The Discretionary Grants program was established to fund projects and activities that are closely related to our mission, but fall outside our competitive grant program areas. The structure of our Discretionary Grants program, which has a simple, straightforward application, and a rolling deadline for submission, allows us and our grantees to move quickly to respond to a dynamic and highly changeable environment. Please note:
- All projects must focus on groups or populations that face disproportionate barriers to accessing health services and achieving the best possible health.
- Awards are typically around $5,000, but may go up to $10,000 for statewide activities that are highly aligned with our mission.
- Projects must have a clear start and end date and be completed within a 12-month period.
- Projects must have a start date that is no earlier than eight weeks from the date of submission of the letter of inquiry.
- Discretionary grant recipients will be asked to schedule a project debrief call with the Program Officer upon submission of a brief narrative and financial report.
Contact Program Officer Kathryn Rouillard to discuss an idea and for questions.
The following characteristics describe eligible organizations:
- 501(c)(3), local, state, or tribal government entity or educational institution
- In compliance with MeHAF’s nondiscrimination policy
- Have not received a discretionary grant in the current calendar year
- Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:
- Responds to an emerging issue, current need, or window of opportunity
- Shows potential for lasting change beyond the life of the grant
- Plans for, pilots, or implements a new or creative approach to better serve our priority population
- Supports the work of smaller organizations that may have limited capacity to apply for other types of MeHAF funding
- Relies on collaboration as a key project strategy (if appropriate)
The following projects will not be funded:
- Grants or scholarships to individuals
- Academic or graduate research
- Public awareness campaigns focused on a specific disease or health condition
- General operating support
- Direct care costs
- Capital expenditures
- Fundraising efforts