Discretionary Grants Program

Discretionary Grants are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year. The program provides grants to fund small, discrete, time-limited projects and activities.  Awards for regional projects are typically around $5,000, and statewide activities that highly align with mission may be awarded grants up to $10,000.

How to Apply for a Discretionary Grant

Interested applicants may submit an initial letter of inquiry (LOI) electronically by clicking the “Manage Your Grant” link on the left sidebar of this page.

If the LOI is approved by MeHAF staff, a full application will be requested. PLEASE NOTE: An organization can receive only one Discretionary Grant per calendar year.

  • Projects must have a clear start and end date and be completed within a 12-month period.
  • Projects must have a projected start date no earlier than six weeks from the date of submission of the LOI.
  • Upon completion of the project, grantees will be required to submit brief narrative and financial reports and asked to schedule a debrief call with the Program Officer.

Successful Discretionary Grant Proposals:

  • Respond to an emerging issue or current need
  • Plan for, pilot, or implement a new or creative approach to better serve groups or populations
  • Focus on groups or populations that face disproportionate barriers to accessing health services and achieving the best possible health

Grantee Highlights

Amount: $2,500

Time Period: (6/1/2022 - 7/31/2023)

Community Clinical Services (CCS) will begin an educational “Why Ask Pronouns” project to develop norms around asking for and using proper pronouns with patients. The project will work to start addressing the issue of LGBTQIA+ individuals feeling unsafe and disrespected in health care settings. The project will utilize two tools to encourage providers and staff to respect and ask patient pronouns, one will be a ribbon on each CCS staff’s ID badge that identifies their pronouns and the other will be information translated into five of the most used non-English languages to inform the importance of proper pronoun use. Although small, CCS hopes these steps will be impactful and help better serve their patients from the LGBTQIA+ community.

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