Endowment for Health: Strategic Grants

Endowment for Health

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Grant amount: US $9,800 - US $300,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: New Hampshire

Location of residency: United States

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Endowment for Health

The Endowment for Health is a statewide, private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving the health of New Hampshire's people, especially those who are vulnerable and underserved. We envision a culture that supports the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of all people -- through every stage of life.

Since 2001, the Endowment has awarded more than 1,100 grants, totaling more than $44 million to support a wide range of health-related programs and projects in New Hampshire.

The Endowment also uses its voice and influence to lead others toward health-related policy change. We often act as a catalyst and convener to help move important issues forward - especially when others are unable to speak out.

The Endowment for Health continues to shine the light on problems, bringing people together to plan and supporting their collective action to solve those problems. We are part of a community of organizations and individuals working together towards common goals, and using a set of common approaches to achieve those goals.

Strategic Grant Program

We know that large scale changes cannot be achieved in the short term, nor can they be realized by one organization acting alone. In each priority area (Early Childhood, Elder Health, Health Equity, Children’s Behavioral Health, and Health Policy) we contribute to collective approaches by bringing together stakeholders, conducting research, funding policy analysis and communicating in a way that garners the attention of the public and our policy makers.

We work together with grantees and other partners to identify solutions to pressing issues and develop high-impact strategies to make change. Sometimes strategies are identified by a coalition or working group that is focused on the priority area. Sometimes the good ideas come from grantees or potential grantees. And sometimes we identify opportunities based on research, emerging practices or the good work of other funders.

Each priority area has a dedicated allocation of funding to support stakeholder engagement, leadership development, knowledge building, program standards and quality transformation, and policy alignment. Our Strategic Grants are always made in dialogue with grantees, potential grantees and other partners and in alignment with priority area strategies and outcomes.

Priority Areas

Improving the Behavioral Health of Children & their Families

Mental health – social-emotional well-being – is fundamental to overall health and an important contributor to a child's success in school and in adulthood. Unfortunately, social and emotional disorders are common, impacting one in five NH children, many of whom do not receive the services and supports they need to get back on a healthy developmental trajectory. The children’s behavioral health system is underfunded, fragmented and uncoordinated, leaving children and families without access to the integrated supports needed to address problems early, when treatment is most effective and efficient. Our investments to date have helped to chart a new course for the NH children’s behavioral health system. We will continue to proactively invest in leadership and advocacy, institutionalization of workforce competencies, capacity for research-based interventions, and efforts to reform financing within our public children’s behavioral health systems. Our emphasis on strategic grantmaking will allow us to have more sustainable impact in the field.

Ensuring the Healthy Development of Young Children

Scientific research demonstrates the importance of early childhood experiences to healthy development and health outcomes. Early childhood experiences literally shape the brain’s architecture, establishing either a sturdy or fragile base for all the learning, health and behavior that follows. A strong foundation in these early years improves the odds for positive outcomes, and a weak foundation increases the odds of problems later in life. When we invest in systems that ensure all children and their families are healthy, learning and thriving, we are making an investment in New Hampshire’s future. Unfortunately, New Hampshire lags behind much of the nation in public support for systems that serve young children and their families. To address this missed opportunity, our community partners work to raise awareness about the importance of investing in early childhood, solidify support for shared goals, promote use of data to make decisions, adopt quality programs and services, and advance financing and policy changes that make it easier for young children to thrive.

Advancing Health Equity for Racial, Ethnic and Language Minorities

New Hampshire is one of the healthiest states in the country, but not everyone who lives here has a fair opportunity to achieve their full health potential. 

The Health and Equity in NH: 2013 Report Card produced by New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies documented the existence of serious health inequities in our state. These inequities unfairly and disproportionately affect communities of color. 

Achieving a fair opportunity for health for all of New Hampshire’s people requires understanding why some people in our communities experience unfair differences in health status. The Endowment recognizes that the root causes of the unfair differences in health are deep, the solutions are varied, and change takes time. 

As a foundation, we work to advance health equity by supporting the field of stakeholders to widen understanding of why equity matters in all aspects of health at every stage of life.

Ensuring the Health and Dignity of Elders

New Hampshire’s population is, on average, older than most other states, with a median age of 43. As longevity increases, we will see an increase in the average age of the older population. And as people experience better health into later years of life, the definitions of retirement and healthy aging are changing.

How and where people age is changing too. People are aging in place at home or are opting to live in community outside of traditional institutional care. The Endowment for Health aims to create a culture that supports the physical, mental, social and economic well-being of all people – through every stage of life.

Through the Elder Health Initiative, the Endowment is working with our community partners to increase understanding of how an aging population will change New Hampshire and to prepare our communities to meet the challenges and tap the opportunities of this change. We have co-created the NH Alliance for Health Aging and invite all those who care about older adults and our shared future to engage in this statewide coalition.

Working together through collaborative efforts, we will create communities in New Hampshire where older adults are offered a wide range of choices to advance health, independence and dignity.

Building Health Policy Capacity

Policy change is often necessary to improve programs, systems and environments that contribute to better health outcomes for NH’s people, and ultimately to create strong human capital and a vibrant economy. Through our strategic grant making process we are working with partners to enable policy and systems changes that are advancing some of the most critical health matters facing New Hampshire’s residents. Our grantees work to ensure access to health care, research the impact of policy choices, communicate solutions to policy issues, support health provider systems to innovate practice and payment models, and engage citizens in health issues. In addition, many of our grantees provide the core “backbone” services necessary for robust advocacy, knowledge and leadership to support health policy decision making. Our health policy investments further our overall systems change approach of Field Building.

Selection Criteria and Application Process

Our Strategic Grants are identified in partnership with key stakeholders. Interested applicants should contact the Program Staff dedicated to the priority area to discuss the idea and identify opportunities for advancing strategies and outcomes.

Find contacts for each priority area here.

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


  • Grants will be limited to nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code, government agencies, schools, colleges and universities.
  • Proposed projects or activities must serve the people of New Hampshire.


  • The following are generally NOT eligible:
    • Grants to individuals
    • Out of state projects.
    • Ongoing operating expenses.
    • Equipment purchases.
    • Sponsorships for events/conferences.
    • Capital campaigns and/or fundraising events.
    • Lobbying. Direct (influence legislative body) and grassroots lobbying (call to action).
    • Expenses already incurred.
    • Replacement of public funding.
    • Sectarian or religious programs.
    • Directly or indirectly supporting political activities including political campaigns.