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We invest in programs and projects that contribute to improving systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs and their families.

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Our Grantmaking Strategy

We believe CYSHCN and their families deserve access to a health care system that works for them. That means funding and advising projects that are working to transform and improve health care systems and policies. 

We pursue systems change through three areas: care coordination, family engagement, and system standards. We give priority to programs and projects that affect many children and families, build on existing knowledge, and have the potential to be replicated and sustained.


Families as Full Partners

Families as Full Partners

Transformation cannot happen without engaging families as full partners in the planning and implementation of health care policies and programs. We require our grantees to engage family members in meaningful ways in all grant-funded activities, and to compensate families for their time and expertise.

Appropriate compensation of family experts

  • encourages equal partnership throughout all stages of a project,
  • builds capacity for diverse representation of families,
  • reduces barriers to participation, and
  • demonstrates the value of the parent voice.

Committed to Health Equity

In the United States, access to quality health care, adequate insurance coverage, and the chance for lifelong health is unequal. This access varies depending on who you are, where you live, how much money you earn, and more. The impact of health inequities is multiplied for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), who have greater requirements for health and social services than other children and often face discrimination. We firmly believe that characteristics such as race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and abilities should not affect anyone’s access to needed resources and services. 

Through our grantmaking, thought leadership, and advocacy, we actively and intentionally partner with grantees in identifying opportunities to address inequities in systems of care for CYSHCN and their families. We also work internally to ensure that our work is inclusive by engaging family experts from a range of perspectives to review grant proposals, and by providing resources that ensure our work is accessible to all stakeholders.

For Grantseekers

Application Process and Criteria

The first steps in applying for a grant are to (1) confirm that your organization and project meet the criteria outlined below and (2) submit a Letter of Inquiry. (Please do not submit a Letter of Inquiry if you do not meet the criteria.) Letters of Inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis; you will receive a response within four weeks.

Organizations must

  • be classified as tax exempt under 501(c)(3) OR be a public or educational entity; be a collaboration of nonprofit and public agencies with a designated fiscal sponsor; or be an entity that has a charitable purpose, and
  • promote and maintain nondiscriminatory policies in programs and the workplace.

The Foundation may consider providing support for conferences, but the content of the conference must advance the Foundation’s mission and align with our focus areas. 

We do not fund

  • disease- or condition-specific projects,
  • support for direct service programs,
  • biomedical research or technology-based applications,
  • religious organizations,
  • fundraising sponsorships, endowments, capital campaigns, or annual fund appeals, or
  • individuals.

For Grantees

Submit Reports and Deliverables for Your Grant

Reports should include your funded project’s major accomplishments and all results. Please address the impact the project had or will have on the field, any changes you made to the project as it progressed, and lessons learned that may be helpful to future grantees.

Grantees should submit reports and deliverables through the Grant Portal

If you are a grantee who did not submit your original proposal through the Grant Portal, please use the following templates for reporting:

View Grants Awarded

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