National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The NIHCM Foundation backs healthcare journalism. Topics of interest include cost and quality, healthcare reform, healthcare delivery, healthcare coverage, Medicare, Medicaid and population health.

IP TAKE: NIHCM offers grants of up to $200,000. But competition is stiff here, with fewer than 10 healthcare grants available each year.

PROFILE: The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (NIHCM) was founded in 1993 by a group of health plan CEOs. Ever since then, the foundation has been committed to improving the health of all Americans. This may not sound like it has much to do with journalism, but NIHCM believes media and information are crucial to public health.

The NIHCM Foundation backs “timely healthcare journalism that informs efforts to improve the health of Americans.” Grants are awarded for health journalism, including documentary filmmaking. Topics of focus include cost and quality, healthcare reform, healthcare delivery, healthcare coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, and population health.

NIHCM grants go up to $200,000, but the majority fall in the $10,000 to $50,000 range. In the past, this funder has backed Health Triage’s online video series on public health and safety, and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University's project, “Nightmare Bacteria and the Crisis in Antibiotics.” To get a broader sense of the types of projects and organizations NIHCM supports and at what levels, explore its journalism grants page.

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry and announces funding cycles and deadlines in the spring.

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