Health Care Division Grantseekers

Health Care Division Funding Announcement

November 2016

We are pleased to announce our grants process for the February 14, 2017 grants application deadline.

The Trust will accept applications in all four of the Health Care Division’s Issue Areas. As indicated below, proposals in these areas will be limited by the Tier designation of the county served. We will accept applications based upon the 2016 or 2017 Tier designations.The Trust is monitoring policy discussions on phasing out the Tier system, and we are working with state experts to develop alternative measures for identifying underresourced regions. Grantmaking will continue to represent our long-term commitment to our Healthy Places NC counties and to rural North Carolina. Projects serving Healthy Places NC counties are eligible for all Trust funding opportunities. We will announce one or more additional Healthy Places NC counties in 2017 as we move toward our commitment of invest $100 million in 10 to 12 rural counties over 10 to 15 years.

The Trust recognizes that to make an enduring difference in the health of North Carolinians we need to enhance all of the systems that influence the well-being of all communities. To that end, we will prioritize work that engages, in concert with our issue areas, efforts towards improving the social determinants of health of financially-disadvantaged North Carolinians in areas such as economic self-sufficiency, housing and education. This is consistent with the well-established Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health Impact Pyramid.

Access to Primary Care

  • Proposals to provide a medical home—defined as primary care that is patient-centered, accessible and comprehensive—will be limited to Tier 1 and 2 counties and must reflect efforts to build a local or county-wide system of care for financially disadvantaged residents.
  • The Trust will accept applications that aim to increase individual and small business insurance coverage from all counties. We welcome innovative strategies for reaching underserved regions and groups (rural, Latino, young adults). Projects should build on lessons learned from the first three years of open enrollment. Proposals do not need to be currently connected to existing enrollment initiatives, but all applicants must demonstrate a willingness to work cooperatively and avoid duplicating outreach efforts.
  • The Trust will continue to be interested in proposals that advance the possibility of Medicaid expansion in the state.

Community Centered Prevention


  • Proposals from all counties are eligible for consideration in all four Diabetes funding interests: Clinical Care and Self Management, Behavioral Health, Prevention and Public Awareness and Advocacy. Projects in the first two categories must directly link to clinical care. The Trust also remains interested in innovative ideas for educating and activating residents to combat the debilitating effects of diabetes on families and communities.

Behavioral Health

  • Proposals will be accepted from organizations serving Tier 1 counties that focus on enhancing substance abuse services or prevention.
  • We encourage proposals that offer innovative service models to specific populations (e.g. Latinos, students) in Tier 1 communities to complement existing delivery systems.
  • We encourage proposals that provide innovative systemic solutions around continuum of care, payment reform and public-private partnership.
  • Proposals for extension or expansion of the Trust’s major investments in integrated care will be by invitation only.

Special Hurricane Matthew Fund

In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in eastern North Carolina, we will support applications that seek to address the long-term impact on local health supporting organizations in the 45 counties declared federal disaster areas. Applications will be accepted for a maximum of $150,000- either operating or capital- to assist organizations in addressing issues such as uninsured damage to sites; loss of operating revenue; temporary costs for employees unable to return to work or other related cicumstances.

Capital Requests

Capital requests are available only in Healthy Places NC counties where the project clearly expands programmatic opportunities, or by Trust request.  Limits are $150,000 for construction/renovation or $100,000 for equipment.


Addressing mental health and substance abuse in North Carolina  

The NC Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) convened stakeholders and experts to explore ways to help the 550,000 North Carolinians with substance dependence and the 1.4 million state residents who report serious psychological distress. This Task Force has examined mental health and substance misuse from a global perspective and focused on meeting the needs of adolescents and older adults. Recommendations were issued in October 2016 and the Trust will be identifying methods to best support the implementation of many of the key findings in the report.  

Veterans health systems in North Carolina  

The Trust is interested in hearing ideas about  how we can support effective, quality healthcare for veterans and their families throughout the state.

Contact the Trust to Assess Eligibility

To engage in an initial conversation about proposal ideas for the August cycle, we request all interested parties to contact our Program Coordinator Erin Yates at or by phone at 336-397-5521. All university-affiliated inquiries must be pursued in consultation with your school’s Trust liaison. Depending on fit with issues, interests and strategies, we may then schedule an appointment with you and your regional program officer.

Please call as early as possible in the cycle to discuss your issue or idea. We request that you call to discuss your idea and explore fit for an advance consultation well before February 3, 2017.  

The grant application deadline is February 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm.