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Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Counties to Improve Community Health and Promote Health Equity


Geographic Focus

USA: New York: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties

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Responsive Grant - Call For Ideas

Greater Rochester Health Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #192368

Grant Description

Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, agencies, and educational institutions in eligible counties to improve community health and promote health equity. Funding is intended to support activities that benefit historically marginalized populations, including BIPOC communities, adults and children impacted by poverty, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ persons, rural residents, immigrants/refugees, and older adults. Applicants must be located or providing service in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, or Yates counties.

Responsive Grants are one way the Foundation partners with and support a broad array of communities and organizations as they are best suited to understand their priority needs and to create solutions that improve health. Driven by community voice, Responsive Grants are open, nimble, and responsive to emerging health issues and needs. These grants allow flexibility to test innovative ideas and different approaches to challenges and share what the Foundation and its partners are learning from the projects supported.

Through issuing this Call for Ideas, the Foundation is looking to advance its efforts in innovative, partnered work that reimagines systems, programs, and services to disrupt inequities and rebuild stronger, healthier communities. A central focus of Call for Ideas is to respond to community needs and inequities central to or worsened by the twin pandemics and support the path to rebuilding and reimagining systems in more equitable ways.

The Foundation will fund projects, programs/services, advocacy efforts, and general operational needs to support people and communities that have been historically marginalized and are impacted by health inequities, such as: Communities of color/indigenous communities, children and adults impacted by poverty, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ persons, rural communities, refugees/New Americans, and older adults. (These are a few examples and do not represent a complete list). 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation is committed to partnering with non-profit organizations/entities of all sizes and types including health/human service or government agencies, faith communities, educational institutions, and civic organizations. (These are examples and not an exhaustive list). Applicants must be a non-profit located (or providing service) in one of the nine counties within the Foundation's area of service: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates. Current and past grantees are eligible to apply, however, the Foundation is committed to an equitable disbursement of investment dollars. If the Foundation has recently funded your organization, it is unlikely that it will be able to fund you during this opportunity.

The Health Foundation does not fund capital only requests.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A virtual Question & Answer Workshop will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29.

To Register:

Pre-Application Information:

- October 19, 2021: Call for Idea Proposals opens
- October 29, 2021: Question & Answer Workshop 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- December 3, 2021: Call for Ideas closes! Please submit Idea Proposal by 6 p.m.
- January 2022: Notifications of invitations to stage two
- February 2022: Stage two process
- April 2022: Notification of awards announced
- May 2022: Grant awards disbursed

Questions & Answers (Spring 2021) - Video:

Questions & Answers (Fall 2021) - Video:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation is estimating that the average requested amounts will be in the range of $25,000 - $500,00. The Foundation acknowledges that requests may be below or above those ranges

Term of Contract:

Over a one- (1) to five- (5) year period

Contact Information:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Monica Brown, Senior Program Officer, at (585) 258-1710, or via email at or Hannah Stark, Associate Program Officer, at (585) 258-1703.

Greater Rochester Health Foundation
255 East Ave Suite 402
Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: 585-258-1799
Fax: 585-258-1711

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