/2020
- Proposals due: 9/15/2020
- Grantee notification: End of Dec. 2020
- Grant cycle year: 1/1/2021-12/31/2022

If you have a health equity-related project and are interested in applying for a grant, you must first schedule a call with the program officers.

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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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Schedule a grant inquiry call:

If you have an idea you would like the foundation to consider funding in 2021, please email Garrick Wong, director of grantmaking, at

For questions, contact:

Connecticut Health Foundation
100 Pearl Street
CT 06103
P: 860-724-1580
F: 860-724-1589

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