Here’s an Excellent Opportunity for Direct Service Health Groups in Georgia

As we’ve been pointing out over and over again on our Southeast funding blog lately, health legacy foundations are a big deal down here, and their ranks are swelling rapidly. A lot of these foundations are being formed from recent mergers in just the last few years, however, others have been around for decades and are still going strong.

The Healthcare Georgia Foundation (HGF) was formed in the late 1990s and kicked off its grantmaking plan in 2002 after launching “listening tour” discussions with professionals working in public health, government, social services and the nonprofit sector in 10 regions.

Although this funder exclusively sticks to supporting health issues, something that makes this funder stand out is its multi-pronged approach to grantmaking. HGF provides general operating support for capacity building, direct services support for existing programs and health policy support for research and advocacy. But funding opportunities don’t stop there. Through its initiatives, HGF pays special attention to childhood obesity prevention, rural communities and infant mortality.

Clearly this is a funder trying to cover a lot of ground with its $4 million to $5 million in annual grantmaking in Georgia. But we’d like to direct your attention to HGF’s direct services program because there’s a big deadline coming up that local groups will want to know about.

Through this program, HGF will be awarding one-year grants up to $50,000 to support existing health services and health promotion programs in the state. The big focus here is on addressing health disparities among Georgians, and the deadline to apply for these grants is July 29.

In this next cycle, the foundation is looking to award grants to programs that aim to do the following:

  • Eliminate and monitor health disparities in vulnerable populations
  • Increase public awareness about health inequities
  • Help Georgia’s healthcare workforce be more culturally sensitive and multi-lingual
  • Identify, promote, and disseminate policies to reduce health disparities.

It’s important to note that this is a not an opportunity for new programs or new organizations trying to get off the ground. However, if you can show that your existing program is in need of expansion and will be able to sustain itself after spending the HGF grant, then that’s a definite possibility.

This is a perfect opportunity for nonprofits, nonprofit hospitals and quasi-government entities that are based in Georgia and whose program serve Georgia residents. And just at the end of June, HGF hosted a webinar to guide grantseekers through the application process. How awesome is that?!

Better yet you can still check out that webinar online, as well as three additional webinars from the Emory Prevention Research Center about finding, adapting and evaluating evidence-based approaches. This funder really couldn’t spell it out any better, so take advantage of this accessible and transparent opportunity while it lasts.

Check the foundation’s current funding opportunities page for more details, to view the webinars, and to apply for a grant. To learn more about this funder generally, check out IP’s profile of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation.