CHF Grants: Health Reform

Consumer Health Foundation

Grant amount: US $20,000 - US $30,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 20, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: District of Columbia, Counties in Maryland: Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Counties in Virginia: Alexandria city, Arlington County Expand all

Location of residency: District of Columbia, Counties in Maryland: Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Counties in Virginia: Alexandria city, Arlington County Expand all

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About the Consumer Health Foundation

The Consumer Health Foundation envisions an equitable and just region and nation in which everyone lives a healthy and dignified life. By “everyone,” we mean all people regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, education or income. Our mission is to advocate for racial equity and racial justice through programs and investments that advance health and economic justice in low-income communities and communities of color in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

Health inequities particularly impact communities of color. In addition to experiencing higher rates of illness and death, communities of color continue to experience deep and persistent inequities not only in health care, but also in income, assets, neighborhood infrastructure, affordable housing, stable employment and education. These inequities increase the risk for poor health. Undergirding these inequities in health and social outcomes is structural racism.

Achieving health equity will require economic justice and racial equity. This means that the policies and systems that negatively impact people living in low-income communities and communities of color must change. Our communities must become places of opportunity through equitable public policies that enable people to get the health care they need, earn income, and generate wealth to support themselves, their families and their communities.

Grantmaking Strategy

Funding advocacy is critical to achieving CHF’s mission. Health inequities are created and reproduced by policies and systems. Advocacy for local, state, and regional policy change and systems reform is essential to achieve the change we envision.

The Foundation defines advocacy as efforts to create local, state and regional policy change and systems reforms that benefit low-income communities and communities of color in the Metropolitan Washington, DC region. Activities could include community engagement and organizing among residents in low-income neighborhoods, development of policy recommendations, policy implementation and monitoring, budget and policy analysis, coalition or network building, convening, stakeholder engagement and collective problem solving among diverse groups, campaigns, media and communication.

What We Fund

Field-Building Approach

WhatWeFundThe Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) uses a field-building approach to its advocacy grantmaking. This approach is designed to create and sustain a group of organizations that are able to engage in political environments and develop policy recommendations. It requires strong networks of organizations with different capacities, which include the ability to:

  • Build a strong grassroots base of support
  • Analyze legal and policy issues
  • Develop media and communications strategies
  • Build and sustain strong, broad-based and diverse coalitions and alliances
  • Generate resources

Grantmaking Areas

CHF supports the organizing of low-income patients/clients, workers, community members, and immigrants and their engagement in advocacy. For this deadline, CHF seeks to fund community-based organizations and nonprofits in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia that use advocacy strategies with a racial equity lens at the local, state and regional levels to create positive social change in the area below.

Health Reform

In the past years, health care systems have evolved in response to national, state and local policies. The percentage of people who are uninsured has declined significantly. Health care systems are developing innovative practices to integrate services, reduce costs, and address the social determinants of health. CHF believes that we need to protect and build on the gains that have been achieved that promote health equity.

CHF will support advocacy that will:

  • protect and expand access to affordable and high quality care – There is a need to address the economic difficulties that consumers experience because of lack of access to care; high costs of premiums, prescription drugs, and medical bills; increasing deductibles; and loss of health insurance coverage. Policies are needed to maintain and expand health insurance coverage and address the rising costs of health care.
  • transform the health care system especially in reducing cost and addressing the social determinants of health – There is a need for health care systems to identify practices and strategies that reduce costs. At the same time, we need strategies that will advance health equity by improving health, employment, education, housing, wealth creation, childcare, and other factors. This requires health care systems to connect and integrate their services with programs and institutions that address these social determinants of health, which will require stronger collaboration with local communities, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, business, and other stakeholders. Healthcare systems are also drivers of their local economies and can contribute to the social determinants of health through their employment, procurement and impact investing strategies.

Racial Equity Impact Assessment Tool

CHF requires applicants to use the racial equity impact assessment (REIA) tool in describing the issue, policy, regulation, practice, program or budget that the organization will address. The REIA tool is used to identify the impact of the proposed policy on racial and ethnic groups and help reduce or eliminate racial inequities

Grant amounts

Grant amounts will range from $20,000 to $30,000 for one year. Organizations may apply for a renewal grant every year. Based on the proposed work, CHF may award general support grants.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Must be located in the Washington, DC metropolitan region: District of Columbia, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
  • National organizations and academic institutions may apply in partnership with community-based nonprofit groups serving as lead organizations.

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