Grant Writing - Finding Funding Opportunities

Selected list of relevant agencies and organizations


Federal Funding

Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA)
Current HRSA Funding in California
A fact sheet of currently funded programs in California.
Current HRSA MCH Grant Opportunities
HRSA awards billions of dollars every in grants that enable organizations and institutions to help build healthy communities and healthy people. Learn more about applying for a grant. Learn more about the MCH Grant LifeCycle. is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.
Browse opportunities by agency (for example, Health and Human Services, which includes agencies such as the CDC, HRSA, FDA, Administration on Aging, etc.)
Browse opportunities by category (for example, health)

Health and Human Services (HHS)
Grant Information for Current and Prospective HHS Grantees
In support of its mission, HHS awards grants for more than 300 programs and is the largest grant-awarding agency in the Federal government.
HHS GrantsForecast - Begin the process by learning about planned grant funding opportunities.

Non-NIH Funding Opportunities - Grants and Fellowships
• This directory of Non-NIH Funding Opportunities includes a variety of international grants and fellowships in biomedical and behavioral research. Its goal is to provide information about additional funding opportunities available to those in the field of global health research. The directory is maintained by the Fogarty International Center, the international component of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Be aware of local and state foundations that may have specific or general funding opportunities. Foundations might have a regular funding cycle (once a quarter, once a year) or have general funds that they award at their discretion to relevant proposals.

California HealthCare Foundation

• CHCF supports projects that are aligned with the objectives of its programs: Better Chronic Disease Care, Innovations for the Underserved, Market and Policy Monitor, and Health Reform and Public Programs Initiative. The projects funded have relevance to California health issues as described in the program descriptions, and generally have implications beyond a single institution. While unsolicited requests are accepted by the foundation, most of its grants are solicited or made through a competitive RFP process.

March of Dimes - Scholarships and Grants
• The March of Dimes awards community-based program grants.
• Scholarships are available for graduate perinatal nurses.
• The Agnes Higgins Award spotlights maternal-fetal nutrition.

March of Dimes - California Grants
• The March of Dimes California Chapter funds programs that address the health concerns of pregnant women, moms and babies. Our grants program has two components: Community Grants and Community Awards.

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
In alignment with its fundraising support for Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford, the Foundation invests in promoting systems that offer high-quality, family-centered, culturally competent, and coordinated care within a medical home for children with special health care needs.
Funding Process
• The Foundation invests in programs and projects that have the potential to improve California's systems of care for children with special health care needs and their families.
• Generally, the Foundation invites applications for grant proposals, however unsolicited proposals for projects that advance the Foundation's mission and contribute to achieving its goals are welcome.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Center for Sharing Public Health Services: Shared Services Learning Community - Funding for teams of public health officials, policymakers, and other stakeholders to explore, implement and/or improve cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangements between two or more public health agencies. The application deadline in August 29, 2012.
Grants - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides grants for projects that advance their mission to improve the health and health care of all Americans.
Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research - Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research supports researchers whose crosscutting and innovative ideas promise to contribute meaningfully to improving health and health care policy. The program provides one of the few funding opportunities in the United States for investigator-initiated projects that are broad in scope, innovative in approach, and have national policy relevance.
Local Initiative Funding Partners - Local Initiative Funding Partners (LIFP) is a partnership program between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and local grantmakers that supports creative, collaborative, community-based projects to improve health and health care for vulnerable populations.

Rural Assistance Center (RAC)
Rural Funding Opportunities - Summaries of funding programs provided by RAC.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Roadmaps to Health Community Grants - The Roadmaps to Health Community Grants support two-year state and local efforts among policymakers, business, education, health care, public health, and community organizations.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) U.S.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grants Database - The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.

Issue-specific Foundations
Issue-specific foundations are another potential source of funding, either through a regular grant cycle or through special opportunities. Here are two examples:
American Diabetes Association
Heart Foundation