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.

Please note that at this time MeHAF will not be funding projects focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic under the Discretionary Grants program.

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

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.
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You can find Discretionary Grant FAQs here or contact Program Officer Andrea Francis via or phone: 207.620.8266 x118.