Our Approach to Grantmaking

We invest for impact.

We invest our grantmaking dollars to have a greater impact by increasing power, support, and capacity in communities that have been marginalized. We collaborate with communities and partners to change systems to become equitable and ensure people get the support and opportunities they need to thrive.

By focusing on specific outcomes, rather than issues, we believe we can have a greater impact in the following ways:

Supporting Promising and Proven Programs

We fund evidence-informed and evidence-based programs that provide interventions and services to assist individuals with low incomes or experiencing bias. These programs also must promote scale or sustainability long-term.

Activating Systems Change

We’re interested in grant applications that work to change the systems that have historically held people back. This work can be focused on changing organizations within or across the system, or supporting a shift in the way that a community makes decisions about policies, programs, and the allocation of its resources.

At the organizational level, systems change support might include:

  • Individual or organizational capacity building
  • Quality improvement or organizational effectiveness
  • Improved coordination and alignment within a body of work or across a system

At the community level, systems change support might include:

  • Advocacy and policy reform
  • Research and public education
  • Communications and community engagement
  • Improving the built environment where people live, work, and play

Promoting Innovation

We know some of the best ideas have yet to be tried. We support the development of fresh ideas and new ways to implement solutions or more disruptive systems change, including:

  • Piloting and testing new ideas to gather evidence on their effectiveness
  • Incubating and trying innovative strategies that while unproven, sow the seeds for change

Types of Strategic Grantmaking

All Trust grantmaking serves our guiding vision: thriving communities, thriving residents, equitable access to care, and equitable health outcomes.

Outcomes-Focused Grants

These are funding opportunities tied to specific goals and strategies and are the majority of funding.

Responsive Grants

Responsive grants enable us to be flexible and may serve emerging needs or lead to more outcomes-focused grantmaking.

Our Grantmaking Strategies

We leverage a variety of strategies to advance our goals. We use these across all programs, initiatives, and bodies of work.

Evaluate

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 Capacity

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

Communicate

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

Implement

Implement evidence-informed and evidence-based approaches to accomplish the goal.

Pilot

Pilot innovative approaches that potentially advance the goal.

Promote

Identify and promote state-level strategies that support place-based goals.

Convene

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

Cycle for Funding Opportunities

We post funding opportunities as they become available.