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2009 Healthy Vision Community Awards

The National Eye Institute (NEI) recognizes the importance of strengthening the capabilities of community-based organizations to develop innovative eye health education and promotion projects. The Healthy Vision Community Awards Program provides awards of up to $10,000 each and is intended to stimulate collaborative initiatives that support the vision objectives in Healthy People 2010. The objectives address examinations and prevention, eye diseases, injury and safety, and vision rehabilitation. 

Deadline:  August 29, 2008

Amount:  up to $10,000



Finding Answers:  Disparities Research for Change

Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change seeks to improve the quality of health care provided to patients from racial and ethnic backgrounds likely to experience disparities. 

Deadline:September 18, 2008 – Brief Proposal

Amount: Range between $100,000 and $275,000 for projects of 24 months or less



Channing Bete Company Community Outreach Grant

Applicants are asked to submit a proposal outlining a creative project that includes the use of Prevent Child Abuse America publications in new educational outreach programs. Proposals should incorporate a summary of the project and a detailed project description that includes goals/objectives, an evaluation plan, and an itemized list of materials that would be used.

Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern on June 16, 2008

Amount: Up to 3 individual grants of up to $500 for Prevent Child Abuse America materials



Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research 

Healthy Eating Research is a $16 million national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among the low-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity. Findings will advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. 





Charitable Leadership Foundation

The Foundation supports programs/organizations that address problems in the areas of education, housing (especially low-income), job skills/economic opportunities for low-income people. Also supports initiatives in medicine, as well as medical research that meets certain criteria. In order to achieve this end, it awards grants, loans, and technical assistance to charitable organizations for projects, programs and capacity building appropriate to this mission..

Deadline: Rolling

Amount:Normal minimum funding limit is $20,000


William T. Grant Foundation

Since it’s inception in 1936, the William T. Grant Foundation has had a remarkable constancy of purpose: to further the understanding of human behavior through research.The Foundation’s mission focuses on improving the lives of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States.


Amount: Varies



The CareFirst Commitment Initiative offers a community partnership program consisting of three program areas - Ensuring Affordability; Raising the Bar to Improve Quality of Care; Closing the Gaps to address racial and ethnic health care disparities.


Amount: Up to $300,000

Deadline: Rolling – applications accepted year-round



CIGNA Foundation Targeted Grants 

The CIGNA Foundation makes Targeted Grants to entities working in the following five core concern areas: The Health of Women, Children & Families, Obesity Awareness & Prevention, Patient/Doctor Communications & Health Literacy, Elimination of Gender and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, and The Connection between a Healthy Mind and a Healthy Body. 

Deadline:  Rolling

Amount:  TBD




Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Health Program Grants 

The Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Health Program gives special attention to efforts that address health disparities between the rich and the poor, build bridges between the common concerns of disparate constituencies, and recognize the strategic importance of employing a variety of approaches such as coalition building, research, litigation, and others to produce institutional change.  Priority attention is given to efforts that are national in scope and efforts that have the potential of having a multi-state or statewide impact and can be replicated.


Deadline: Rolling - Letter of Inquiry required by January or August

Amount: To be determined



Public Welfare Foundation  

The Public Welfare Foundation offers annual grants for priority projects which targets specific topics on health advocacy, access and reforms, hunger, nutrition, mental health, reproductive and sexual health.  

Amounts:  $25,000 - $50,000

Deadline:  Rolling – Applications accepted year- round




Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Fresh Ideas:  Community Based Approaches to Improve Care for Vulnerable Populations 

The Vulnerable Populations Portfolio is seeking new community-based approaches to health and health care problems that intersect with social factors—such as inadequate housing, poor education and poverty. We are interested in projects that serve hard-to-reach individuals and families, especially new immigrants and refugees, frail older adults and at-risk adolescents.


Deadline:  Rolling

Amount:   Up to $300,000




Fresh Ideas:  Community Based Approaches to Improve Care for Vulnerable Populations 

Seeking new community-based approaches to health and health care problems that intersect with social factors—such as inadequate housing, poor education and poverty.  Interested in projects that serve hard-to-reach individuals and families, especially new immigrants and refuges, frail older adults and at-risk adolescents. 

Deadline:  Rolling

Amount:   Up to $300,000




Aaron Straus and Lillie Straus Foundation 

The foundation program areas include:  1) families and children 2) infrastructure & capacity building for the nonprofit sector 3) general support 4) projects and 5) loans. 

Deadline(s):  July 1 & October 1

Amount:       $500 - $1,000,000




M&T Charitable Foundation 

The Foundation focus is on programs areas in 1) cultural 2) civic 3) healthcare 4) human services 5) education and 6) youth.  Chesapeake/Central Maryland.  Funds are granted primarily for capital and special purpose uses.  Charitable contribution coordinators are available for regions of Maryland, Greater Baltimore and Greater Washington. 

Deadline:  Rolling

Amount:   $1,000 - $1,000,000




Venable Foundation 

Funds projects through non-profit organizations in program areas of:  1) Professional 2) educational 3) cultural 4) human services and 5) health.


Deadline:  Rolling

Amount:   $200 - $25,000



Verizon Foundation 

The Foundation offers monetary and/or volunteer support in three program area:  1) literacy 2) technology and 3) domestic violence. 

Deadline:  Rolling

Amount    $100 - $100,000




Funding is available under three areas that address current health care and system challenges: 1) Health Care Safety-Net 2) Quality Health and Health Care and 3) Build Health Leadership with Emphasis on Diversity. 

Deadline:   Applications accepted year-round

Amount:    To Be Determined




Milagro Foundation 

Milagro serves children in the areas of health, education, and arts.  Grants are made to grassroots, community-based tax exempt organizations. Creative and unique programs from grass roots organizations that work with underrepresented and underprivileged children take precedence. 

Deadline:  Rolling

Amount:  Between $2500 and $5000




Funding Resource Opportunities


The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. 

7 Park Center Court

Owings Mills, MD 21117-4200

(410) 654-8500 

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to assisting the poor, primarily through operating and capital grants to direct service organizations located in Baltimore, Hawaii, Northeastern Pennsylvania, New York, Israel and the Former Soviet Union. These grants are focused on meeting basic needs such as shelter, nutrition, health and socialization and on enhancing an individual’s ability to meet those needs. Within that focus, emphasis is placed on the elderly and Jewish communities. 


Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore  

1324 Belmont Avenue

Salisbury, MD 21804

(410) 742-9911 

The mission of the Community Foundation is to build charitable funds, maximize benefit to donors, make effective grants and provide leadership to address community needs.  The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) believes in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of the people and communities located in the Counties of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. 


Health Grants Alert for Community-Based Organizations 

210 Guilford Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202

(410) 396-4398 

To assist local 501(c)3 organizations, as well as other community- and faith-based organizations in finding funding sources to promote the health of Baltimore's citizens, there is now available a free Health Grants Alert for Community-Based Organizations, a "headline service" listing of grant opportunities. Links to full grant announcements are included. The Health Grants Alert is issued every other week and is provided as a downloadable Microsoft Excel file.



Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) 

2 East Read Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

(410) 727-1205 

The Association of Baltimore Area Grant Makers (ABAG) is a membership organization established to provide support services to foundations.  ABAG also assists grantseekers to understand the best approach to its foundation members in order to best facilitate the grants and decision-making process for its foundation members.  ABAG has assembled "Affinity Groups", that are comprised of representatives from member foundations that have common interests on issues or topics. 


The Enoch Pratt Library - Collaborative Grants Collection of the Foundation Center 

400 Cathedral Street

Baltimore, MD 20006-1708

(410) 396-5320 

The Enoch Pratt Library houses a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection.  This mini-foundation resource center contains volumes of resource information, directories and guides on special topics related to grant writing, fundraising, tips on how to research foundations and grants, and how to write effective proposals. 


The Foundation Center 

1627 K. Street N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20006-1708

(202) 331-1400 

The Foundation Center is a national clearinghouse for information about foundations, fundraising and related matters.  It provides extensive services to help organizations identify potential funding resources and provides low cost workshops in grants grant writing and researching funding opportunities.  

Office of Minority Health Resource Center Funding Guide 

This document was prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Minority health to assist grantseekers in the grantseeking process. 

Click here to access the document.









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