Call For Proposal: American Indian Health

Montana Healthcare Foundation

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $100,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 23, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 15, 2019, Sep 14, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity Indigenous Group

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

Location of project: Montana

Location of residency: Montana

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The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) makes grants to improve the health and well-being of all Montanans. We will consider proposals in three areas under this CFP:

Each organization may submit up to three distinct applications under this CFP.

NOTE: In addition to grants made under this CFP, many of our grants are offered by invitation only, within strategic initiatives under each focus area.

Call for Proposals: American Indian Health

We are committed to working in partnership with Montana’s American Indian people to support healthy communities.

Projects funded through this CFP will address key health and health care challenges and will address the upstream social, economic, and educational challenges that drive health disparities. We place a priority on proposals that have a high potential for becoming financially self-sustaining.

Please note that we are currently accepting two types of grant proposals: competitive grants submitted under this CFP and invited grants submitted under our American Indian Health Initiatives, which include:
  • Strengthening American Indian Health Services
  • American Indian Health Governance and Leadership Support
  • Reducing American Indian Health Disparities
Only tribes, tribal health departments, and urban Indian health centers (members of the American Indian Health Leaders coalition) are eligible for invited initiative grants. Please email MHCF Senior Program Officer  to apply for an American Indian Health Initiative grant.

If your project does not fit into one of the above initiatives and you would like to apply for American Indian Health grant funding under the competitive CFP, apply through the website.

Project Examples

Please note that these are only examples, and we will gladly consider funding other types of projects if they meet our basic selection criteria.

  • Strategic and business planning:
    • One-year planning grants that will result in a viable plan to fund and implement programming to address an important health issue.
  • Partnerships outside the health sector:
    • Proposals that seek to build partnerships with organizations beyond the health sector (for example: schools, local businesses, community and economic developers, or departments of planning and transportation) to build strong, resilient communities and address issues, such as poor housing, limited opportunities for youth engagement, community support for seniors, unemployment, or access to healthful foods.
  • Upstream influences on health and well-being:
    • Projects that address access to healthful food, housing, transportation, and other upstream influences on health and well-being.


Under this CFP, we are offering grants between $10,000 and $50,000 for projects implemented within a 12-month period, and grants up to $100,000 for projects implemented within a 24-month period. All grants will be awarded through a one-step application process offered twice in 2018, with a possibility of a third opportunity in the fall.

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


  • MHCF will only fund Montana-based organizations under this CFP. Montana-based organizations that are eligible to apply for funding include:
    • Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (excluding those classified as private foundations or any type III non-functionally integrated supporting organization under section 509(a) of the Code).
    • Tax-exempt educational institutions.
    • State, tribal, or local government agencies.
  • NOTE: Eligible applicants may use a portion of the budget to fund consultants that may not meet these eligibility criteria. Please refer to our Budget FAQ for more information.


  • We do not fund:
    • Individuals.
    • Capital campaigns.
    • Operating deficits or retirement of debt.
    • Construction projects, real estate, acquisitions, or endowments unless part of an MHCF-invited proposal.
    • Fundraising events.
    • Organizations that discriminate because of race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or political orientation.
    • Lobbying as defined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC), section 4945(d)(1).
    • Activities supporting political candidates or voter registration drives as defined in IRC section 4945(d)(2).
    • Large equipment purchases (for example: medical equipment, vans, etc.), where such purchases constitute a substantial portion of the grant budget.
    • Medical research or research lacking a direct, targeted, and practical benefit to Montanans’ health.
    • Organizations or foundations for redistribution of funds via sub-grants.
  • In addition, please note that MHCF funds may not be used in any way that might supplant government funding of existing programs. All applicants must read our Guidelines on Supplanting.

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