Equitable Health Outcomes FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Promoting Equitable Health Outcomes by Addressing Social Drivers of Poor Health

We know that achieving greater equity in health outcomes will require genuine partnership between community organizations, especially those embedded in underserved areas or led by financially disadvantaged residents, and health systems and hospitals. The Trust is interested in hearing from organizations and collaboratives, particularly in rural areas, working to build these community partnerships to address a specific social driver of poor health.


Steps to Apply



Utilize a value-based care environment to facilitate health improvement for North Carolinians with low incomes.

Work with health systems to improve health outcomes for Medicaid and uninsured populations by encouraging greater community voice and shared decision making to address social drivers of health and well-being.


Conduct community-based evaluation, research, and planning that engages residents in the process to collect data, identify gaps, and determine best practices to address goals.

Build community, organizational, and individual capacity in areas with low incomes so that historically marginalized populations can participate in health improvement efforts.

Conduct broad-based communications, community education, and advocacy efforts that advance goals.

Convene, facilitate, and coordinate stakeholders to collectively address goals. This could include better coordination within and across systems and regularly convening community partners.

Timeframe for Applications

Call-by date: January 26, 2022

Application deadline: February 9, 2022

Geographic Focus


Next Steps

If you think you are a fit, assess your eligibility below and then contact us to apply. Or, view all funding opportunities here.


The Trust is interested in hearing from organizations and collaboratives working to build partnerships with hospitals or health systems to address a specific social driver of poor health, particularly in rural areas or communities with low incomes. We also want to hear about broad-based efforts to improve capacity of human service organizations that are embedded in historically marginalized areas or in communities of color to improve their ability to participate in the Healthy Opportunities Pilots in Medicaid. Ideas for convening or building the capacity of network leads within the Healthy Opportunities Pilots are also welcome.

For any of these strategies, interested applicants can propose a planning process or seek funds to implement a systems change effort that addresses a social determinant of health and aims to reduce racial or ethnic disparities in health outcomes. Competitive applicants will demonstrate strong collaboration between the health system and historically marginalized populations and will address issues of shared decision making.

Eligibility Requirements

Before applying, consider the following questions and requirements:

  • Is your organization or work a good fit with the Trust?
  • Are you located or operating in North Carolina?
  • Does your work focus on improving quality of life and health for North Carolinians with low incomes?
  • Do you primarily support populations experiencing poverty?
    • These populations include: individuals living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; the uninsured; and those eligible for Medicaid and/or the free/reduced school lunch program.

Organizations the Trust WILL fund:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Governmental entities

Organizations the Trust WILL NOT fund:

  • Individuals
  • Faith-based organizations without 501(c)(3)
  • Type III supporting organizations
  • Organizations providing pass-through funds to an ineligible organization

Eligible? Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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