What We Believe

As a community-informed and engaged foundation, we recognize that our grantmaking must be agile and responsive to our region’s immediate and evolving community health and wellness needs. Outside of our general operating support grantmaking, we make responsive grants to community partners for time-sensitive crises, special activities that promote health and wellness, and community events that encourage new ideas and innovation in our region. 


Led by our mission, vision, and core values, we accept requests on a rolling basis for three types of responsive funding: 


We provide emergency funding to non-profit organizations that directly address the critical health needs of our region’s residents during a crisis. 


We provide PULSE grants for projects and activities that support on-the-ground community work and promote innovative ideas and solutions to advance health equity in our region. These projects and activities allow us to learn about work in our region and understand the role we can play in that work. 


We accept sponsorship requests for community-based and oriented events and convenings that center on topics related to health and wellness in our region. Event types include but are not limited to grantee partner organization fundraisers, community health fairs and education events, and community convenings on topics related to the social determinants of health.


We prioritize sponsorships most aligned with our mission, vision, core values, and events and convenings that benefit our region’s residents.


      • Must be a 501c3 organization (or have a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Fiscal Sponsor)
      • Responsive funding requests must benefit residents or staff that reside and/or are based in the Healthy Communities Foundation service region.
      • Your organization must not discriminate by race, ethnicity, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin. 
      • Your organization does not have to be a current grantee of ours. (We strive to make funding decisions as expeditiously as possible. If you are not a current grantee partner of the Foundation, please note it may take longer than four (4) weeks for us to review and notify you of our funding decision.)


      • Initiatives already receiving general operating support provided by the Healthy Communities Foundation (with the exception of community event and convening sponsorship requests)
      • Businesses  
      • Capital campaigns*
      • Individuals 
      • Operating foundations not directly connected to community-based efforts 
      • Partisan political activities
      • Scholarships 
      • School districts and individual schools (including parent-teacher associations, charter schools and nonprofits with more than 80% of expenses for school-based operations


*Only capital expenses for materials will be considered for funding (i.e. medical equipment, dental chairs) 


If you have technical questions about the grants portal, please email us at or call us at (708)443-5674. If you send an email, please allow 1-2 business days for a response.