Grantmaking Priorities & Calendar

FY19 Grant Priorities and Calendar

The annual calendar focuses the board’s grant deliberations allowing for similar proposals to be considered at once, giving the Foundation’s board a clearer picture of Montgomery County’s health and wellness and organizational capacity needs. This also lets prospective applicants know when to prepare applications and when to expect decisions. The approach is intended to be systematic rather than rigid. If it poses a genuine hardship for your organization, please contact the Foundation  President and CEO, Crystal Carr Townsend.

FY19 Grantee Training

All organizations interested in receiving grant funds from HIF in FY19 (July 1-June 30) must attend.

The FY19 Grantee Forum has was held March 4, 2019  at the Universities at Shady Grove. Follow-up details will be posted.  Please check back. Each organization was required to bring a board member, along with an organizational staff representative.

The Grantee Training this year was in collaboration with the Consumer Health Foundation and focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

FY19 Capacity Building Application

Capacity Building applications will be available online Tuesday, October 9, 2018 and due Friday, December 7, 2018 by 5 pm. All applications are submitted online.

During the two months in which the FY19 Capacity Building grant application is open, organizations that have not had a site visit in the past should contact the HIF Grants Administrator to schedule a site visit. If you have had a site visit and would like to invite us to visit your organization again, this is welcomed during this period as well.

Templates to complete as part of your application:

Logical Framework Template (in Word)

HIF Project Budget Template (Excel).

The Foundation offers *optional* technical assistance sessions for applicants to discuss their draft Logical Framework at our office. These sessions are meant to assist with the development of the grant application.  If your organization is in need of assistance with your logical framework, please contact the HIF Director of Grants and Community Impact at to set up a time to meet.

Our FY19 Capacity Building Grant Priorities aim to promote sustainable, culturally competent, integrated healthcare access throughout the lifespan through:

A.  Behavioral Health Across the Lifespan:

— Promote and/or implement trauma-informed practices;
— Treat and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault;
— Support integrated solutions for the treatment and prevention of substance abuse and opioids;
— Support suicide prevention and resiliency building; and
— Develop interdisciplinary patient care models supporting integrated behavioral health and coordinated continuity of care services for Montgomery County residents (e.g. in schools, school-based health center, homeless services, safety-net clinics, etc.).

B.  Access to Quality and Comprehensive Health and Wellness Services

— Provide integrated, sustainable safety-net services across the lifespan to infants, children, adolescents, adults, and seniors (e.g. family practices, dental services, vision exams and eye-glasses, chronic disease and pain management, tele-medicine, prevention services, maternal health and wellness, geriatric services, etc.);
— Ensure that ALL safety-net health clinics serving Montgomery County’s vulnerable and diverse populations offer the same high-quality, culturally competent core ambulatory care services and meet patient quality of care and outcome benchmarks; and
— Develop multi-sector approaches to improve health and wellness by addressing the social determinants of health – adverse childhood experiences, race equity, food security, affordable housing, employment, education, quality childcare, environment, and access to healthcare and wellness services.

C.  Sustainable Business Models and Integrated Service Delivery Systems to Stimulate Systemic, Positive Change in the Health and Wellness Sector

— Establish sustainable business models around the provision of essential health and wellness services (e.g. diversified patient payee mix, Medicare, Medicaid, fee for service, family practice models, pay for performance models, etc.); and
— Develop place-based initiatives to address multi-sector, multi-generational, and/or complex health and wellness issues (e.g. aging in place, multi-generational poverty, health disparities, race equity, subsidized housing, food insecurity, etc.).

D.  Develop a Culturally Competent and Highly Skilled Health Sector Workforce

— Build educational and workforce pipelines for culturally competent, highly skilled health sector workers to meet the current and future health and wellness needs of Montgomery County residents;
— Design innovative apprenticeships/internships for emerging health professionals to both train and expand the capacity to deliver health and wellness services to Montgomery County’s vulnerable residents; and
— Support inter-sector trainings, certifications, and/or help with career development/pathways within the health and wellness sector.

FY19 Small Grant Application

HIF’s Small Grant program offers us an opportunity to pilot new ideas, fill service gaps, and/or get to know new organizations. Nonprofits that provide healthcare services in Montgomery County, MD that have received no other HIF funding this fiscal year (July 2018 – June 2019) are more competitive. If you have not applied during the fiscal year, or applied and did not receive a grant, you are eligible to be considered for a small grant. Small grant requests are due online April 30, 2019.

In honor of a former HIF trustee, Brooks Saltsman, we are awarding a small grant to an organization emulating her strong commitment to volunteer service in the health field. For example, an organization that uses volunteers and/or interns to enhance and provide high-quality services to their clients. One of the first questions in the application gives you an opportunity to indicate whether your proposal should be considered for this award.

HIF Project Budget Template  (Excel)

         HIF Logical Framework Template (Word)

If you have questions, please contact HIF at