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Hillman Emergent Innovation Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Faith-Based Organizations
to Address the Health Needs of Vulnerable Populations

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Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation

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Grants of $50,000 to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and faith-based organizations for projects that address the health needs of vulnerable populations. Applicants must submit a proposal prior to submitting a full application. Funding is specifically intended to address the health needs of populations such as the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, people experiencing homelessness, rural populations, and others. Funding is also intended for creative, early-stage (untested or minimal-evidence) innovations that target health and health care problems in new ways.

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

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

Allowable Costs:

Grant funds may be used for the following cost categories:

  1. Personnel
  2. Travel
  3. Consultants
  4. Direct Supplies
  5. Equipment: Please note, partial or full support for equipment may be requested. Funding for infrastructure will be limited.
  6. Other Research Costs
  7. Sub-grants/ Subcontracts
  8. Indirect costs: Please note, the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation will provide a limited amount of indirect costs, based on the nature of the applicant organization, to a maximum of 15% of direct costs of the grantee’s administered grant value (Items 1–7 outlined above). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189179

Number of Grants:

The program will award up to five grants.

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Term of Contract:

The Program provides 12-18 month awards. Projects are expected to begin January 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is eligible?
- U.S. 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

The Foundation welcomes applications from a broad range of institutions, care settings and practitioners (including postdocs, adjunct faculty and interdisciplinary faculty). The Foundation believes that transformative ideas are as likely to come from small community care settings as they are from major academic research centers.

Who is 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.

The Foundation will not consider:
- White papers, literature reviews, or support for publishing
- Basic science or research
- Capital projects or improvements
- Training programs
- Projects outside the United States and its territories

Pre-proposal Conference:

On Tuesday, February 16th, 2021, from 1-2PM ET, an informational webinar will be held via Zoom teleconference to answer questions about the 2021 Hillman Emergent Innovation Program.

Register here:

Pre-Application Information:

Hillman Emergent Innovation Schedule:
- Request for Proposals (RFP) Announced: Jan 26
- RAHF Grant Portal Opens: Jan 26
- Applications Due: Mar 2
- Finalists Invited for Full Proposal: Mar 30
- Full proposals Due: May 11
- Awards announced: Sep 28

Program staff will contact you via phone or email should they require more information about your application. If your project is selected to move forward in the review process, staff will request a full proposal.

Recording of the 2021 webinar:
RFP Information:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation
200 Park Avenue South, Suite 1705
New York, NY 10003

tel: 212-265-3115
fax: 212-765-3134

For questions that have not been addressed on the webpage or in the Request for Proposal, please contact:

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