John A. Hartford Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The John A. Hartford Foundation awards public health grants to organizations that are changing health care delivery systems, lowering costs, and improving outcomes for older adults and their families.  

IP TAKE: Hartford grants are pretty substantial and with around 20 to 30 awarded each year, grantseekers can expect an enormous amount of competition here.

PROFILE: Founded in 1929, the Manhattan-based John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) was established as a philanthropic outlet for John A. Hartford and his brother George L. Hartford, both former chief executives of the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P grocery chain). Though it started out in the field of biomedical research, the foundation has increasingly become focused on geriatric research, access and care.

According to the foundation, “despite near-universal access to health insurance through the Medicare program, older adults experience high rates of errors and adverse events in their care.” The foundation also highlights that not only are older patients suffering at the hand of inept care, but society as a whole is paying for the high cost of low-quality healthcare.

To help transform senior healthcare for the better, the Harford Foundation has identified three priority strategies in its grantmaking: Age-Friendly Health Systems, Family Caregiving, and Serious Illness and End of Life.

Most of Hartford’s grants start at around $500,000, going up into the millions from there. For a close look at the types of organizations Hartford funds and at what level, explore its Advanced Grant Search webpage.

Grants are made by invitation only.

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