CFP: Partnerships for Better Health

Montana Healthcare Foundation

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

Next anticipated deadline: Oct 10, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 16, 2021

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Montana

Location of residency: Montana

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Partnerships for Better Health

We will support the planning and implementation of innovative projects that align existing resources in a community to address an important health problem. Projects in this focus area will show how new collaborations between public health departments, health care providers, and community-based organizations can yield improvements in health and more efficient use of existing funds, staff, and organizations. This portfolio supports systems-based solutions that make measurable improvements in health outcomes and could be replicated in other Montana communities. Projects funded under this focus area will create new inter-agency partnerships designed to deliver more accessible and effective care or prevent disease and improve health through addressing upstream risk factors such as poverty and poor-quality housing.

If your project addresses links between housing and health, we suggest that you read our Housing is Health Care Initiative and contact us before applying through this CFP.

Partnerships for Better Health Project Examples

These are only examples, and we will gladly consider funding other types of projects if they meet our selection criteria.

Interventions that address upstream risk factors for illness and the social determinants of health: Projects that address health determinants—such as limited opportunities for youth engagement, poor educational outcomes, inadequate community support for seniors, unemployment, or lack of access to healthful foods—through partnerships with organizations outside the health sector.

Public health and prevention planning: Proposals from county public health departments or other eligible applicants for support for business planning for or implementation of wellplanned and sustainable prevention programs that address high-priority community health issues. (Note: because MHCF funds are limited, we do not provide long-term, sustaining support for programs.)

Direct collaboration among community agencies (for example, sharing personnel or facilities), such as local health departments, rural hospitals, community mental health, and substance use disorder treatment organizations, and community health centers to address a major health issue: Initiatives that seek to address an important health challenge— such as serving the needs of the aging population, reducing childhood injuries, or improving diabetes outcomes—through new inter-agency collaborations. Given the challenges of recruiting health professionals and the limited funding available in many rural communities, health outcomes could be improved if the region’s health-focused organizations sought ways to collaborate and share resources.

Oral health: Proposals for programs that deliver effective prevention and treatment for tooth decay and have a strong business plan for sustaining the program through, for example, thirdparty billing or inter-agency partnerships.

Community health teams and other approaches to care coordination and community outreach: Providers are experimenting with a range of models that improve the quality and effectiveness of care by reaching beyond the walls of the clinic or hospital. Care coordinators, community health workers, and promotoras are examples of such efforts. By helping patients understand and follow medical recommendations and keep appointments, and by identifying and helping address the many social, economic, and educational barriers that patients face in their daily lives, these programs can improve health outcomes and reduce the costs associated with frequent emergency department visits and hospitalizations. You can read more about improving care coordination here.

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.
    • Unless part of an MHCF-invited proposal, construction projects, real estate, acquisitions, or endowments
    • 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.