2017 Request For Proposals

Health Communities Foundation Overview

The mission of the Healthy Communities Foundation (HCF) is to be a community informed grant making foundation that seeks to measurably improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities in our service area by promoting health equity, quality and access for all. The HCF “Core Values” include:

  • Energizing the spirit and potential of our local community;
  • Serving the most socially and economically vulnerable members of our community;
  • Building a culture of learning and sharing that empowers our local leadership and institutions; and
  • Understanding and addressing long-term systems change.

Outcomes Sought

In 2017, HCF will consider one-year, general operating grants that support community-based health and human services and programs that are effective, accessible, affordable and culturally competent. Efforts that address the needs of the most socially and economically vulnerable community members are of particular interest. These might include programs and initiatives that improve the quality, comprehensiveness, and coordination of services or those that introduce new models and identify best practices that can contribute to learning. Collaborations and strategic partnerships among stakeholders are also welcomed.

Requests may fall into one of the following grantmaking categories:

  • Programs and services meeting the guidelines described above
  • Small capital improvements up to $50,000
  • Basic needs and/or responding to an urgent/unanticipated issue in the community
  • Policy advocacy and/or community education and outreach
  • Other


Applicants must have a 501(c)(3) determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service and preference is given to organizations serving our core service area (see Attachment A for HCF’s geographic service area zip codes and service area map). Additionally, organizations must be nondiscriminatory in hiring and in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

Application Procedures

One-year, general operating grant proposals will be considered for grant awards in 2017. General operating requests should not exceed 10% of the applicant’s annual operating budget, and can also be used to support programs and services. All capital improvement grant awards will be capped at $50,000.

Key Dates

July 31, 2017 HCF 2017 RFP Release
August 1, 2017 HCF Hosts Information Session
September 15, 2017 2017 Proposal Submission Deadline
November 1, 2017 2017 Grant Decision Announcement