NYSHF Special Projects Fund Grant

NYS Health Foundation

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Next anticipated deadline: Oct 3, 2020 10:00am PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Dec 2, 2020 10:00am PST (Full proposal), Mar 4, 2021 10:00am PST (Letter of inquiry), May 11, 2021 10:00am PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $400,000

Fields of work: School Health Health Policy & Advocacy Indigenous Health Systems Health Care Access & Delivery Children’s Health & Pediatrics Aging/Gerontology Epidemiology & Public Health Show all

Applicant type: For-Profit Business, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: New York

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) has a broad mission to improve the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. To achieve meaningful impact, the Foundation makes grants, informs health care policy and practice, and spreads effective programs that work to improve New York’s health system. 

Special Projects Fund - Background

Most of NYSHealth’s efforts are concentrated on two priority areas: (1) Building Healthy Communities and (2) Empowering Health Care Consumers. NYSHealth also has a focus on Veterans’ Health. To ensure that we can also be flexible and responsive to other important opportunities, the Special Projects Fund supports projects that fit our mission but that are outside of our main priority and focus areas. 

All projects must have an impact on New Yorkers either at a local, regional, or statewide level. Special Projects Fund awards should be considered one-time, nonrenewable funding opportunities. Only in exceptional circumstances would NYSHealth consider making an additional grant for a project that has been previously funded.

Special Projects Fund grants are highly competitive. In past years, our resources have allowed us to support only 5% of the proposals that we receive. 


Projects will be assessed for the appropriateness of budget as it relates to the proposed scope of work and timeline. Funding requests can range from $50,000 to a maximum of $400,000. Special Projects Fund grants are typically in the $250,000 range. Funds requested must be commensurate with the work proposed.

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


  • Projects are coordinated interventions over a specified period of time to achieve measurable results. Although projects that have impact within one organization or community are eligible, this RFP places emphasis on initiatives that have a large-scale regional or statewide impact on New York State’s health system.
  • NYSHealth will consider proposals from existing nonprofit (501[c][3]) and for-profit organizations with a significant ability to impact New York State. Applicant organizations must show that proposed projects further NYSHealth’s mission.


  • Projects Not Eligible for Funding:
    • Projects that address any of our priority or focus areas: (1) Building Healthy Communities, (2) Empowering Health Care Consumers, and (3) Veterans’ Health.
    • Projects that involve funding of ongoing services or activities similar to the normal activities undertaken by an organization.
    • Core support/organizational infrastructure. Core support includes baseline operating and administrative costs, board development, staff development unrelated to the project, and fundraising activities.
    • Projects that involve the purchase, installation, or upgrade of health information technology systems, including electronic medical records and other equipment.
    • Projects that are biomedical research-oriented.
    • Projects that focus on lobbying.
    • Capital expenses (e.g., buildings, vehicles, rent)