Highmark Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Highmark Foundation’s public health grants focus on increased physical activity, improved nutrition, and anti-bullying efforts. Special funding attention is given to childhood obesity and anti-bullying programs.

IP TAKE: Highmark is looking for programs that have a significant impact and outcomes that are not only achievable, but measurable as well.

PROFILE: The Highmark Foundation describes its mission and focus as “dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and quality of life for individuals and communities.” In the public health space, many of its grants are related advocating for increased physical activity, improved nutrition, and anti-bullying efforts. Highmark pays special funding attention to childhood obesity and bullying, calling both “major public health concerns for the nation.”

The majority of Highmark grants are between $75,000 and $150,000, with just a few going above that mark. Highmark's grants are spread pretty evenly between institutions of all sizes, meaning smaller organizations don't necessarily have to compete against organizations that are out of their league.

Highmark supports public health through all three of its grant initiatives: Chronic Disease, Family Health, and Service Delivery Systems. To get an idea of the types of organization’s the foundation funds, where they are located, and specific grant amounts, you can take a look at its recent grants awarded page.

The foundation is currently accepting unsolicited grant applications. This process is subject to change, so grantseekers should keep a close eye on Highmark’s website for any changes.

It’s worth mentioning, though, that in the overall health space, the foundation focuses its grantmaking on supporting intervention and prevention programs related to some of the most pervasive chronic diseases in the U.S. So groups operating cross-cutting program between public health and pervasive chronic diseases may have a decent chance at gaining Highmark’s attentions.


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