New York State Health Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is committed to improving health outcomes of the people of New York, concentrating grantmaking on healthy lifestyles and access to affordable, quality healthcare.

IP TAKE: NYSHealth's unique RFP process means you can better tailor your application to its specific interests. Despite a nominal focus on New York, a decent percentage of the foundation's grants funds groups outside the state.

PROFILE: The New York State Health Foundation is committed to the public health and wellness of the people of New York. Although the foundation has only been around since 2002, its overall grantmaking has increased over the past few years. NYSHealth awards public health-related grants through its Building Healthy Communities and Empowering Health Care Consumers programs.

The Building Healthy Communities program supports organizations working to encourage healthy diets and increased physical activity. This program also awards grants to groups boosting access to healthy foods and increasing opportunities for physical activity, operating at both the neighborhood and policy levels.

The foundation’s Empowering Health Care Consumers program increases access to affordable, quality healthcare and encourages patients to take an active role in their own care.

NYSHealth also awards grants out of its Special Projects Fund for projects that target healthcare and public concerns beyond its stated priority areas. The foundation also funds programs helping military vets navigate its Veteran’s Health program.

The majority of the foundation’s grants fall in the $75,000 to $300,000 range. Very few grants exceed $300,000, with a handful in the $10,000 to $50,000 range.

To learn more about the organizations receiving NYSHealth support, explore its Grantees database.

The NYSHealth Foundation announces open Requests for Proposals (RFPs) throughout the year on its website.

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