Connecticut Health Foundation

OVERVIEW: This health legacy funder exclusively prioritizes communities in Connecticut. It invests in programs that address health coverage and access, advocacy and leadership, health and community, and the healthcare delivery system.

FUNDING AREAS: Health coverage and access, advocacy and leadership, health and community, healthcare delivery system

IP TAKE: This Tri-State funder emphasizes health equity. Proposals should focus on equity in health care. 

PROFILE: Established in 1999, the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) is based in Hartford, Connecticut. It seeks “to improve the health of people in Connecticut.” CT Health is a conversion foundation, created when ConnectiCare transitioned from a nonprofit HMO to a for-profit company. In a state with great economic disparities, the foundation focuses on health policy and leadership and health equity in its program areas.

Grantmaking focuses on health coverage and access to primary care providers for regular care. CT Health supports safety net health care providers, Medicaid availability, and programs to raise the rates of insured citizens in Connecticut. Another focus is healthcare delivery system design, including efforts to foster an environment where underlying causes that contribute to diseases are addressed—not just symptoms.

CT Health looks for grantees that link care to community because factors that affect health exist in the overall environment and lifestyle. It supports community health workers that help Connecticut residents improve their lifestyles to save money in the healthcare system and improve their own health outcomes. In terms of advocacy and leadership, CT Health supports a Health Leadership Fellows program and aims to advance health equity.

CT Health funds nonprofits, state and municipal public agencies, public entities like health departments and social service programs, advocacy groups, and collaboratives. However, it does not provide funding for direct services, clinical research, capital projects, projects that don’t affect the people of Connecticut, or indirect costs for general operating support. Open requests for proposals can be viewed on the foundation website, and grantseekers can sign up for their newsletter to be notified of new RFPs. Support has gone to Connecticut Oral Health Initiative, and Community Action Agency of New Haven. Grants typically range between $10,000 and $80,000. Additional grantee information can be viewed here. Current financial data can be viewed here.

The foundation welcomes unsolicited concept papers to describe proposals. Instructions for individual RFPs are listed on the RFP page. Grantseekers can apply for a President’s Discretionary Grant Award via an online application form for a grant between $1,000 and $25,000. General questions can be directed to (860) 724-1580 or The address is 100 Pearl Street, 6th Floor, Hartford, Connecticut 06103. Keep up with foundation news here.


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